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There Are No Accidents by Susan Bacoyanis
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There Are No Accidents

by Susan Bacoyanis

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"In matters of life and death....there are no accidents". This book consists of three short stories - "Paranoia", "Cat Nap", and "The Journal" - which are seemingly stand-alone, but which cleverly link together to form a complete, well-plotted story. "Paranoia" was a definite five-star read. Written in the first-person perspective, this is the account of a woman who believes her husband wants her dead. I was completely gripped by this and kept wondering all the way through whether this was truly a case of paranoia. The ending was totally unexpected. In "Cat Nap", there is a different female protagonist, but she also finds herself in a difficult marriage and decides to write a journal detailing her broken relationship. Again, there were twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Finally, "The Journal" brings all three stories together and ties them up neatly. There is plenty of suspense, betrayal, manipulation, death, and lots of surprises. The writing was really good and the concept very inventive. The only thing that stopped me from giving it the five stars in the end, is the fact that there were things in the last two stories that required a willing suspension of disbelief, and the third story suddenly had a different tone. The first two stories were true psychological thrillers, in the third story the tone changed, and it felt as if the author veered off into a different genre. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading this and I think it is a pretty impressive debut by Susan Bacoyanis whose writing career I shall follow from here on out. ( )
  Pet12 | Nov 28, 2016 |
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In life THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS, only consequences of our actions. When Frances, Lauren and Tom, independently face challenging decisions based on their emotions of fear, obsession and revenge only two of them survive and form a relationship connected by the third, who neither met while she was alive. PART ONE: PARANOIA. FEAR is destructive . . . When Frances suspects that her adulterous husband has sinister intentions, she must confront her emotion of fear and decide if it is real or simply paranoia. PART TWO: CAT NAP. OBSESSION is dangerous . . . Lauren’s obsession in detailing her cruel, sexually addictive husband’s misdemeanors, provides LA detective Tom, with key information. Little had she known the value of this irreplaceable book and how it would manifest revenge. PART THREE: REVENGE is deadly . . . When Frances and Tom are the target of revenge by a convicted killer, their decisive actions, based on their need for survival, pirouette them into a world that thrives on fear and revenge. Frances soon comes to realize that she is indelibly linked to Lauren and Tom by the resurgence of all three emotions, fear, obsession and revenge which cycle through their lives as a constant theme, reminding them that each action and interaction has a consequence which develops their life's journey. In each part a death occurs, but none are by accident.

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