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Web of Evil: A Novel of Suspense (Ali Reynolds) (original 2007; edition 2007)

by J.A. Jance

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Title:Web of Evil: A Novel of Suspense (Ali Reynolds)
Authors:J.A. Jance
Info:Pocket Star (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Web of Evil by J. A. Jance (Author) (2007)

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I've been listening to the audio versions of a few of J.A. Jance's novels as they become available through our library. As a result I'm going through the Ali Reynolds series out of order. But each book reads well on its own and the author's done a great job of providing sufficient background information to understand the characters.

The book I heard this week was Web of Evil, a mystery in which a former news host, Ali Reynolds, becomes a suspect in a brutal murder. I find it interesting that Ali Reynolds is a blogger, because the books seem more about personal problems of the type that might show up on a blog than about the mysteries. Ali uses her blog to vent and in the process receives advice and support. Because there's a crime investigation taking place while Ali is keeping up her blog, she posts information that made me want to scream at her foolishness. But I kept listening.

While the mystery goes on in Web of Evil there is also a story unfolding of raising children in broken families. Ali Reynolds is a single mother. The father of her son, Chris, died years earlier. Ali remarried and, as this book begins, she's heading to California to sign divorce papers. She has a friend, Dave (a detective), who is also divorced. His ex has custody of their two children and has moved quite a distance away from his home in Sedona, Arizona. His daughter, Chrystal, has some serious problems which have caused her to act out in ways that could affect the rest of her life. And a third dysfunctional family appears in the story because the husband Ali is about to divorce has a fiance he's planned to marry the very next day. This young woman has a terrible relationship with her mother and an unwanted child on the way. J.A. Jance weaves these stories together to explore major issues families can experience. Although these issues are extreme, we live in an imperfect world and most readers can identify with aspects of these problems. This is Jance's greatest strength. The characters are extreme, but feel real.

Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions ( )
  SteveLindahl | Aug 31, 2014 |
Reasonably well-paced and well-developed suspense novel. It is no great shakes, but it makes for entertaining reading. ( )
  tororojo | Apr 23, 2010 |
Not believable at all. Felt like it was a waste of my time but was for a book club dicussion. ( )
  alebel | Jul 16, 2009 |
The second of the three books about Ali Reynolds. Knew a few things plotwise ahead of time from reading the third book. Didn't precisely spoil the book for me but I do recommend reading them in order.
  hailelib | Jun 10, 2009 |
Lead character's (Allie) husband is murdered on the way to the court hearing and she is the prime suspect. Since she is still his wife, she inherits everything and his pregnant girlfriend gets nothing. The murderer was obvious right from the beginning. There were a couple of mildly interesting subplots. Allie is unbelieveably stupid in that she ignores the advice of her lawyer --leave the gun in the safe, ignore's her mother's advice -- don't befriend the fiance and ignore's a cop friend's advice -- stay down and keep quiet. Hate characters that are so oblivious to danger. ( )
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For Donna A., the last missing piece of my childhood. I've been looking for you for years.
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When the man opened his eyes, it was so dark that at first he thought they were still closed.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743561600, Audio CD)

J.A. Jance's new series, begun in the New York Times bestseller Edge of Evil, continues with a powerhouse tale of suspense.

The highway from Los Angeles to the Palm Springs desert is parched, unforgiving, and deadly. In the suffocating stillness of a car trunk, a man -- his mouth and hands bound with tape -- awaits his fate. What possible enemy could be bitter enough to commit such a heinous crime? And when will the monster make another move?

Ali Reynolds is traveling that same blistering, lonesome highway, looking forward to putting her past behind her. But her cheating husband is in a hurry for a divorce, and the television network who wrongfully dismissed Ali for the sole sin of being over forty will face her in court as well. So Ali must return to the scene of these crimes. As she passes the site of a horrifying accident, she thanks goodness it's no longer her job to report the news. Until she finds out the news is her own. . . . For the victim is Ali's cheating husband, and soon she'll find herself the prime suspect at the center of a terrifying web of evil.

A twisted and lethal drama of heart-pounding suspense, Web of Evil asks the question: If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, just what punishment could that fury unleash?

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Hopping mad after her termination from a high-profile anchor job, Ali Reynolds returns to her Arizona hometown and vents her outrage on a personal blog, but when her estranged husband is found dead in Palm Springs, Ali finds herself accused of his murder.… (more)

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