|Plot Summary of Someone to Watch Over Me|
When the rich successful husband of a beautiful New York actress mysteriously disappears, she plunges into a desparate search to find him...and into a menacing web of secrets, deception and danger.
Leigh Kendall reveled in her stellar Broadway acting career and in her marriage to Logan Manning, scion on an old New York family. When her husband finds an old country cabin, he decides to build their dream house and surprise Leigh with her first view of the mountain property. After a Sunday night performance, Leigh heads north to join him, and into a blinding blizzard. Lost and alone, she's off the road. When she awakes in the local hospital seriously injured, she asks for her husband. The police arrive to inform her that he has mysteriously disappeared, and Laigh, although obviously distraught, becomes the focus of their suspicions.
The more Leigh discovers about her husband and his business affairs,the less she realizes she knew about Logan Manning.
She gets more involved into unknown territory, and the next thing she realizes is that enemies and friends are hard to distinquish and the truth becomes the most terrifying weapon of all.
This synopsis report prepared by Boppy
Atria, Jan 2003, 25.00, 494 pp.
Highly regarded Broadway actress Leigh Kendall believes life is great. She is at the acme of her stage career and is starring in a successful play and her personal life may even be at a higher peak because she loves her husband Logan Manning. On the whole, her life is perfect except for the expensive gifts from an unknown admirer whose “generosity” frightens her.
Logan purchases a country cottage, which he plans to convert into a love nest for them. Following a performance, Leigh is to meet her spouse at their dream home where she will see it for the first time. However, a blizzard leads to her being in a car accident and waking in a hospital. She also learns from the police that Logan has vanished and she is the prime suspect in his disappearance. Not willing to sit idly by, Leigh beings making inquiries into the activities of the man she loved only to find a façade that when removed is nothing like the man she cherished. With no one to turn to for help and unable to distinguish friend from foe, Leigh now struggles to remain alive.
This is definitely déjà vu as Judith McNaught is heading back to the New York Times best seller list with a powerful romantic suspense novel hat is superb. The exhilarating story line works on all levels as readers observe the transformation of Leigh from a loving elated individual into a frightened rabbit with no haven anywhere. Though somewhat different from her usual work, this powerful tale will remind the audience of the Goldie Hawn movie Deceived. Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this delightful tale. It was well worth he long wait to read such an enthralling work by an author who keeps raising the bar with each book she writes.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Someone to Watch Over Me|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- Pacific NW
- New York
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of breasts
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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