|Plot Summary of Truth or Dare|
Putnam, Jan 2004, 24.95, 416 pp.
After escaping from a mental institution and proving her sanity to the in-laws who committed her, Zoe is happy that she and private detective Ethan Thax discovered who really killed her husband. Both Zoe and Ethan decide to give their marriage of convenience a chance to become something deeper as they settle into domestic tranquility in Whispering Springs, Arizona.
Zoe's peace of mind suffers a severe setback when she senses some disturbed psychic energy, the kind that she felt in the mental institution. While Zoe worries that she might be going crazy, her friend Arcadia who also lives in Whispering Springs finds herself in danger from the husband who once tried to kill her. She has something he wants and Grant will use any means to retrieve it. He muddles the works by making it look like Ethan is the target and if they don't discover the truth soon Arcadia will find herself in deadly danger.
TRUTH OR DARE is Jayne Ann Krentz at her very best. Her quirky characters include a Feng Shui psychic interior decorator, a body guard that looks like a skeleton and two cute children who play matchmaker for their mother. They make this work of romantic suspense a delightful reading experience. There are three different couples and several sub-plots that lead into the main storyline that adds a sense of family to what is essentially an action oriented tale. Ms Krentz's talent continues to grow and change in amazing ways that will please fans of this talented author.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Truth or Dare|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- stalking/killing innocents
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- champion of justice
- Pacific NW
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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