With a divorce from her cheating husband of ten years pending and her high-profile broadcasting career abruptly ended by TV executives who wanted a "younger face," Alison Reynolds feels there's nothing keeping her in L. Summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childhood friend, she seeks solace in the comforting rhythms of her parents' diner, the Sugarloaf Cafae, and launches an on-line blog as therapy for others who have been similarly cut loose.
But when threatening posts begin appearing, Ali finds out that running a blog is far more up-close and personal--and far more dangerous--than sitting behind a news desk. 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. Web of Evil gives us J.
Jance at her most masterful in a twisted and lethal drama of heart-pounding suspense that asks the question: If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, just what punishment could that fury unleash?
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Nov 28, Amanda McGill rated it it was ok Shelves: Edge of Evil was a super quick, easy read. The main character, Alison, was relatable, but not always likeable. Some of her thoughts and blog posts I had to shake my head at. The mystery was ok, but nothing too exciting or thrilling. I liked the novel enough to want to continue on with this series.
This author was a favorite of my stepdad's, as his JP Beaumont character was in Seattle. I like this new character, and will definitely read more of her exploits. As I listened to the well-read audiobook, I enjoyed it very much. Apr 13, Peggy rated it it was ok. When I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be good. Unfortunately, it turned into a "perils of Pauline" and not much of a mystery. The scene with Witherspoon wasn't very believable. The denouement wasn't satisfactory, and the book was disappointing. Jul 20, Deb Carlson rated it it was amazing. Ali Reynolds, news reporter.
A character that comes off the page into your imagination as a real woman. She is someone most of us can identify with or admire.
I admire and enjoyed this first novel about her. Kept me glued to the story or thinking about it whe unable to read. I don't want to give anything away. Too important that this be enjoyed by others.
Jul 08, Elizabeth rated it liked it Recommends it for: Edge of Evil Ali Reynolds, 1 by J. Jance from the library text and unabridged audio edition of 7 cd's three stars for the plot and four stars for the female protagonist Allison, known as Ali, is somebody's wife ,but not for long, Mother, daughter, best friend and journalist. She seems like a normal person. She has ethics, drive, compassion, loyalty. She's not afraid to get her hands dirty or work hard. She could be my best friend any day. Feb 27, Tiffeny rated it liked it.
They're entertaining enough and very clean. As usual though, there are bunch of things that totally bug me. The book is basically a multitude of small contradictions, inconsistencies, and just bone-headed moves. It makes me wonder if the author is simple or if she thinks her readers are. A few that bugged me the most are: Apparently, the police in Sedona don't really investigate things.
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They just take everything at face value,. A typed, unsigned suicide note is found, with no evidence of where it was typed. The police take it as true without question. The husband is having an affair, but once the suicide note is fine, he's totally off the hook. The list of improbable and naive elements goes on and on. I mean seriously, thank heaven's Ali is there so she can save the day. All she talks about is Ali's relationship with her during high school, Ali relationship with her after high school, how Ali lost touch with her for a while but how they reconnected again, and then she touched briefly on Reenie's work.
It was the most self-centered Euology I'd ever heard.
No word about Reenie's kids, how much she loved them, how much she enjoyed being their mother. I thought that was super lame, but no surprise as Ali is impressively egocentric.www.kenyansafarisguide.com/includes/51/4273.php
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Ali as a blogger is disgustingly indiscreet, posting personal details of her own life and the lives of her loved ones - details of her friend's death, her own marriage, and more. She's 10 feet away from her attacker and reaches into her purse with his permission for her cell phone. But instead of grabbing the gun sitting right beside the cell phone, she just grabs the cell phone, cause she might not have time to pull the gun out and aim it before he closes the 10 foot gap.
Stupidest thing I have ever heard. Small details like these drive me nuts. But apparently don't stop me from reading these books, so there you go. Jun 20, Catrinka rated it really liked it. I've only read two other J. Jance novels and they were each the first book in two of her other series, J. Beaumont and Joanna Brady.
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They were just so-so in my opinion. This first book in Jance's Ali Reynolds series is much better, I think. Enough so, that I'll probably try more in this particular series. Aug 24, Maxine rated it it was ok. Considering how popular JA Jance books are, it pains me to say that I just can't get into them. Largely due to what seems to be a variety of unlikeable female lead characters surrounded by great secondary characters who are always shortchanged.
The lead in this book definitely falls into that category. I liked the conceit of Ali being a washed out newscaster because ageism and sexism is a serious issue in the TV industry. Also liked that she returned home to lick her wounds and was trying to inv Considering how popular JA Jance books are, it pains me to say that I just can't get into them. Also liked that she returned home to lick her wounds and was trying to investigate what happened to her best friend.
But the way that Ali went around, seemingly steamrolling her way through town and jumping to conclusions was rough. The clunky red herrings felt like I wasted a lot of energy on things that meant nothing and the ultimate reveal of whodunnit was so completely rushed and out of the blue, it turned the whole book into a massive letdown in the end. I was also not a fan of the whole blogging conceit - it's ludicrous that a woman who was on TV AND a veteran journalist would put so many personal details on the internet like that, to say nothing of how the posts themselves rubbed me the wrong way, tone-wise.
Each time there was a post and email read back, it really took me out of the story. Jun 10, Julianne rated it it was amazing. This is Book 1 of the Alison Reynolds mystery series. This one begins with a female something news anchor being fired because she is no longer a female something news anchor. Enter the first of four attorneys that hover throughout this book to handle Ali's problems -- wrongful termination, possible divorce, maybe some hidden secrets in her friend's life, etc.
Her son suggests that with her journalism background, This is Book 1 of the Alison Reynolds mystery series.
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Her son suggests that with her journalism background, she should write a blog. And so begins "Cut Loose", the blog about her personal life, her family, friends, the town of Sedona, justice and injustice in Flagstaff, cats, child custody, gun control, suicide, self-defense, hospital emergency rooms, a hometown diner, family recipes, and more.
People read her blog and make comments, and that just adds to the fun! I really enjoyed reading this book! I had already read Book 2, Web of Evil , for a book club, so I am just catching up.