by Jackie Collins

January 2004
ISBN: 0-7434-2410-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Madison Castelli finds herself in a very dangerous predicament. She is being held hostage by a gang of thieves and must watch how she responds or they could all wind up dead. In the meantime her father, Michael is busily searching for afraid his past is coming back to haunt him, yet again.

Michael has lived a life that has taken him to the edge more than once, however he has tried to bury that part of him and keep it hidden from his children. As it comes back in his face, he must face how much to tell his family and how much to protect them. He must also figure out a way to confront the danger Madison is in.

Jackie Collins style of writing is to tell us a little of everyoneís story and to do this slowly while drawing out the hooks of each characterís past. This is what makes every book of hers so compelling to read and draws and sucks the reader in, so deeply they find themselves reluctant to set them down. Deadly Embrace, is no exception to this rule.

A devoted fan of most of Collinís work, I highly enjoyed this story. I found myself on the edge of my seat more than once and rooting for the characters like Michael and Dani. The best part of any one of her characters is that they will make a huge mistake or have a huge flaw. Thatís one of the most realistic and endearing traits for characters and it makes you feel like you understand them better and want to see them win in bad situations.

For those of you that are fans of Collinís previous work, this one is no exception and youíll find yourself enthralled. For those of you that have never tried her, pick this one up and give it a shot. You may find yourself hunting for more of her work. This one connects to an earlier mini series, however, it stands entirely alone and you will learn about each character in this novel.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Katy.

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