Hannah Whitfield is tired of living a lie. She's been so caught up in hiding her affair from her husband, Jeff, and her three children that she cannot remember the last time she was honest with anyone, including her lover, Clint. Telling Jeff the truth is the hardest thing she's ever done, but she expects Clint to understand when she ends the affair. After all, he's the one who said "When it's over, it's over." Instead, he spends months stalking and intimidating Hannah. At last, Hannah believes she has finally convinced him to give up, and she and Jeff go camping. But Clint follows, and his actions alter the course of Hannah's destiny forever.
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Mary Paddock has a wonderful skill . She creates a character so multi-layered that they become very very real to the reader and makes them easy to identify with. I found Hannah to have a heart so much like myself, a mother with children I love dearly , complicated relationships and everyday life problem. Decisions are not easy and get complicated by details , just like most of us and like most of us, mistakes in judgement are occasionally wrong. This book truly did keep me totally locked in, sympathizing, nodding my head in agreement and then saying (sometimes out loud! ) "No no, you do not want to do that!". Then heart stopping moments that felt shocking , sometimes followed by tears. There was nothing ordinary about this read. Nothing. It gives the reader a dose of emotions that reach across the scale, but never never is it boring. Full of surprises, right to the end. Which I was wishing would not come as soon as it did. Hours of being absolutely immersed in another life , providing a bit of escape from everyday , whatever that brings for anyone. I don't very often strongly urge people to read a particular novel. This one I have pressed friends and strangers alike to read. it has something for almost everyone. Spirituality, a touch of occultism, love, sex , even some shocking violence (which in this case was absolutely necessary to the story line!). Don't take my word for it.... READ !
Author Mary Paddock has the rare talent of storytelling at its best in Bright. I found myself engrossed in the characters and the storyline immediately as she led me through the "why" of Clint and Hanna's affair. Why did a thirty-something woman with a successful career, a husband, and three children risk everything? This question had many layers which Paddock skillfully revealed. As humans, we have a tenancy to become self-absorbed, uncommunicative, and blind to everyday issues and relationships; we tend to bury our heads in the sand. Mary Paddock skillfully wove these characteristics into Jeff's personality. In turn, revealing the effect upon Hanna and their marriage. Hanna was ripe for the plucking when Clint entered her life. However, nothing turned out as she thought. As a result, disaster waited just ahead for Hanna and her family as Clint revealed his real personality. From stalking, intimidation, and threats, Clint unravels revealing an evil which boggles the mind. Bright's filled with emotion; from intense insecurity, fear, desperation, hope, family dynamics, and commitment; to acceptance of knowing we are loved and protected by a higher authority. Paddock skillfully includes faith and spiritual elements into the storyline. I am not sure I would classify the realm Hanna finds as paranormal; without giving away spoilers, I can not go into greater detail. I found the characterization of Riana, the college-age daughter, and the two teenage boys excellent. Watching Riana comes to grips with life as she now knew it, was fascinating, sad, and finally joyful; the author progressively matured each of the siblings as they faced an evil psychopath bent on destruction. Mary Paddock gives the reader an explosive, emotional, nail-biting, action-packed, ending. MY OPINION: Although an intense suspense story, it has a wonderful feel-good ending. I found myself smiling as I closed my E-reader. Of course, this was after 380 some odd pages of intense emotion and action. Paddock's writing style's easy to follow with scenes which transitioned smoothly. She easily incorporated mystery, mayhem, and spirituality. Although told from differing perspectives, I had no problem following the storyline to the ultimate conclusion. I felt I came to know the characters and found myself enmeshed in their lives. What a cruel, evil, monster, Paddock created in Clint's character. This story could be taken from today's headlines. As a result, it is realistic and believable. The author created secondary characters who added depth to the story. Each one is necessary to the multi-layered plotting's twists and turns. I could not read this story fast enough and loved every minute I spent with the characters. I felt emotions ranging from the lowest lows to the highest highs. What more could you ask from an author? I am not often moved as this story touched me; I found myself in tears several times. BRIGHT RECOMMENDATION: STARS 5 I found this novel exceptional, with skillful plotting, and a smooth writing style. I found Paddocks characters well-balanced and did not see the characters as one-dimensional or flat. Bright has a few curse words which I overlooked as the story's well crafted. As a result, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to my blog subscribers or buy Bright for myself or a friend. ALSO PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I borrowed this novel from ------- and received a copy from Dreaming Big Publication .