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A taut and terrifying thriller about the lengths to which we'll go to make our dreams come true Hedda Chase is a top flight executive producer at Gladiator Films fast tracked in the business since she graduated from Yale An aggressive businesswoman she recently pulled the plug on a film project initiated by one of her predecessors The screenwriter on the project was Hugh Waters a wannabe with a dead end marriage and a day job at an insurance company This sc. Early on in A Stranger Like You one character asks another what kind of person can create characters who are absolute monsters The idea is that someone who can write about a fictional person committing atrocious acts is also very capable of committing those same acts as well With that in mind I m a little hesitant to put my opinion out on the internet but since I won a First Reads copy here goes nothing If I disappear in the near future consider this your official lead The character who asks the aforementioned uestion Hedda Chase is a Hollywood producer who un green light s the screenplay of one seriously deranged dude As a partial explanation she says that people don t really want gratuitous sex and violence in their movies but that that is all that Hollywood is putting before them so they re taking what they re given And that s exactly how I feel I like thrillers and love stories as much as the next person but it has to advance the plot And I cannot stand characters who are evil just because the plot calls for them to be And that s all there is here Dark scene after dark scene getting progressively and unpleasant to read If I hadn t felt obligated to finish I wouldn t have read than a handful of chapters There is not a single character to root for in the entire book They re all either completely despicable or just too bland to be cared about Brundage s attempts at humanizing the antagonist only serve to make him heinous as a person and the book that much unpleasant to readThe time line is not chronological which is pretty confusing especially since at the first it also switches to second person And let s be honest second person is really only good for choose your own adventure books Especially since it takes a while to figure out who you are The messed up time line didn t add anything to the story either except to advance it s political agenda and I for one do NOT read novels for propaganda If I want to hear your message you better write some good non fiction because that crap does not belong in my pleasure readingTo be fair the writing itself is very good from a technical point of view However good writing can t make up for the utter lack of enjoyment of what you re readingIf you re into torture porn like the Saw movies you ll probably really enjoy this one To the normal cross section of society I say stay far far away

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Ke its course This is the set up for a troubling smart deadly look at women and images of women at media as a high stakes game and the selling of a war as theatre One key character is an Ira veteran and one of Hedda's projects is a film about women in Ira Brundage's Los Angeles is a casual battleground that trades carelessly in lives and dreams As always her characters are complicated surprising and intense in this high velocity provocative novelWatch a Vid. My third free book from the Goodreads giveaway program An insurance underwriter writes a screenplay with the hopes of changing his mundane life He is inches from a movie deal when a producer puts the kibosh on the whole project He exacts his revenge by subjecting the producer to a scene from his screenplay He drugs her puts her in the trunk of her vintage BMW drives to LAX and parks leaving the keys in the ignition The plight of the producer is the thread that links a number of interesting characters This story is about the internal struggles of these characters and their ability or inability to cope with the life that s been dealt to them than about the fate of the producer Great story

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Ript was his ticket out until Hedda tampered with his plans claiming his violence was over the top his premise not credible and his ending implausible Hugh decides to prove otherwise by staging his script's ending and casting Hedda Chase as the victim He flies to Los Angeles and finds Hedda kidnaps her and locks her in the trunk of her vintage BMW in the parking lot at LAX He leaves the keys in the ignition the parking ticket on the dash and lets destiny ta. It all starts with a PremiseHugh Waters was so excited that he had sold his script His whole life was about to change Then a new person was put in charge so the contract was canceled He believed the new person Hedda Chase was wrong when she said NO to his project So Hugh jumped on a plane to Los Angeles just to talk to her make her see the script was goodThe conversation didn t go as planned when she declared his story unbelievable Stressed to a breaking point Hugh decided to reenact the terrifying ending using Miss Chase as the victim Now her life hangs in the balance when Hugh plan takes an unplanned turnThis is story about how far someone may go to fulfill his dreams Set in the high pressure of life in Hollywood it is a scary look at just how uickly things can go wrong I would characterize the story as intense psychological story than as a thriller The characters are uniuely fit together sometimes at too much of a coincidence to ring true but the characters themselves are believable with their many faults Hugh is bored with his life including both his job and his marriage I felt sorry for his wife The character of Hedda Chase is very unlikable so it takes a little work on the part of the reader to become concerned about her fate The homeless girl showing up at weird times and places gave me pause Bringing in a character Denny an Irai war vet adds a sense of current events to the story but again his actions were confusing at times With all that said I did enjoy the book it just was not what I expected It was much psychological as first Hugh definitely suffers a break from reality but it seems all the other characters do as well This turns into a character study set off by one event that connects it each character to the others The way the story itself was written was the part that made it interesting as it was told from the points of view of three different people and we actually got to read what was in their minds what they were thinking To me this saved the book The characters were well written the plot just seemed forced and contrivedThis is the first book I have read by this author and understand her past novel The Doctor s Wife was very successful and received excellent reviews so I will probably add it to my wish list This one was just a bit off the mark for meDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Plume Books A Division of The Penguin Group I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 19s 16 CFR Part 255 1CGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising 1D


10 thoughts on “A Stranger Like You

  1. says:

    Early on in A Stranger Like You one character asks another what kind of person can create characters who are absolute monsters The idea is that someone who can write about a fictional person committing atrocious acts is also very capable of committing those same acts as well With that in mind I'm a little hesitant to put my opinion out on the internet but since I won a First Reads copy here goes nothing If I disappear in the ne

  2. says:

    This is a crime novel that I'd happily reco

  3. says:

    Hugh is very upset when he finds out the Hollywood screen play which had been accepted has now been withdrawn by a new ex

  4. says:

    The Strangers Among Us Three by Elizabeth BrundageThe Doctor’s Wife Plume 2005Somebody Else’s Daughter Plume 2009A Stranger Like You Plume 2011There are many things to praise about Elizabeth Brundage’s novels

  5. says:

    It all starts with a PremiseHugh Waters was so excited that he had sold his script His whole life was about to change Then a new person was put in charge so the contract was canceled He believed the new person Hedda Chase was wrong w

  6. says:

    SPOILERS GALORE Sorry to say this was my least favorite of Brundage’s books ☹ It was disappointing for me since her other 2 books make my favorite list This was “too Hollywood” and not believable much like Hugh’s script ‘The Adjuste

  7. says:

    A hauntingly written narrative about several misfits who through a variety of circumstances come together to have a major impact on each other's lives We first meet Hugh Waters an insurance salesman who is a writer wanna be He has left his wife in New Jersey and traveled to Los Angeles to confront a renowned film producer Hedda Chase who has rejected Hugh's screenplay It soon becomes uite apparent that Waters is psycho

  8. says:

    My third free book from the Goodreads giveaway program An insurance underwriter writes a screenplay with the hopes of changing his mundane life He is inches from a movie deal when a producer puts the kibosh on the whole project He exacts his

  9. says:

    This book was really hard to rate it's a 25 Definitely not one of my favorites by Elizabeth Brundage I had high hopes for it since I LOVED all her other books I didn't like any of the characters Denny had the most redeeming

  10. says:

    I picked up this book 2 years ago and just recently picked it back up to finish GOOD LORD I wish I had finished this sooner Once I started up again I could not stop This book is definitely worth a read

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