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Temper

Temper

Geschrieben von Layne Fargo

Erzählt von Hillary Huber und Jayme Mattler


Temper

Geschrieben von Layne Fargo

Erzählt von Hillary Huber und Jayme Mattler

Bewertungen:
3.5/5 (16 Bewertungen)
Länge:
9 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Jul 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781508286608
Format:
Hörbuch

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Beschreibung

For fans of the high-stakes tension of the New York Times best sellers Luckiest Girl Alive and The Lying Game, a razor-sharp, pause-resister about female ambition and what happens when fake violence draws real blood.

After years of struggling in the Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira Rascher finally lands the role of a lifetime. The catch? Starring in Temper means working with Malcolm Mercer, a mercurial director who’s known for pushing his performers past their limits — on stage and off.

Kira’s convinced she can handle Malcolm, but the theater’s cofounder, Joanna Cuyler, is another story. Joanna sees Kira as a threat — to her own thwarted artistic ambitions, her twisted relationship with Malcolm, and the shocking secret she’s keeping about the upcoming production. But as opening night draws near, Kira and Joanna both start to realize that Malcolm’s dangerous extremes are nothing compared to what they're capable of themselves.

An edgy, addictive, and fiendishly clever tale of ambition, deceit, and power, Temper is a timely, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.

Freigegeben:
Jul 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781508286608
Format:
Hörbuch

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Über den Autor

Layne Fargo is the author of the thrillers Temper and They Never Learn. She’s a Pitch Wars mentor, Vice President of the Chicagoland chapter of Sisters in Crime, and the cocreator of the podcast Unlikeable Female Characters. Layne lives in Chicago with her partner and their pets.


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  • (5/5)
    An absolutely brilliant novel about the intense emotional turmoil behind the scenes of a small theatre production. But mainly just the tension that grows and intensifies continuously between the characters through the entire novel. Truly incredible. I personally loved it!!
  • (5/5)
    Thank you, Goodreads, for my complimentary review copy.The apt title sets the tone and is also the name of the play at the heart of this novel. I enjoy the theater, but I had no clue how much work went into the prep and/or the action behind the scenes. This provided a fascinating glimpse.Set in Chicago’s theater world, Fargo’s debut novel centers around protagonist, Kira, an aspiring actress, and Joanna, co-founder of the Indifferent Honest Theater Company. The short chapters alternate from the perspectives of these two characters. Both are ambitious and passionate about their career...and about the devastatingly handsome and charismatic Malcolm Mercer(“Mal”).Mercurial, manipulative, dedicated, and demanding, Mal is a man of extremes. He pushes himself and those in his life to the breaking point. He not only started the theater with Joanna, but also directs and plays the lead in every production. And, further complicating matters, he and Joanna live together. But, their exact relationship is ambiguous.Adding to the mix are Spence (Kira’s roommate), Bryn (theater intern), Rob (journalist), and finally Jason(stage actor). Although these are supporting characters, they are well fleshed-out. They share a history with Kira, Joanna, and Mal. Their relationship dynamics are no less provocative than Temper itself.Overall, I loved this book. It had a compelling storyline, great character development (alternating voices greatly help with that), and good plot twists. And that ending...definitely didn’t see that coming! I greatly look forward to reading more from this author.
  • (2/5)

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    Temper is not at all the thriller I expected. In fact, it's not a thriller at all, but more of a highly sexualized, dramatic study of dysfunctional characters. So here's the thing: If you enjoy books like 50 Shades, where sex is used as a warped kind of weapon and the male lead gets his rocks off by breaking the will of women, you might love this book. I intensely disliked 50 Shades, and I disliked this one only a little less than that.The entire plot hinges on readers buying into Malcolm being a man of intense magnetism. And herein lies the next problem. I never felt it. Not even a little bit. He's a small-time stage actor, so there's no celebrity factor. He's rude, demanding, difficult, spoiled. He has no wealth. I saw absolutely nothing that would make women - and men - drop at his feet as if he's a king offering the key to the kingdom. And yet, they all did. Every single one of the characters bent to his will, never questioning his warped demands. And, finally, absolutely nothing about the story surprised me. We ended how and where I expected, because the entire story led exactly there.As you can tell, this book was not for me. But the writing is good and the author does touch on some important issues. Definitely try it if this sort of story appeals to you.*I received this book from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway.*

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