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Vanessa is sitting in a restaurant with Melanie, a woman in her early twenties with curly, dark hair.
“So anyway,” Melanie says. She is wearing chic business attire and diamond-studded hoop earrings. “He stopped by my cubicle this morning and asked me if I wanted to go with him to a party on Thursday. I told him, calmly, that I have to check my schedule.”
“Oh yeah,” Vanessa says. “That was a good response.”
“So what’s going on in married land?”
“Are you sure? You’re kind of quiet,” Melanie says.
“Well, something strange happened last night,” Vanessa says.
“When I was putting away the clothes, I saw a note on Peter’s tablet. There was a woman’s name and phone number on it. And today’s date was in tiny print in the corner.”
“Did you ask him about it?” Melanie asks.
“No, I mean, I figured it could belong to a classmate or something.”
“Girl, you should’ve asked about it,” Melanie says.
“Then I woke up in the middle of the night and he was gone. And so was his cell phone.”
“And you didn’t ask him about that either?”
Vanessa clasps her wedding rings. “Well, we’re married, and I trust him.”
“Who are you trying to convince? Me or yourself? I think…”
“What really bothered me was that we had plans for dinner tonight. And when I reminded him this morning, he said he had a study group meeting tonight.”
“What?” Melanie says. “Did he just pull a study group out of his pocket? Since when does he have a ‘study group’?”
“That’s what I said. Sort of. I asked what the study group was for.”
“He said it was for some big legal case study for one of his classes,” Vanessa says.
“Did he mention this case before?”
“No! I know you don’t really care for Peter, but I need some advice. I’m starting to get suspicious. I mean, I do trust him. But something isn’t adding up.”
“All right,” Melanie says. “I have a suggestion. Please just listen to it. I think that you should follow him tonight. See…”
Vanessa yells. “Whaaat! Are you serious? I need real advice, not advice on how to spy on my husband.”
Several restaurant patrons turn around to look at them.
Melanie whispers under her breath. “If he’s cheating, then?”
“He’s not cheating,” Vanessa whispers back.
“Then what are you suspicious of?”
“I don’t know.”
“Girl, if you want the truth you have to find it out firsthand.”
“What do you mean?” She stops for a moment. “You know what, this is absurd,” Vanessa says.
“Peter is not going to tell you the real deal. If he’s at a study group, fine. But if he’s not, you need to know.”
“I feel so wrong. How dare I follow my husband?”
“I hope we are wrong. I’ll tell you this: You better start wondering how he dare hold a phone conversation in the middle of the night, in your apartment, running up your cell phone bill.”
“I don’t know.”
The waiter comes over.
“You don’t share the bills, Vanessa.”
“How is everything, ladies?”
“Fine. Can we get the check, please?” Melanie asks.
“Yes,” the waiter responds.
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3 *** – Not a bad story
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
When I read the blurb, I was excited about it so I expected to like this book more. Even a novella of little less than 200 pages as this book seemed to be can offer a storyline with depth and well-fleshed-out characters. Actually, even short-stories can do that. I know it because most of the books I write are short-stories. So I was taken aback when Psychic Readings finished. And to be honest, it took me a while to understand that it had. I went so far as to check the book’s blurb to see if it was the first part of a series because the story still had a long way to go, in my opinion. I say that not only because the plot hadn’t been totally developed but because my ereader told me I was still reading at about 66% of the book. However, it was really over.
Regarding character and storyline development, the author did a good job of creating interesting main characters and supporting ones as well as writing an attractive storyline. But I had problems with her writing style. This is my personal taste, which might not be the same of the book’s intended audience’s because I’m much older than them so please take that into consideration. On the one hand I like when authors break the mold and mix the temporal line of their stories – that didn’t bother me in this book. I also don’t’ mind the recent tendency to write in the present tense. On the other hand, overuse of present continuous instead of present simple doesn’t sit well with me and Tanille Edwards does that. The other issue I had with the book is that some situations seemed too unrealistic. I don’t like to give away spoilers so I won’t go into details but I can say that in real life great professional opportunities rarely come out of the blue.
However, I’m not saying Psychic Readings is a bad book. On the contrary, as the title of this review suggests the book is good and I’m sure its target audience will connect with it much more than I did. After all, teens will probably enjoy the many fashion references Cassandra makes, which is in-line with her character being a fashion designer. Moreover, teens will also enjoy the lifestyles the three main characters lead. So I recommend this book to all teenagers and young adults who are looking for a quick read about friendship, making money, finding the right guy, and being happy.
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