Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nobody Has To Know by Frank Nappi: Review : Orangeberry Tour Stop


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Genre – Thriller
Rating – PG13
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Nobody Has To Know, Frank Nappi’s dark and daring new thriller, tells the story of Cameron Baldridge, a popular high school teacher whose relationship with one of his students leads him down an unfortunate and self-destructive path. Stalked through text-messages, Baldridge fights for his life against a terrifying extortion plot and the forces that threaten to expose him. Nobody Has To Know is a sobering look into a world of secrets, lies, and shocking revelations, and will leave the reader wondering many things, including whether or not you can ever really know the person you love.
“A haunting, briskly-paced page turner that explores the darkest recesses of the human psyche while propelling the reader through an intricate series of hair-raising twists and turns. Nobody Has to Know is a masterfully written tale that is expertly told. Frank Nappi knows how to  entertain the reader from start to finish.”

– #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille

The story was engaging and kept me reading, but it also contained some of the most unlikable characters I have ever met in fiction.  Almost from the first page I moaned and groaned about the poor choices and escalating repercussions of Cameron’s decisions.  I had immense difficulty seeing Cam as the savvy, well-liked educator that he is purported to be. Early on, I took a dislike to his weak obsessing and tendency to wallow in misery.  The numerous flashbacks to an early trauma with his first girlfriend did little to move the story along, in my opinion. 
Technically I thought the story well-written with the exception of one glaring grammatical problem that, unfortunately, occurred over and over again throughout the book.  One thing to say, at least the error was consistent. Though, honestly, even the most mediocre editor should have picked up on the problem.
The tension and suspense kept me reading.  Cam’s bone-headed decisions kept me on edge. I hankered to slap him upside the head time and time again. Cam’s high-maintenance girlfriend/fiancé was just as unlikable to me as Cam but in different ways.  As the story progressed, and Cam continued his head-long hurtle down the slippery path he attempted to pave with deceit and lies I became more and more vocal in my personal condemnation of his actions – to the extent of discussing the developing story with my husband during our breakfast conversations.  In his futile and vain attempts to dig himself out of the quicksand brought about as a result of his foolish actions and sheer bad luck, Cam continued sinking ever deeper into the morass of despair.
This is not a book I want to read again; however, it is a book that kept my mind working overtime appalled at the caustic consequences wrought by a trusted teacher’s moral downfall.
Reviewed by Laurie-J


Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and the just released thriller, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller. He lives on  Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

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24th January – Guest Post at Moonlight Gleam
24th January – Book Review at Devoted Mommy of 3
25th January – Author Interview & Guest Post at Book Goodies
25th January - Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
26th January – Guest Post at Gimme the Scoop

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Orangeberry Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Orangeberry Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*
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