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Mouth to mouth
Kimball, Michael.
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First edition.
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New York : Avon Books, [2000]

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viii, 383 pages ; 25 cm
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Filled with highly-charged psychological suspense and dark, brooding atmosphere, Mouth to Mouth will appeal to fans of Stephen King and Michael Connelly.

On a Beautiful Summer Day in Destin, Maine, Ellen Chambers watches helplessly as her beloved teenage daughter, Moreen, marries the worst possible man. Ellen -- whose own marriage is crumbling, and who is desperately in need of a friend -- knows her new son-in-law has violent tendencies and is certain to make Mo's life hell. As she wonders wistfully in silence if it's possible to get away with murder, a handsome young stranger, an uninvited wedding guest, Jeans in to her and whispers, "Anything's possible".

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Booklist Review

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then Neal Chambers is its Clarence Birdseye. Neal has reappeared in the lives of his Aunt Ellen and Uncle Scott 13 years after his father's suicide, which was prompted by Scott's affair with Neal's mother. At first, Neal seems eager to forget the past and reestablish family ties. He helps Scott rebuild the family barn and supports Ellen in opposing the marriage of her estranged daughter, Moreen, to Randy, a vicious but stupid drug dealer. But as Neal's plot plays itself out, it becomes clear that his motives are anything but conciliatory. Creating an overwhelming atmosphere of suspicion, he ensnares Ellen and Scott in a web of death, incest, and financial ruin. This is a dark, nasty story with a serpentine plot; intriguing but thoroughly revolting characters; and a stunning finale. Highly recommended, but not as bedtime reading. --George Needham

Publisher's Weekly Review

Many good suspense novels feature an imperiled heroine vaguely unaware of what's obvious to the reader, in this case, that the new man in her life is bad news. But Ellen Chambers, the protagonist of Kimball's second thriller (after Undone), remains in the dark about dangerous Neal Chambers for far too long; her excessive naivete is the one weak point in this otherwise solid psychological thriller. The mysterious young man is the nephew of Ellen's husband, Scott, whom they haven't seen for 12 years, since the day a family tragedy occurred. Neal appears suddenly at the wedding of Ellen's pregnant teenage daughter, Moreen, and stays on to help out Ellen and Scott rebuild the barn on their sheep farm in Destin, Maine. Alarm bells ring along with wedding bells in the opening chapter, when Ellen is worried sick about her rude, crude and violent new son-in-law. When Neal hints that he's going to somehow protect Ellen's family, the distressed mother trusts her nephew-by-marriage and overlooks how bizarre Neal really is. But Ellen should know better, as she's kept the terrible secret of the family's bloody, adulterous past for more than a decade. Jonathan, Neal's father and Scott's brother, hung himself when Ellen relayed her discovery that his wife was having an affair with Scott. The disturbed Neal has come back into the lives of his relatives with a sinister agenda, and Ellen's increasingly foolhardy intimacy with Neal provides an aggravating pothole in an otherwise clear descent into terror. Thankfully, once Ellen catches on, the tone of the book sharpens dramatically. Intelligently crafted plot twists come at top speed, revealing interlocking family secrets, deaths to be avenged, hidden patterns to be discovered. The denouement is one gripping cliffhanger after another, a chilling melange of vengeance and obsession that will keep readers glued to the page. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Ellen Chambers is unable to stop her teenage daughter from marrying an abusive man ten years her senior, and her husband, Scott, refuses to see any problem. So when an attractive man appears at the wedding and tells Ellen it would be easy enough to get rid of her new son-in-law, a small part of her is ready to listen. The would-be helper is her husband's nephew, Neal. He soon demonstrates his ability to accomplish anything he wants, whether it is remodeling Ellen's barn in 12 days or convincing her that he has the perfect way to kill her daughter's new husband. In his second thriller, Kimball (Undone) seduces the reader just as successfully. He has created characters on which we want Neal to wreak his brand of justice, then makes us painfully aware of the finality and horror of that justice. Though he draws the climax out a bit, the story and characters are compelling and believable. Recommended for all public libraries.ÄJane Jorgenson, Madison P.L.-Pinney Branch, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.