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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wired by Martha Randolph Carr

"Charlie told us about you two. I'm sorry. It seems everything's going wrong this summer." 

BoyHowdy, is it ever!

Mary Elizabeth has a secret.
A big, bad, hairy secret that won't stay quiet.
All the myriad joys in her life - a baffled husband who loves her, an adorable child, neighbors who stand guard, but don't pry, a garden lush in bloom, and a special friend full of patient wisdom - can't stand up to the

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secret that has never left her. Indeed, it has grown and festered in her psyche, hard as she's tried to control it and live with it in a dusty corner of her memories. 
But now that secret is manifesting itself again, and wreaking havoc with the people in the small town where Mary Elizabeth and Charlie call home. 
It's more skilled and efficient now, and it's hit too close to home. 
How this couple exorcises the secret Mary Elizabeth holds is the journey you take when you pick up Wired. 

Wired is like a roller coaster -- a slow climb up, ...up... u p ... until you reach the peak... 
... and then one long, whip-fast, twisting, emotional ride all the way down to the final resolution. 

Charlie is the rollercoaster car the reader rides along in, identifying and sympathizing with his emotions - indignation, bafflement, frustration - and turns them into self-discovery, wonderment, joy, and finally, a satisfying resolution.  The reader can't help but root for this hero who comes to learn more about himself in the midst of devastating loss than he ever did in the tedium of safe, everyday life. Ms. Carr takes us through a wringer of a journey in learning Charlie's essence and the stuff he's made of. 

Mary Elizabeth's character arc doesn't disappoint either - like kudzu that can overwhelm a garden, until a gardener appears to prune and shear and manicure it into submission. 

Mentors and temptations appear for both characters on their journeys, which makes for a satisfying analysis if anybody wants to talk Vogler's journey or Hauge's plot structure over some wine with this writermason. 

Get Wired. Be prepared to be tense and just as tightly coiled as Mary Elizabeth - I actually got a headache. 
But savor it on a long rainy afternoon when you don't need to do anything else. 
And wait for a movie, because if this isn't a candidate, I don't know what is. 

Hangout with Martha Carr today on Google Plus 12noon EST! No camera? No mic? No problem! There's a text box to the side you can write in any questions. 

Novel Publicity provided this reviewer with a copy of Wired for review. 
Tour Notes:

Enter to win 1 of 3 free paperback copies of this novel on the official Wired blog tour page. The winner of the give-away will be announced on Wednesday, October 26 – be sure to enter before then! Just can't wait to read Wired? Pick up your copy in the Kindle, Nook, or iTunes stores or visit Smashwords with the coupon code AK95A to receive a discounted price (just $2)!

Don't forget to vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins an Amazon gift card and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official Wired blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.

Learn more about this author by visiting her website, Facebook or GoodReads pages or by connecting with her on Twitter. You'll definitely want to check out Martha's Mystery Blog--each week a new short thriller is serialized Monday through Friday. The entries are nice and short, easy to read via smart phone or tablet. It's all at www.MarthaCarr.com.


  1. What a great, fun and fast review! Sorry I gave you a headache but glad you were tightly coiled.

  2. Wow! How can I not check this one out. :)

    Remind me never to go behind you on a PAL report. Your reviews are awesome. Thanks for sharing this.


  3. Martha,after the book's end, I can forgive the headache. It was worth an advil.

    Tami, it's really a thriller written for women. You'll love it.
    And when you're ready for a review/tour/PAL, I'm your woman!

  4. Great review. I love suspense and thrills. Heading to Amazon to check it out now. :)


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