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Undone, by Michael Kimball
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Hearst Books
Published: 1996
Review Posted: 11/16/2006
Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Undone, by Michael Kimball

Book Review by Jeff Edwards

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Bobby and his wife, Noel, are planning the perfect crime - but they have different outcomes in mind: Bobby wants to fake his own death - and burial - before running off with Noel to a fortune in the Cayman Islands; if Noel has her way, Bobby won't make it out of the casket.

In Undone, Michael Kimball shows that it's impossible to keep a secret in a small town like Gravity, Maine. The undertaker knows something that he shouldn't, the constable is trying to find out what's really going on, and Bobby's best friend is dragged into the mess against his will: Sal, a recovering alcoholic, finds himself caught in Noel's web all too easily.

Stephen King has described Kimball's novel as "sly, sexy, suspenseful" but readers may have trouble accepting Sal's torrid affair with Noel so soon after Bobby's funeral. Even Sal is troubled by his own actions: "It was unreasonable, almost unreal...that he could be doing this...while the rest of his life was falling apart."

Sal spends a lot of time wandering in the woods after dark, and that's a fitting analogy for how readers may feel during the mystery: The author sprinkles clues throughout the book, but subtle hints can get lost in a novel spanning over 400 pages. After finishing Undone, readers may need to flip back through the story to connect the dots and understand just how cleverly Michael Kimball assembled this thriller.
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