Though Alison McKenzie lives near beauty-obsessed Beverly Hills, she's fine being a Plain Jane. But her mother Anne believes beauty is the key to success. So when Alison suffers a burn, Anne takes her to a plastic surgeon. The surgeon says he can not only take care of the scar but can make her beautiful. Anne is enchanted by his promises, and by him. As a romance blooms, Alison's transformation begins. Then Alison finds a picture of the doctor's first wife and notices a resemblance to the work he's doing on her. Anne insists there's no resemblance, but Alison discovers that her now stepfather's first wife committed suicide after being disfigured in an accident - and that the woman had not always been beautiful; when he married her, she was as plain as Alison.
Finally she discovers that at the time of the dead woman's original surgery, there was a series of killings in the area, and each of the victims had one feature or another that bore a great resemblance to those of the surgeon's first wife. Now, there is a similar series of killings going on, and finally Alison understands. But is it too late?
©2008 John Saul (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Michele on 21-08-08


First of all, the description does not match the book. The story is hollow, implausible and just down right silly. Do not watse your time.

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3 out of 5 stars
By TH on 13-04-09

Not Saul's best work

Although it was nice to see Saul getting away from his recurring theme of children being the antagonists, and using modern technology and themes (such as MySpace) in the story, this is not his best work. It is full of shallow characters that few will be able to identify with, living in a world where silicon enhancements are more common than eyeglasses. The description must have been based on what Saul thought the book would be about before it was actually written, as it is very different from what actually occurs (even the names are mostly wrong). Also, the author really comes out of the closet on this one, so if that bothers you, you may want to skip it.

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