Book Reviews of Random Hearts

Random Hearts
Random Hearts
Author: Warren Adler
ISBN-13: 9780345436122
ISBN-10: 0345436121
Publication Date: 9/7/1999
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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I really enjoyed this book, the characters were very real.
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I wasn't too sure I wanted to read this after the first couple pages; two married people heading out for a romantic tryst---but they weren't married to each other. But I read a little more, and then I got hooked. Good story, well worth reading.

From back cover: What the author of The War of the Roses did for hate, he now does for love. He's a happily married man. She's a happily married woman with a little boy and a good life. Or so they both believe. There's absolutely no reason why they should ever meet. Until a commercial airliner crashes into the Potomac River. Two of the victims are linked by a clue that at first stuns and baffles, then draws together their surviving spouses.
The explosive discovery leads them on a journey that forces them to confront the mysterious and random nature of love -- and the transforming power it wields over men and women caught in its relentless maelstrom.
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He's a happily married man. She's a happily married woman, with a daughter and a dog. There's absolutely no reason why they should ever meet.
Until a commercial airliner crashes into the Potomac River. Two of the victims are linked by a clue that at first stuns and baffles, then draws together thier surviving spouses.
The explosive discovery leads them on a journey that forces them to confront the mysterious and random nature of love - and the transforming power it wields over men and women cought in its relentless maelstrom.

What the author of The War of the Roses did for hate, he now does for love.
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In a perfect world, people like Edward Davis and Vivien Simpson would never have met. He's a happily married man; an ambitious aide to an important Congressman who loves his wife. She's a happily married woman; a housewife with a young son and a dog who absolutely adores her lawyer husband. They are each living the good life - or so they believe.

There is absolutely no earthly reason why they should ever meet...

Until a commercial airliner crashes into the Potomac River with eighty-four souls on board. Two of the victims are linked by a clue that at first stuns and baffles, then draws together their surviving spouses; and sends them on a dizzying exploration of their loved ones private lives. The secrets that they uncover about the people that they loved are totally unexpected.

The explosive discovery leads Edward and Vivien on a journey that ultimately forces them to confront the mysterious and random nature of love - and the transforming power it wields over the men and women caught up in its relentless maelstrom.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, this was an emotional and very human story. It showed me how the consequences of a single action can ultimately tear apart a person's life - the feelings of hurt and betrayal, anger and confusion that can potentially ruin someone's happiness and contentment with life.

This was the first book by Warren Adler that I've ever read and I give it an A+! Although Mareena has seen the 1999 movie adaptation of this book - starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas - at least once with a friend of hers; she and I have only ever seen portions of the movie together. Maybe the next time it comes on television, we'll watch the entire movie. However, in my personal opinion, the book is better than the movie; so watching the movie isn't all that imperative to me.
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I read this book after watching the film version and I must say that this is one [rare] occasion when I thought the movie version better than the book! Had I read the book first I think I would have really been disappointed. The book is good but the reader senses a disconnect with the characters' lives. The switch up in the film makes the story better, I thought. Worth reading nonetheless.