Wide Open

Wide Open When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days compassionate leave her sister Dell s ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her The sheriff says that Dell s d

  • Title: Wide Open
  • Author: Deborah Coates
  • ISBN: 9780765328984
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days compassionate leave, her sister Dell s ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her.The sheriff says that Dell s death was suicide, but Hallie doesn t believe it Something happened or Dell s ghost wouldn t still be hanging around Friends and family, mourning Dell s loss, think HallieWhen Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days compassionate leave, her sister Dell s ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her.The sheriff says that Dell s death was suicide, but Hallie doesn t believe it Something happened or Dell s ghost wouldn t still be hanging around Friends and family, mourning Dell s loss, think Hallie s letting her grief interfere with her judgment The one person who seems willing to listen is the deputy sheriff, Boyd Davies, who shows up everywhere and helps when he doesn t have to As Hallie asks questions, she attracts new ghosts, women who disappeared without a trace Soon, someone s trying to beat her up, burn down her father s ranch, and stop her investigation.Hallie s going to need Boyd, her friends, and all the ghosts she can find to defeat an enemy who has an unimaginable ancient power at his command.

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    1. 3.5 starsSergeant Hallie Michaels can see ghosts. Arriving home to Rapid City she is greeted at the airport by the ghost of her dead sister, Dell. Hallie has travelled for twenty-four hours straight from Afghanistan to arrange her sister's funeral. The cause of her death is thought to be suicide but Hallie is unconvinced. When Hallie starts digging a little she is shocked to discover that Dell's death was not the only recent, unexplained death in the area. Up against forces she can barely grasp [...]

    2. Deborah Coates debut novel Wide Open is written with a spare elegant style, uncomplicated, purposeful prose much like her protagonist Hallie Michaels. Its a story about the intersection of life and death, power and sacrifice, self realization and stubbornness. Its a modern fantasy, a mystery and a ghost story. Its very good.Hallie has returned to South Dakota on a 10 day leave from her army posting in Afghanistan because her sister Dell has died in what seems to be a one person car accident. Kno [...]

    3. Hallie Michaels, a soldier in Afghanistan, is sent home to Prairie City, South Dakota, for ten days of compassionate leave when her sister Dell dies in a car accident. Rumor has it Dell committed suicide, but Hallie doesn’t buy it. And since her own recent brush with death in the war, Hallie can see ghosts, including Dell’s. Hallie is determined to find out why Dell really died and enable her sister to find peace — and she’s only got ten days to do it.Hallie is a fantastic protagonist: s [...]

    4. *** Originally posted to: Bookish Blog Wide Open is a compelling, character-driven mystery with a splash of supernatural that will have you hooked from page one with its evocative and flavorful prose, hot South Dakota atmosphere, and brilliantly complex characters. With her excellent storytelling, Deborah Coates smoothly weaves ghosts, secrets, and magic into a heart pounding tale of one woman's quest to uncover the mystery behind her sister's death. Deeply moving and bone chilling, it's a book [...]

    5. As it happens -- just so this is all out in the open and everything -- Deb and I have the same agent, and I’ve met Deb a couple of times, and hey! She’s a dog person! She actually owns a GERMAN PINSCHER. You know nobody just stumbles into owning a German Pinscher. You have to be a real dog person to even know they exist. Naturally I wanted to love her book!Whew! Because I did. WIDE OPEN’s being marketed as an urban fantasy — well, contemporary, because it sure isn’t urban — or a para [...]

    6. You may also read my review here: mybookishways/2012/03/I love discovering new authors, and I especially love it when I discover one that will go on my autobuy. You know the feeling I’m talking about, where in the first few pages you know you’re really gonna like a book? That’s how I felt with Wide Open. Wide Open is Hallie Michaels’ story, and right away, you know you’re in for something unique. It begins when Hallie returns to South Dakota from Afghanistan to attend her sister Dell [...]

    7. There were aspects of this book that I liked, like how tough, uncompromising and at times unrelational the heroine, Hallie could be and how that all made sense given where she had come from. He back-story was one of the few really thought out parts of a story that read as written in a hurried way.For starters, while it passed the Bechdel test (a named female at times conversed with a named female not about men) it almost seemed to be trying to hurriedly get that qualification over with so it cou [...]

    8. I enjoyed this book! Really loved the main character, Hallie, and how I-fought-in-Afghanistan kick-ass she is.

    9. When I was invited to participate in the blog tour for Deborah Coates’ debut WIDE OPEN, I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t heard much (anything) about this book before I received the synopsis in my email. Well, it called to me and told me, “Read this book!” The plot, the setting, the ideas – the synopsis is really good in so many ways. I heartily accepted Tor’s offer and received my copy of WIDE OPEN and dove in.WIDE OPEN is the story of young soldier Hallie, a South Dakota nat [...]

    10. Hmmm. So this is one of those books that I was enjoying well enough one day, but when I picked it up the next, it no longer worked for me.I liked some of it. I liked the premise of the series. I liked the genuine good guy love interest. But I got tired of all the awkward dialogue. It's deliberately awkward, but I got tired of all the stumbling over words and failing to say important things.And while I liked that the supernatural premise of the series isn't quite explained, I didn't like that plo [...]

    11. Props to Tor for publishing something so far out of the box. Wide Open is urban fantasy but not really. It's also a mystery but not really. Partly literary but not really. I'm not much of a UF or mystery reader, so props to the author as well for keeping me staring at the words on my glowing cell phone screen in bed, long after I should have been asleep.I think, at its core, Wide Open is a traditional ghost story. Actually, it reminded me of a kind of adult version of the ghost stories I used to [...]

    12. A very imaginative chiller thriller combining some pretty cool elements--ghosts, the starkness of the prairie, the dynamics of small-town life, weather anomalies--for a spooky, fast-paced mystery. There's a hot cop, too :) The story clips along at a fast pace and features quite a few characters, all of which seem to either be hiding something or avoiding Hallie as she searches for answers in her sister's mysterious death. Only she seems to be the only person who thinks it's mysterious; everyone [...]

    13. By the clearest definition of the word, Hallie Michaels is a soldier. She’s tough, she’s blunt and she prefers action to words. In Wide Open, she’s also home on a ten day leave to mourn the death of her sister, Dell. From Afghanistan, she’s brought more than war wounds and the violent memories of her seven minute death. Also tagging along is the ghost of her friend and fellow soldier and when she leaves the tarmac, she discovers that Dell’s ghost has joined the fray. It’s a ghostly g [...]

    14. Hallie Michaels is home from Afghanistan, but not for a good reason. She has been given ten days compassionate leave to come home to bury her sister, Dell. She arrives home full of grief and straight from the war zone where she was recently involved in a firefight that left her dead for seven minutes. Hallie was brought back to life, but you can't say it didn't affect her. She can now see and feel ghosts, and her combat friend and Dell both go with her everywhere.Hallie doesn't understand anythi [...]

    15. Hallie Michaels sister has died. She returns to South Dakota on compassionate leave from the war in Afghanistan. She only has her leave to figure it out what may have happened and she's not exactly thrilled about seeing ghosts including that of her sister, Dell. She's sure that Dell has not committed suicide.Hallie is a woman of action and very few words. She's angry and often acts without thinking, but her actions elicit responses that give her clues to what is going on. At times I found Hallie [...]

    16. A tough, self-contained heroine, I was invested in Hallie and her mythology immediately. The ghosts that silently haunt her made for a believable and compelling story, but the unfolding conspiracy and villain (to steal a quote from one of the characters) "seem[ed] so unlikely."With all the Urban Fantasy I enjoy I like to think that I’m pretty adept at suspending disbelief, but perhaps that skill makes it all the more jarring when I can’t. I loved Hallie. Her silent suffering and in-your-face [...]

    17. This book. THIS BOOK.Hallie is on leave from the Army because her sister committed suicide. While in Afghanistan, she died for seven minutes, and now she can see ghosts. She's suffering from some PTSD, a lot of grief, and the belief that there is no way in hell that her sister would have killed herself. It sounds like a pretty typical setup for an urban fantasy novel - and it is - but the way this book is written rocked my face off. It was gloomy, moody, atmospheric, and just so deliciously dark [...]

    18. Wide Open is definitely different from the normal read. Deborah Coates definitely has a way of holding her readers, leaving them yearning for more. This was a great change for me and I am incredibly eager to begin the second book in the series called Deep Down. While being overseas and fighting in a war is hard enough, Sergeant Hallie Micheals is about to discover that her life is going to become that much more difficult. Receiving a phone call informing her of her sisters sudden death, she rush [...]

    19. Not much of a title, but the book itself I found face-paced and intriguing. I feel like I've read a lot of "dead relative" stories lately, and very few of them have conveyed so accurately not the sorrow and weeping but the dullness and rage that (in my experience) accompany the loss of someone close to you. So kudos for that, and for showing the main character tackling her grief by stubbornly and angrily solving the mystery around her sister's death. If only everyone could be lucky enough to get [...]

    20. Hallie Michaels is a soldier fighting in Afghanistan when she is sent home to South Dakota for 10 days of compassionate leave after the death of her sister, allegedly from suicide. Hallie is greeted at the airport by her sister's ghost, and soon Hallie begins learning of other young women who have just disappeared, and is joined by additional ghosts. With only 10 days to figure out what happened to her sister, and who all these other ghostly women are, Hallie is on a mission that may put her in [...]

    21. Wide Open isn’t what you’d expect from an urban fantasy. While this is the first book in a series, it is nicely self-contained with no cliffhanger ending to annoy readers. Coates really brings South Dakota to life, and uses the plains as an important story telling instrument. Her writing is lyrical and incredibly atmospheric. If, occasionally, the characterization lacks or the dialogue is slightly stilted, it’s easily overlooked. Wide Open is an incredibly solid, fast paced book that is a [...]

    22. This book is a knockout. Deborah Coates very cleverly depicts a heroine who is a no-nonsense sergeant in the army, and this give the book an air of hyper-reality. The appearance of the ghosts and the ensuing action are all the more terrifying in this plain-speaking, just-the-facts atmosphere.

    23. One of the best aspects of fantasy fiction is that there are no limits on where it can go or what it can do. It can take you to another world or bring magic to the most mundane setting. Over the last several years urban fantasy has been huge; a trend that fuses the bustle of the city with wild magic that often features vampires, werewolves and witches. But Deborah Coates goes an entirely different route with her ghost story that takes us to the plains of South Dakota. Sergeant Hallie Michaels is [...]

    24. I really enjoyed this book. There's a nice mix of down-to-earth and supernatural. Our heroine, Hallie, died for a few minutes while on tour in Afghanistan. Ever since then, she's been seeing ghosts. First, Eddie, who died in Afghanistan and has followed her around since; then, her sister Dell, who died in a car accident everyone is saying committed suicide. The ghosts don't speak to herey just follow her around and stare at things they find interesting. Hallie knows Dell would never have killed [...]

    25. The cover drew me in but the story and writing kept me reading. I am from the mid west myself so it was awesome to see a story set there. The characters are well made and the heroine is strong but vulnerable. I cant wait to read the others in the series.

    26. WIDE OPEN:A Well-Written Page Turner Gets to the Heart of Grief WIDE OPENby Deborah CoatesTOR /Macmillan March 2012Adult language and some violence.Disclosure sent by publisher with fair review scheduled. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions, except as noted, are my own.Wednesday, March 21, 2012, I was fortunate to have Deb Coates, the author of WIDE OPEN, out this past month from TOR, Guest Post. The book actually kept me up quite late as it was so suspenseful. WIDE OPEN is paranormal [...]

    27. I grew up with two very distinct but powerful experiences of South Dakota. My father grew up on a farm in eastern South Dakota where the hills roll with fields of corn, wheat, and soy. My mother grew up in the heart of the Black Hills, which were somehow so very different than my own Big Horn Mountains, so full of life and adventure along Spearfish Canyon Creek and in the woods. Interestingly enough, Wide Open managed to strike a bit of a balance between these settings, taking place in western S [...]

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