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Annie Whitman's ordinary Midwest life is shattered with the sudden death of her husband Jack. Thirty-five and failing at life as a widow, she turns to the comforts of vodka in an attempt to camouflage the cold sheets of an empty bed. The necessary inebriation helps her to cope with Jack's death, but proves to be a deterrent in recovering any sense of normalcy. After spendiAnnie Whitman's ordinary Midwest life is shattered with the sudden death of her husband Jack. Thirty-five and failing at life as a widow, she turns to the comforts of vodka in an attempt to camouflage the cold sheets of an empty bed. The necessary inebriation helps her to cope with Jack's death, but proves to be a deterrent in recovering any sense of normalcy. After spending several months at the bottom of a bottle, Annie stumbles upon a lockbox in the crawl space of her basement. Opening this box also opens her eyes to the likelihood that Jack Whitman might not have been the honest and doting man she married. Annie embarks on a mission to the Virgin Islands to uncover the truth about her husband's past and seek safety from her brother-in-law, who seems to be the captain of his own sinking ship. While settling into paradise, she meets the wickedly handsome, but surprisingly reserved Kessler Carlisle, who is struggling with his retirement from country music superstardom. With Kessler's help, Annie discovers the heart's uncanny ability to heal, and the possibility that dead men don't always keep their secrets-even if they're buried in the Caribbean waters of St. Croix. The Achilles Heel delves into the formidable fact that everyone harbors darkness, and some will go to the depths of the ocean to keep their secrets hidden....

Title : The Achilles Heel
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ISBN : 9780996092258
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 236 Pages
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The Achilles Heel Reviews

  • Pamela
    2019-04-07 21:28

    What a great read this was. It's full of mystery, intrigue, and romance. I loved both Kess and Annie. The heroine of the story is one you can respect as she's strong, intelligent, and independent. I can't wait to read more about Kess and Annie. Hopefully we don't have to wait very long for book 2.

  • Sarah Jamison
    2019-04-08 17:12

    Disclaimer: I won an autographed copy of this book in a Goodreads First Reader giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. All opinions are my own.This book is interesting, but not very good. There's a couple nuggets of story that are somewhat compelling, but the overall lack of editing and polish completely distract from what could be a good story about genuine characters. Rae's heart seems to be in the right place, but she needs to fire her editor, Samantha March.I'm actually really not sure why March is credited as editor unless she contributed to the book so heavily she was almost a co-author but didn't want that credit. There are just so many glaring errors and inconsistencies I'm not sure of what her actual role was. Either or both of them are all mixed up about how to use semi-colons and they're often just tossed into the middle of a "sentence" before a simile or the end of a thought that contains no verb. The women talk to each other like paragraphs of a Cosmo advice column. ("Here are all my thoughts and feelings." "Here are all my thoughts and feelings about everything you just said." There's no back-and-forth. It's like conversational precis over and over again.) And the few men act like dudebros with each other but when they're with their women they are ultra-sensitive and nurturing, completely in touch with their feelings, saying just the exact right things all while performing perfect oral sex. The actual plot is thin and super contrived. I would be peeved I didn't figure it out along the way, but there isn't any setup that would allow you to. It's just a few McGuffins followed by a completely incongruous "reveal," which seems to be more about creating tension for the sequel than anything else. To use the gun analogy, every shot was followed by someone noting, "Oh, by the way, that gun was there all along." And then there were the beyond glaring inconsistences-- the character who was introduced as Irish who later says he's from New Jersy. There's a suddenly sprained ankle that is never mentioned until it's time for the hot mister man to pick up the main character. Yeah. I stopped reading back and forth after about four of those, finally convinced I hadn't missed anything. It was just that poorly put together.I did learn a new word: "anfractous." It's an archaic word for "circuitous." And it was so jarring in the middle of this book where the language was otherwise so simple and unstyled that I will never forget it. How do Rae and March come up with anfractuous? How do any of the other eight "beta readers" not flag that one?And maybe that's the clue right there. Self-publishing can be a great thing, but I think maybe Hugh Howey spoiled it by being really great. Just because you enjoy writing it and your friends enjoy reading it does not make it mass-market material. I'm a little sad, because Rae wrote "Sarah, from one southern (at heart) girl to another," then put a litte heart in her autograph. So I feel disposed to be her friend. But a good friend would teach her how to use a semi-colon, nix anfractuous, and let her know that an entire page on how Nashvillians call the San Antonio Taco Company "SATCO" is just plain incongruous. Also, Lynchburg is not practically a suburb of Nashville. Okay, I have to stop typing now or this will be a (bigger) litany.I tried. I didn't like it. I'll pass on the sequels. I'd recommend you do the same.

  • Carly Pollard
    2019-03-29 14:13

    Oh boy. I don't even know where to start with this, but I suppose a positive would be good. So, first off, kudos to Karyn Rae for writing and publishing a novel. Seriously. Cranking out a novel is rough, so I applaud her for accomplishing that. But. But, but, but. "The Achilles Heel" is so full of grammar, spelling, and word choice errors that I can't even really tell you what the story was about. I honestly spent more of my time reading this book compiling a list of mistakes than actually paying attention to what was happening in the story. When plural and possessive forms of words are consistently getting mixed up, lead is used when led is what's meant (and numerous other similar mix-ups), and there seems to be zero understanding of the correct use of semicolons vs. commas and dashes vs. hyphens, it becomes very difficult to take the writer seriously. That said, it dawned on me, as mentioned in another review, that Karyn Rae credits an editor. I assume that Samantha March must have contributed a significant amount of time to "The Achilles Heel" in order to warrant "Edited by: Samantha March of Marching Ink LLC" being printed on the copyright page. If that's the case, then shame on you, Samantha March. You did Karyn Rae a grave disservice with your work on her novel. An editor's job is to take an author's draft and clean it up until it sparkles. Samantha March performed her role very, very poorly. I feel like Karyn Rae had a solid idea for a novel but her editor did nothing to make it as good as it could be. Instead, it oozes with mistakes that a professional editor should have easily caught, making it incredibly frustrating to read. Incidentally (and possibly why I'm as irked by this as I am), my career IS that of proofreader and copy editor, and if I let a quarter as much slide as Samantha March did, I'd be out of a job. I really, really hope that Karyn Rae didn't enlist Samantha March's assistance on the second book. Anyway, Karyn Rae, if you want some help on your next book, or would like a list of all the things your unfortunate editor missed so you can spruce up "The Achilles Heel" for its next printing, hit me up.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-26 13:14

    This first time author's story involves mystery romance. When Annie's husband is killed in a car crash she seems to fall down a dark hole. While getting out decorations for her niece and nephew she comes upon a box that she didn't know was stored here. With a key she was given at the reading of the will she unlocks the box and finds a picture of three people and a flag underwater at the end of a pier. The underwater picture leads her to St. Crox and her meeting Kessler. A good read.

  • Audrey Bramhall
    2019-04-01 16:34

    I couldn't put this book down!!Good story with lots of twists. Real characters that came alive as real people. Can't wait for Karun's next book. This may be her first book, but I know there are many stories to come.

  • IndieBookConnect
    2019-04-12 13:08

    Karyn Rae is a master of words! Get ready for a thrill ride!

  • Amy Michel
    2019-04-12 14:30

    What a great book! I loved this book! With a little bit of everything. Romance and mystery. The main character is very relatable. I can't wait to read the sequel!!!

  • Ashley Gallegos
    2019-04-14 14:20

    I love this Indie Book Connect pick! The intrigue kept me up reading late at night and I just couldn't put it down. Such a great book!!!! I highly recommend this is an awesome summer read!

  • Carla
    2019-04-18 17:28

    I think that this book is between a 3 and 3.5 star rating. Annie Whitman finds herself a widow to a man with secrets. From the moment her husband's car and body were consumed by fire in a one man accident to the pre paid arrangements, followed by the reaction of her brother in law at the will reading and mysterious lockbox and keys that lead her to St Criox. Those secrets came with the price of her husband's life and it is possible that it might come to hers before she uncovers everything that was left behind for her to find. The one thing she didn't count on was finding love on the island.Kessler Carlisle was tired of the music scene and ready to retire. He finds that he wants more from life and heads to a tropical paradise to hide away. There he finds something special, though at first he hides just who he is, and realizes that he wants to make a go at it - but something dangerous is lurking about, hopefully, this won't end before it gets started.I found at times the book was very intense and thrilling in it's writing style, other times (just a few) it lagged. A great story, had me wanting to reach the end. The love story did happen a little too quickly, but the mystery was well drawn out. I think this is just the book to read on the beach on by the side of the pool this summer.*****This is a First Reads, Thank You Goodreads*****

  • Gabriele Pfaff
    2019-04-22 14:20

    Laugh out loud funny and bought book III loved all the connected characters Andrea(Annie, Anna), Jake, Jamie, Liz(Elisabeth), Holly, Mama D, Wade, Kessler, Hutch and Annie's girl friends. They all have developed a profound attitude towards life. Of not taking life overly serious and make the best of the cards life deals you. Even the perceived antagonist Jamie finally unmasks and redeems himself. It turns into a journey of discovery for the reader and Annie, learning of her weaknesses and discovering her new found strengths she finds with the help of friends, strangers and family after perceived tragedy strikes. I really loved to book and look forward to reading the continuation of Annie's new life story.

  • Elizabeth Downing
    2019-04-16 18:14

    I really enjoyed this book from beginning to the end could not put it down. It was a interesting and entertaining read. Hope to read more books by Karyn Rae. I really enjoyed the parts about Nashville and Kansas City you could tell the author did great research on these cities.

  • Laura Worden
    2019-04-12 21:19

    A real page-turner! I got so caught up in the love story between Annie & Kessler along with the mystery and excitement of the whole plot! A very fun read, Karyn Rae-I am dying for more! Congrats on your first novel!

  • Casey Loch
    2019-04-24 15:20

    What an amazing story that has me wanting more!!! Book 2 can't get to the shelves fast enough. The author uses so many actual landmarks that if you have been to any one of these spots you can picture yourself in the story! Great job Karyn, I will forever see a simple cowboy hat as a sex symbol;))

  • Fred Seaman
    2019-03-31 13:13

    This is a classic example of how suspense should developed and delivered. It gets better every page and totally engrosses the reader in the plot. I couldn't put it down until I finished it.Totally awesome read!

  • Holly Engelking rasco
    2019-04-20 16:18

    GREAT READ!! Absolutely loved Annie and Kess!!

  • Courtney
    2019-04-13 14:37

    So exciting, kept me wanting more. I loved Annie and Kessler, great characters. I look forward to more from Karyn Rae!!

  • Amy Lasack
    2019-04-23 13:18

    Great summer read. The author does a great job creating the characters so you connect with them quickly. Can't wait until book #2 comes out and we learn more about these characters.

  • Lynn Mealey
    2019-04-13 17:24

    Great book! Can't wait for the next one!!

  • Shelly
    2019-04-03 19:11

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I love Annie and can't wait to read more in this series! Great read!!

  • Jocelyn
    2019-03-28 18:30

    Congrats on your first book, Karyn! You should be very proud of yourself -- what an accomplishment!

    2019-04-20 13:23

    On one hand I really liked this book....I enjoyed the journey of this book. I did find it pretty predictable. Did not like the ending at all. I don't know if it was abrupt, if it didn't really end and they want me to buy the next book. It was not for a young audience. The references to prayer and God were cliche and a little ridiculous.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-02 14:09

    In her debut novel, The Achilles Heel, author Karyn Rae weaves an intriguing tale of romantic suspense that easily draws the reader into the story from the beginning.When Annie Whitman's husband Jack suddenly dies in a tragic car accident, her world is turned upside down, unable to cope with her grief Annie escapes into the bottom of a vodka bottle. When Annie resurfaces and finds the courage to move forward with her life, she receives a key at the will reading and stumbles upon a lockbox stored in the crawl space in the basement that contained items that has Annie questioning her husband's life and death. Annie embarks on an investigative journey that will transport her from her home in Kansas City, Missouri to the tropical island paradise of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where she follows mysterious clues in search of the truth behind her husband's secret past.Kessler Carlisle is a country music superstar from Nashville. Tired of the whole music scene, Kessler announces his retirement after playing his final tour date, and escapes to the relaxing tropical island of St Croix, Virgin Islands. Even though he finds the peace and quiet he sought on his island retreat, Kessler is having a hard time adjusting to his retirement ... that is until he meets the lovely widow Annie Whitman.Filled with intriguing mystery, suspense, and an unexpected romance, the reader follows the story of Annie and Kessler as they deal with issues, secrets, and discover the truth of what is really important in life.Author Karyn Rae does a wonderful job of weaving mystery and romance within the storyline, it is filled with enough suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. I loved following Annie's journey as she searched to uncover her dead husband's secret past. The danger that lurked and the unexpected twists and turns kept me engaged and turning the pages. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the romance that blossomed between Annie and Kessler. In my mind I pictured Kessler to be a mix between country music stars Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney ... wow what a yummy combination! I loved the raw emotion, passion, friendship, and sassy banter that made up their relationship, it is a testament of the heart's ability to heal and move on.With a realistic cast of characters who are easy to relate to; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a rich description of the settings; The Achilles Heel is a captivating romance suspense novel that will draw you in with its intensity and drama, and leave you wanting more with its unexpected and surprising conclusion.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  • Samantha March
    2019-04-16 13:24

    Karyn Rae is on tour now with CLP Blog Tours and The Achilles HeelQuick disclaimer before I start the review: I did work on the editing process of this book. Not only did I fall in love with the book upon first read, Karyn Rae was an absolute delight to work with and I’m so glad she let me work on her debut novel with her. For the actual book – romantic suspense has been climbing high on my list of genres that I love to read, and this book delivered 100%. There’s suspense, intrigue, mystery, murder, betrayal...all wrapped up and with one extremely gorgeous cover to boot. Towards the end of the story it will be hard to put the book down, as the mystery unravels at a rapid pace I couldn’t force myself to stop reading, even late into the night. I hope you can read The Achilles Heel!

  • Kelly Mccurdy
    2019-04-09 20:28

    ~~I received this book in exchange for an honest review~~This book was very easy to stop and start again. It really didn't hold my interest until I was half way through the book, then all of a sudden, it picked up, grabbed you by the shoulders and held on to you while it took you on a grand adventure. Not just any adventure, an under the sea adventure, tropical island adventure, and hot country star neighbor adventure. This is the first book that I read by Karyn, and I know that it isn't going to be my last! When she gets into the story, it is a wild ride! This book is filled with vibrant colors and tropical sun! Pick up this book now!

  • Reeca Elliott
    2019-04-09 17:23

    Annie's husband has been killed in a car crash. She soon begins to question many aspects of his life. This leads her to find a new man in her life. She is finally happy and very content. Then, her late husband comes back to life and tears apart what she has worked so hard to build. Jack is a tough guy but is extremely selfish....needless to say he is not my favorite character. Annie's new man is Kessler and I just fell in love with him. They have a great, intense romance that helps her to heal and grow. I loved the mysterious aspect of this read. The hunt, so to speak, to find the truth. It really kept me turning pages. A quick, intense read.

  • Joanna
    2019-03-25 21:22

    I wanted to like this book. The author is local and will be coming to the book club that selected this book for next month. Even though "romantic suspense" is outside my usual reading choice, I figured this book would be at least diverting. I think Rae's heart is in the right place - her characters are well-meaning anyway.But the book was full of completely stilted dialogue and unbelievable characters. The plot was far-fetched and quite impossible to suspend disbelief. The wrap up happened too fast and without any depth. The romance never held my interest and happened too suddenly to be believable.Ah well, Ms. Rae. I'll try to be nice to you at the book club.

  • Nash Norden
    2019-04-20 19:17

    I received a copy of The Achilles Heel by Karyn Rae from the author/CLP Blog Tours as part of the book tour. The Achilles Heel would be perfect for those who love mystery/romance. The story was a bit slow paced at the beginning. But the mystery was well written. I enjoyed Annie’s adventure as she found more clues about her husband. At first, I was a bit confused and worried with how Kessler’s story going to fit with Annie’s. But, things work out in the end. Although, I do think that the romance between Annie and Kessler was a little too quick. Overall, The Achilles Heel was a good read if you enjoy a good mystery romance.

  • Claire Reeder
    2019-04-17 13:17

    I win a signed copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway.Annie's life is turned upside down when her husband Jack dies in a car accident. After 6 months of mourning she finds a lock box in her basement that leads her to believe Jack may not have been the man she thought. Annie goes in search of answers to her questions and along the way finds Kessler Carlisle. This book is full of intrigue and mystery but I felt it was quite drawn out and not as fast paced as it could have been. The true rating I would give this book would be 3.5 stars.

  • Julie Blackwell
    2019-04-13 16:13

    I loved it!! This book grabs you at the very beginning with Annie’s gut-wrenching & graphic reaction to some tragic news and it keeps you on an emotional rollercoaster with her throughout the book. Being from northwest Missouri myself, her references to popular places in Columbia & Kansas City made me feel a special connection to it. I can't wait for the finale!

  • Candi
    2019-04-20 14:34

    Loved...Loved...Loved it!!! I am waiting, not so patiently, for book 2 -Achilles Heart!!! With being from the Kansas City area it was awesome that I knew all the landmarks and could picture everything taking place. I loved Annie & Kessler(and his name) I can't wait to read how their lives evolve. Thanks Karyn Rae!!!