Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories by Kelly Ripa
Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories by Kelly Ripa is a collection of funny, often NSFW essays. It’s a natural extension of the conversational tone viewers love to hear on TV.
Surprising, at times savage, a little shameless and always with humor, Live Wire shows Kelly as she really is offscreen — a very wise woman who has something to say.
In her new book, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories, television host and bestselling author Kelly Ripa takes readers behind the scenes of her show and into her personal life with hilarious essays about life as an actress, wife, and mother. The result is a collection of funny, NSFW essays that delves into areas that aren’t always appropriate for family-friendly morning television.
She also shares how she met her husband Mark Consuelos, the struggles of marrying and raising a family, and what it’s like to become an empty-nester. These are just a few of the bombshells that she dishes up in this memoir-like collection, which is sure to be a hit with readers.
One of the biggest surprises is Bolitar’s baby brother Brad, who’s been out of the picture for sixteen years, and his re-emergence in an unexpected way. He and Bolitar’s father haven’t spoken in years, but they’re both staying at the family home together. It’s not long before Brad reveals a disturbing secret to his older brother, one that may put him and Myron in danger.
It’s up to Myron to figure out what’s happening and whether he can save his brother, but it’s not the only mystery that Bolitar will have to solve. He will need to deal with the resurfacing of Suzze T., a former tennis star whose marriage is on the rocks, and her alleged child with rocker Lex Ryder is not hers.
Myron’s investigation takes some unexpected turns, and the story becomes increasingly gripping in the second half. It’s Coben’s tenth mystery featuring Myron Bolitar, and the story is a bit of a departure from his previous novels in this series.
The plot of Live Wire isn’t really there until about halfway through the book, but Bolitar’s questions and wit keep the story moving at a fast pace. As he continues to try and uncover the truth, he must also deal with the resurfacing of his parents’ past – and a brother whose he hasn’t seen in years – and with a dangerous threat that lurks on the other side of town.
Summary of the Book
Harlan Coben has a knack for delivering fast-paced, entertaining mysteries. His latest, Live Wire, is no exception. The tenth in his popular Myron Bolitar series, this one features a pregnant client who asks for his help. When a Facebook comment claims the husband of Suzze T, a former tennis star, isn’t her baby’s father, Bolitar must use his wits and the latest in investigative technology to find out the truth.
The story is told through a series of short stories and essays. The resulting compilation is a witty, sometimes hilarious glimpse into the life of a power player in the entertainment industry, a woman who has navigated her way through personal strife, workplace negotiation and, of course, a 26-year marriage to Mark Consuelos.
Ripa’s essays include a funny story about meeting her husband wearing hair curlers, toothpaste slathered on a pimple and trying to get Richard Gere’s attention when she fell down. She also touches on her sex life, showcasing her husband’s undeniable charm and sexy ways.
While the book isn’t as snarky as Ripa’s on-air antics, it does touch on the nuances of workplace negotiations, and her 26-year marriage. In addition, she offers some surprising insight into the challenges of raising a family in a male-dominated industry.
It’s hard to say whether the novel’s most impressive feat is the way it tells the story, or the fact that it manages to juggle so many different plot threads. For the first half of the book, the story goes a little aimlessly, but as it progresses it starts to make sense. The story is clever, the characters are well-developed and the twists come thick and fast. This is the best Coben book yet, and it’s definitely worth a read. It’s also a must-have for all fans of mystery. It’s a great example of a modern thriller that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Summary of the Author
Harlan Coben is a master of the page-turner crime novel. He first introduced sports agent/private eye Myron Bolitar in 1995 in Deal Breaker, and his characters continue to be memorable and compelling. Live Wire is another example of his ability to keep readers turning pages with a meticulous plot that keeps the reader captivated and guessing until the end.
The tenth book in the Myron Bolitar series, Live Wire finds Myron dealing with a case that goes far beyond his professional duties. He is hired to investigate former tennis star Suzze T.’s Facebook post that claims the father of her eight-month-pregnant baby isn’t her rock-star husband.
When Myron gets involved in the family drama, he is forced to confront his own secrets. The brother who abandoned his family years ago resurfaces, and danger is lurking close to home.
Myron has a difficult choice to make, as he’s inextricably tied to the life of his client and his own. He soon discovers that the truth will tear his family apart and threaten everyone he loves.
Despite the slow start, the plot does not deter Myron from solving the mystery and keeping his readers guessing. He has his best friend, Win, by his side throughout the book, and it’s a delight to watch them work together in a way that reflects their friendship and loyalty to one another.
The plot of the story is a weave of threads that connect the Bolitar family, and readers who have read other novels in this series will enjoy finding out more about Myron’s past. It’s a very well-developed plot, and Myron has a lot of depth to his character that makes him a memorable hero.
Summary of the Publisher
One of the first things you’ll learn in this book is that Kelly Ripa is a talented and savvy writer. Her collection of essays on everything from childhood to marriage to career is a great resource for anyone looking for a laugh or an insight into the workings of celebrity life.
The best part is that these essays can be read in one sitting, and the publisher even has a few chapters available online for free! This is a great way to get acquainted with Ripa’s writing style before jumping in to her memoir, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.
As for the book itself, it’s not quite as good as the other books in this series (so far), but it’s still a fun read. The main character is sports agent Myron Bolitar, and he’s at the center of a complex web of intrigue, from an internet security firm that specializes in hacking to a former client who wants him to find out who wrote a Facebook message saying her husband is a spy.
Overall, Live Wire is a solid entry in the Coben family tree. Bolitar’s character is well developed and the plot moves at a slow but steady pace. The only drawback is that there’s a lot of repetition in the smaller enigmas. This is a shame because the series does have some memorable characters, including Bolitar’s best friend Win.
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