It happens. You start a book with high expectations for whatever
reason --- the inside cover summary, a friend's recommendation or,
heaven forbid, some nebbish reviewer --- and you're disappointed.
The converse also happens, however. You're not expecting much when
you crack the binding on the book and the next thing you know
you're halfway through the story before you even think about
putting it down --- kind of like being abducted by aliens, without
the probes, if you will.
That's the sort of out-of-body experience I encountered when I
picked up NINE by Jan Burke. I wasn't really familiar with Burke's
previous work, mor