Picks and Pans Review: Late Bloomer
Michaels, the author of 45 bestselling novels, begins her latest with plenty of tension. Ten-year-old Cady accepts a dare to slide down a cable strung 30 feet over a pond. Jeff, a bully, chases her, but when both plunge into the water Jeff's death is blamed on Cady, who is temporarily paralyzed and can't recall what happened.
Twenty years later the mystery rests on whether Cady can at last recover her memory of the incident. Flat characters, improbable situations and dumb dialogue won't bother fans of this natural storyteller, but most others will be bored by the book's fairy-tale predictability. (Atria, $24)
BOTTOM LINE: Wilts on the vine