The writing is worth four stars, the basic plotting is worth four stars, and the psychological acuity of two of the friends rates two stars. Mar 16, Josh Mlot rated it liked it. Normally "The Three-Day Affair" probably isn't a book I would be drawn to, but I picked it up because, a I had read positive things and was interesting in reading the debut of an author from here in Mississippi, where I currently live, and, b my wife wanted a book that we could both read together, and this seemed like something that would be up her alley.
In the end, I enjoyed the book. It didn't blow me away, but I was pleased that it satisfied me as a more literary-inclined reader while also Normally "The Three-Day Affair" probably isn't a book I would be drawn to, but I picked it up because, a I had read positive things and was interesting in reading the debut of an author from here in Mississippi, where I currently live, and, b my wife wanted a book that we could both read together, and this seemed like something that would be up her alley.
It didn't blow me away, but I was pleased that it satisfied me as a more literary-inclined reader while also being a page turner. The action begins almost immediately, as old college friends come together for a yearly get-together, and things go suddenly wrong. The group finds itself in the midst of an unexpected crime, and they continue to dig their hole deeper. The book was a quick read that kept me turning the pages.
Oftentimes I find books that are described as "page turners" leave me wanting more when it comes to prose. I would never say that Michael Kardos wows with his writing, but his work is very on point. If you're looking for brilliant turns of phrase, look elsewhere, but I also never found myself underwhelmed either. His writing suited the story and didn't feel dumbed down or overly wanting. While this is a "thriller," it's not necessarily action packed.
The inciting action happens quickly, and what occurs between then and the critical moments and revelations near the end of the book is largely about developing and revealing the relationships between the characters, both past and present. I think this is what kept me drawn into the book, as I appreciate character exploration. We don't necessarily see Will, the first-person narrator, develop or change from start to finish, but there is introspection there and we learn a good deal of his history with his friends. There were moments here and there that I found a little unbelievable, but Kardos had earned enough of my trust as a reader to mostly overlook them and read on.
I found myself often connecting with the characters, for better or for worse, and feeling that I might act the same way in such a situation. Either way, it helped me to buy into their decisions and actions, at the very least. Overall, "The Three-Day Affair" was a solid effort and an enjoyable read. It's a story that explores the meaning of friendships and how they hold up both under pressure and over time.
There's also an interesting look at the line between fact and fiction and how it can fool us. I'd give it three stars and recommend it to many readers. By no means will it be a classic, but it was a satisfying, quick escape, and I'll likely keep an eye on what Kardos does in the future.
Apr 17, Bandit rated it really liked it. I was so impressed by Kardos' latest Before He Finds Her, that picking up its predecessor was an easy choice. It's always interesting to see how the author fares from book to book, in this case in reverse. This one is more straight forward of a story than Before He Finds Her, less of a mystery and drama comparatively though both aspects are still present , more of a thriller.
Kardos seems to be very adept at I was so impressed by Kardos' latest Before He Finds Her, that picking up its predecessor was an easy choice. Kardos seems to be very adept at crafting tales of seemingly perfect, perfectly normal lives and then slowly revealing the ugliness underneath, the hidden secrets that echo and haunt.
An average author would have left it at that, creating a fast paced entertaining but ultimately unmemorable sort of a read.
The Three Day Affair by Michael Kardos: review
Kardos did layers, an onion worth of them. And in the end the story ended up being a credible drama as well as an genuinely exciting thriller with a terrific ending twist to boot. Quick read too, about 3 hours, one sitting easy. As far as literary stand alone mystery thrillers go, Kardos is certainly an author to watch. Sep 24, Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it. It's also the first novel bearing the imprint of the newly re-launched Mysterious Press. We meet Will - the narrator of the tale in the first chapter. And the hook is set deep with the last paragraph of that first chapter This year they're meeting in Will's town.
They stop at a convenience store for Jeffrey to run in and grab a few things. Well, he does grab something - but it's the teenage clerk. When he thrusts her into the car and yells 'Drive' - Will does. He believes the girl has been hurt and is heading for the hospital. But she's not - Jeffrey has just And now they're all involved. And as they argue over what to do, the clock keeps ticking Over the next three days, we are privy to long held resentments, simmering tensions, outright violence and desperation as they frantically try to figure out a way to extricate themselves from an unbelievable situation.
Kardos paints intimate pictures of the players, flashing back and forth in alternate chapters from their college days to the present. We get to know them well - or do we really? Do they really know each other as well as they think? The pacing is quite quick in The Three Day Affair. It isn't a long book - it had the feel of an extended short story for me. But in a good way. I was just waiting for a twist - I knew there had to be one. And, yes there was - and it was a good one - or two!
A very clever debut. I'd pick up another by this author. Jan 29, Atalyonet rated it it was amazing. This book is brilliant. It seems from reading the cover page that that's what it is what sets the plot in motion is a roberry turned into kidnapping - but that is only the 'excuse" for having the characters both to wonder back in time and explore their relationship AND to put their current relationship to the test. I found myself having a little virtual "interaction" with the author here reading the book -I saw a certain twist This book is brilliant.
I found myself having a little virtual "interaction" with the author here reading the book -I saw a certain twist coming, kept wondering if I would end up being right and kept on reading, patted my self on the shoulder for being rigth at the end - only to discvoer that he had another twist up his sleeve I did NOT see coming. I almost found my self giving him a gracious-loser smile and whispering "touche".
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I also didn't mind the flashback at all - I though they had significance and were not too dragged out. I also agree with the reader who stated he would love meeting these characters again and find out what happened to them later. And - This could easily be turned to a great theatre play. I recommend this wholeheartedly.
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Sep 14, Heather Turiello rated it really liked it. This is one of those books that really stayed with me after I had finished it. The Three Day Affair explores the difference between being a criminal versus being involved unexpectedly in a criminal act.
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Three something friends from college get together for an annual guys' golf weekend and find themselves in some rather unexpected hot water. After a brief stop at a local gas station-convenience store, one of the friends, Jeff, comes out of the store with a teenaged girl, dives into the car and This is one of those books that really stayed with me after I had finished it.
After a brief stop at a local gas station-convenience store, one of the friends, Jeff, comes out of the store with a teenaged girl, dives into the car and yells "Drive! With each passing minute, these men find themselves deeper and deeper in trouble because they hold the girl hostage until they can figure out what they should do to keep from being arrested and ruining their lives. Will and Jeff are married with babies on the way and Nolan is running for Congress. The story and writing are very average, but the characters and their actions are very plausible.
I would liken it to Gone Girl in that it makes you think about how you would react in situation where you are involved in a criminal act, but don't think of yourself as a criminal. Feb 21, Catherine rated it really liked it. A first-rate page-turner and first-rate suspense novel. The comments below originally appeared on my blog, Book Club Librarian. As their weekend in suburban New Jersey begins, the unexpected and drastic actions of one brings life-altering consequences for all. As the story unfolds, readers come to re A first-rate page-turner and first-rate suspense novel.
As the story unfolds, readers come to realize that nothing is quite as it seems, as the men's past grudges, secrets, rivalries, and betrayals are revealed in a series of plot twists. Once thick as thieves, they must come to terms with their past behavior as each hurtles toward an uncertain future. The Three-Day Affair explores the nature of friendship, the consequences of youthful missteps, and the lengths to which some are willing to go for personal gain and to settle past grievances.
Aug 24, Jeff rated it really liked it. The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos Four college buddies get together for a weekend of golf, dining, getting drunk and sharing embarrassing old stories after nine years of friendship, growing up and growing older, starting families and finding or trying to find success. This is a very quick read, suspenseful yet never quite takes you to where you might thin The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos Four college buddies get together for a weekend of golf, dining, getting drunk and sharing embarrassing old stories after nine years of friendship, growing up and growing older, starting families and finding or trying to find success.
I also enjoyed how the book made me think about decisions which may change the course of our lives and also how people may have to live with the secrets of those decisions. Nov 28, Kendall rated it it was amazing.
There's so much I don't want to say about this book, since it would give away not just the ending but the surprise at every page turn. You don't keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Kardos can certainly write — as you would hope, as he is not only an English professor, but a director of the creative writing programme at Mississippi State University. However, unfortunately, the twist at the end of the story is a tad too obvious from the start.
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