On the day Paul Goldman turned 40, he decided he was tired of waiting to find “the one” so he decided to buy her instead. With the help of a mail order bride service, he snags him a gal from Russia.
To no one’s real surprise, the marriage doesn’t work out but not before a son is born. When they call it quits, Goldman takes custody of the child and goes on a search for someone new.
And this is when he meets Audrey Munson, a woman he describes as beautiful, breath-taking, and captivating. In a New York minute, Goldman is proposing and Audrey is accepting even though she makes it clear the union will be on a part-time basis. Allegedly she’s caring for an ill grandmother a couple of hours away.
Just weeks into the marriage, Audrey is demanding her name on Goldman’s properties, lying to obtain lump sums of cash from him, and placing Goldman on a “marital relations” schedule.
You can almost see the light bulb go off over Goldman’s head as he realizes his “loving” new wife may not be just who she says she is and begans to dig a little deeper into her background.
While he may have been shocked and dismayed, quite frankly I wasn’t. I get it that love makes you blind to many things – we’ve all been there, but holy smokes, I didn’t think anyone can be this stupid!
Paul Goldman’s desperation reeks in this book, from the mail order bride to the repeated line of “I just wanted to find a new wife so Johnny [his son] and I could have a new family.” (Hey, pal, YOU and JOHNNY were a FAMILY. And Johnny HAS a mother. Maybe if you’d taken that into consideration, you wouldn’t have wound up in this mess.)
I don’t care how many times Goldman says that uncovering Audrey’s secret wasn’t out of revenge but his reponsiblity as a citizen, I do not believe him. Wimp to Warrior? Nah, just desperate little man to vengeful little man.
And if those things weren’t bad enough, then in comes the psychic Paul uses to help “uncover” Audrey’s secret. I don’t doubt psychic abilities (I personally think it’s finer tuned intuition) but in this case, I thought, “Yeah, okay.”
Oh yeah, did I mention how every woman he comes across has something “charming” about them. For example, the receptionist as the police department had a captivating southern drawl to her voice… wait, maybe that was taken care of when I mentioned the desperation.
And last but not least, I hated the pseudonyms Goldman choose for those in his book. Audrey Munson, which he uses as the name of his wife, was a the first woman to do nude scenes in American film. That’s one (and best) example, but I strongly suspect it wasn’t chosen by coincidence. However, it should be said, the real Audrey Munson was a true beauty while the Audrey Munson in this book isn’t even remotely pretty despite the author’s proclamations otherwise.
So you have not-so-coincidental pseudonyms, a desperate man trying to find a new Mommy for his son, and a psychic who reveals “crimes” (of which I can find no proof of online, at least not as presented), which leaves me to believe their is more than the chance of a libel suit that kept this book from using real names, so why did I give it two stars?
Because for some reason I couldn’t stop reading it.
The only way I know to describe it is that it was like a train wreck: it’s all happening in slow motion, the riders are braced for the impact, and witnesses can do nothing more than watch the horrific scene unfold. No matter how much they want to look away, they just can’t.
The entire time I was reading Duplicity by Paul Goldman, I kept thinking, “What an idiot.” I’m not even certain it is a “true” story as Goldman claims since I can’t find any proof of a prostitution ring as he describes nor a divorce record for the parties (unless it’s sealed, but I have to wonder why he would bother with such as it would give credence to his story without risk of defamation or libel) so Why I didn’t put it down, I can’t explain, Therefore, I figure, in all fairness, I should at least give it two stars. I do, however, strongly recommend to get the 99 cent Kindle or Nook download if you’re going to read it so you’re not out a lot of money.
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