One Hundred Names

One Hundred Names

Large Print - 2014
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"Scandal has derailed Journalist Kitty Logan's career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor's bedside, Kitty asks her, "What is the one story you always wanted to write?" The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance's office--a list of 100 names--with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late. Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, using her skills and savvy to track down each of the names on the list and uncover their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance's life...and starts to understand her own."-Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Harper Luxe, c2014.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780062327970
Branch Call Number: AHERN C LP
Characteristics: 482 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Jun 15, 2018

While slow at the first half of the novel, I encourage you to read all the way through. I couldn't put it down anxious to finish the last 100 pages to find out the mystery behind the connection of the random 100 names left behind. This is a delightful book filled with love, laughter, angst and human emotions. I am puzzled by some of the recent reader's comments - perhaps they have confused fiction with non-fiction.

Apr 13, 2017

As rodraglin aptly describes, this novel has zero credibility on so many levels. As if a story on teacher/student sexual abuse would be televised without any proof of culpability especially with access to DNA. There are a lot more "as ifs" like Kitty taking a public bus when trying to track down 100 people. The description of the book is ten times more interesting than the novel itself which is why I picked it up but a lot of it doesn't ring true or in some cases, it doesn't even make sense. This is another "oh, let's make it up as we go along" type books and for that reason, I closed it long before the story ended.

Feb 11, 2017

Story of disgraced journalist lacks credibility.

Kitty Logan is a disgraced journalist. In her unbridled drive for success she's cut corners and libeled an innocent man. The tabloid television news show she worked for is being sued for a lot of money.

The only one who still believes in Kitty is Constance, an editor and Kitty's mentor, but Constance is dying.

When Kitty asks Constance what story she regrets not writing, Constance tells her to fetch a file folder from her office. In the file is a list of one hundred names and nothing else. Before Constance can explain the importance of these names or how they're related she dies.

Partly because Kitty sees this as an opportunity to salvage her career and partly as a tribute to her late friend she decides to investigate these names and see if she can find and write the story that links them.

She can't. Or at least she hadn't been able to forty percent into the novel.

Rather than the unfolding of a promising plot premise the reader is presented with Kitty's very ordinary life, with the exception of excrement being smeared on her front door numerous times from irate readers and supporters of the man she libeled.

After interviewing a half dozen or so people on Constance' list and getting nowhere Kitty's getting frustrated and so was I.

At the beginning I had stretch my suspension of disbelieve to include the improbable plot point the the story hangs on - that a tabloid news show would allow a story to air that accuses a high school teacher of sexual misconduct with a student and fathering her child without solid evidence, like maybe DNA testing. I mean, do they have a death wish?

Being a journalist myself I know this would never be allowed to happen. If the reporter was incompetent enough to submit such an incendiary story without irrefutable evidence it would have been killed by the news editor, and for sure never got past the producer.

However, besides this grievous lack of research of the author's part I finally abandoned the novel because the story was boring and the writing mediocre.

Six names down, ninety-four to go? I don't think so.

Sep 11, 2015

this was a very interesting story: it evolved around the stories of every day, average people. AS the title says "every heart has a story to tell" Cecelia Ahern did just that. This was an enjoyable read.

aemerced Aug 22, 2015

This was interesting from the beginning. I enjoyed the context of the book and really makes you wish you had a mentor like Constance.

Jan 27, 2015

I have enjoyed most of her books with the exception of one or two.
Like her style of writing , plots and storyline.
This one was not as enjoyable as the good ones I have read of her but readable and a page turner.

kimmy1027 Jun 06, 2014

Another wonderful book by Cecelia Ahern. I have read all of her books and every one has been excellent. Wonderful characters, very interesting story.

Mar 03, 2014

Cecelia Ahern has a unique perspective and makes you think. She once again looks at redemption and leaves you uplifted. A good read.

Dec 06, 2013

One Hundred Names was a very quirky book that I just happened upon one day while browsing the shelves. Although it isn't the most dramatic or intense things you will ever read, it is uplifting and gives you insight into the people around you on a daily basis. A good thought provoking novel with a great message hidden within the lines.

Mar 21, 2013

I was pleased by this story and it had more to it than I had thought at first. Good read.

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