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by Julie Kenner




A mind-bending code spawned from the mind of a madman...or maybe just a jealous ex. A desperate race through the cathedrals and hotels of New York City...with a teeny bit of time for shopping, it's true. An astonishing truth concealed for years, unveiled at last...with more than a little help from a supercute new guy. As if a recent breakup, scrounging for rent money, and lusting after designer shoes weren't enough, Melanie Prescott starts receiving obscure codes and clues from a menacing stranger. She attempts to solve the mysteries -- enlisting the help of a tall, dark, and handsome new friend -- with high hopes for the multimillion-dollar reward guaranteed at the end (handbags, sunglasses, and shoes, oh my!). That is, if she can survive the deadly game.
Download The Givenchy Code epub
ISBN: 1416543376
ISBN13: 978-1416543374
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Julie Kenner
Language: English
Publisher: Pocket Books (February 27, 2007)
ePUB size: 1796 kb
FB2 size: 1463 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 996
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Rleillin
This book was even exciting the second time around! Melanie Prescott is a grad student who enjoys designer clothes and shoes (especially Givenchy) and codes/ciphers. She recently broke up with her boyfriend, Todd, but he woos her back for another date by buying her a pair of Givenchy shoes she had lusted after. Unfortunately, Melanie had also played the on-line game, Play.Survive.Win (PSW) and the creator of the game, Archie Grimaldi, has died setting a real life version of the game in motion. While out with Todd, Melanie receives a cipher inviting her to to participate in PSW or die but declines to participate as she thinks it is just a sick joke. PSW has three roles- target, protector, and hunter and Melanie was selected as the target. Her hunter, Lynx, decides to escalate the game by murdering Todd. Melanie's protector, Matthew Stryker, then locates Melanie and the chase is on with Melanie and Matthew solving clues and Lynx trying to kill them. This was a fun read and the start of a sure-to-be excellent series. Highly recommended!
Anayanis
Great book! Read the trilogy!
Cel
It was fun which is what I was looking for. I read it in one sitting but, of course, it is not like the otherserious detective novels I love.
YSOP
I will probably get slammed for saying so, but I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I would have hoped. I found it extremely disturbing that someone like Lynx could exist, and could really play a game to such an extent. I didn't like that Todd was killed, and Warren too (who they never really followed up with either). Didn't like that there wasn't much more said about the parents having to leave suddenly. I felt that there were red herrings all over the place, and that the clues were too difficult to decipher. However, it wasn't all bad. It just ended up being average. I did like the love sparks between Stryker and Mel; that was my favorite thing in the book!
Cordalas
The trilogy is fascinating. Put it this way... I got a guy to read this one, and he liked it!
Qane
Well written, a fast yet intelligent read.

Well plotted. You will guess wrong at least twice.

Entertaining. Smiles in between the death and fear.

What more could a reader want?

I read in 2 evenings.

I almost never do that.

More, Ms. Kenner, more!
Umsida
Sell Me in a Sentence: It’s like the book/movie Nerve (about a violent video game come to life) with fashion references and The Da Vinci Code vibes

Short Synopsis: Our main character, Mel, gets recruited as a “victim” in a horrible video game come to life called Play, Survive, Win (or PSW). She is joined by a hunky guy named Stryker (well, his first name is Matthew) who is assigned to be her protector. Mel and Stryker have to solve various clues around Manhattan to avoid the PSW assassin assigned to kill Mel.

Review:
This is just the type of book I was looking for when I started reading it. I just had finished slogging through a really verbose, circuitous book and wanted a fast-paced, exciting read. The Givenchy Code provides that in Spades (Kate Spades, I’m so funny, ha).

First off, I love the character of Mel and she made the story for me. I really enjoy reading about characters who go against usual stereotypes and tropes. Mel is a very gifted academic and mathematician, yet she has no qualms about being feminine and also interested in fashion.

The plot was a little far fetched (I still don’t understand why exactly PSW was inserted into the real world, but I just saw that this book is part of a trilogy so it might be explained further then), but completely addicting once I cast aside my doubts as to the probability of this occurring in real life. The suspense I felt during some moments was palpable. The fashion element in this story was not necessary but added some personality and originality.

*SPOILERS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE REST OF THE REVIEW*

I would have appreciated if the Mel/Stryker relationship was a little more slow burn. I don’t think this is too spoiler-y as they get together fairly early in the book, but I would rather give forewarning as I know how weird people can get from encountering unwanted spoilers. I find it highly implausible that flirting and sex would be on most people minds as they’re being hunted by a crazed killer. There are even a few occurrences in the book in which Mel contemplates whether Stryker is her boyfriend. Girl, please. For the two days you’ve known him, you’ve had to worry about dying and mostly been talking to him about codes and riddles.

ANYWAY, I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of The Da Vinci Code-style books but also likes their share of contemporary romance novels. This is an excellent book to bring on a long plane or train ride where literary fiction might not prove immersive enough.

4 STAR read for me!
Melanie Prescott's life is complicated enough with picking up doggie doo to make her rent payment and stressing about her dissertation. She definitely doesn't need her ex-boyfriend trying to bribe her back with a pair of Givenchy shoes. But hey, they are Givenchy! How could she possibly say no to his offer of a simple dinner as the price of such fabulous shoes? But when a stranger hands her a mysterious coded message and then she discovers her ex-boyfriend dead, her life is suddenly spiraling out of control. The doggie doo and dissertation suddenly don't seem like that big of a deal, anymore.

When Mathew Stryker checks his e-mail, he can't believe it's all happening again. The last time he received an e-mail entitled Play.Survive.Win, a woman ended up dead because he hadn't believed. Not wanting to be responsible for another senseless death, he vows to keep this one alive.

The Givenchy Code is a life or death race as Mel and Stryker make their way across New York, all the while keeping one step ahead of a killer. I loved this story. It has suspense, a thrilling chase, amazing riddles to unravel and a romance hidden in amongst it all. This book is one of my top five favorite books of all times; right next to The DaVinci Code.

While you're at it, check out the other two books in the trilogy; The Manolo Matrix and The Prada Paradox. Ms Kenner does a fabulous job of keeping her characters on their toes and the reader glued to the pages.