- Mass Market Paperback: 363 pages
- Publisher: Warner Books (Feb 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446605832
- ISBN-13: 978-0446605830
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,169,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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KM tells this story in three parts: "A Small Society," followed by "A Dangerous Game," and climaxing with "Good and Evil." I enjoyed her writing style, which included introducing each book and each chapter with a literary quote hinting at the contents. She also tells the story by moving back and forth in time between the past and the present, but I was never confused because - and I know this sounds strange, but it works - the typeface for the past is different than that of the present, so that the effect is similar to looking through a lens at a distance. Very ingenious.
This book was more than a romantic story; it takes themes of good and evil, and the limits of the power of each, and weaves them into a story about everyday life. I thought KM did a very good job of portraying evil in its various manifestations, and contrasting this with both the strength and the vulnerability of innocence. I was spooked a little at how well she wrote the concept! There were some twists to the ending that I didn't see coming. My only criticism revolved around Sherry's character, which was portrayed as so perfect that at times she seemed shallow. But overall, I found this to be a delightfully different story, and one I'm happy to recommend.
This was definitely an original for me, and made my keeper shelf and one of my best books for 2000. I'm not kidding when I say that COME NEAR ME was the first book that I can remember literally not being able to put down....I found myself walking around the house, reading. Hung onto every word.
A bit dark/grim...maybe a bit controversial, but for me, those were the high points. Please, give it a try!
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