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4.0 out of 5 stars
Be Warned!!, 2 Mar. 2007
Be warned, reader! This book will take your hand, then it will possess you and absorb you whether you like it or not. It's like a car-crash on a page, and it turns you into a rubber-necked voyeur; or a crack-addict helplessly craving the next chapter ...
While reading it, Barbara Covett's voice (that of the narrator) seemed to be constantly lurking in my head, like some unwanted mother-in-law or persistent neighbour who outstays her welcome. I even found myself dreaming about the two main characters!
And I have never been so engaged by a book whilst feeling so completely unsympathetic to either of the protagonists. Heller writes wonderfully; it's tempting to dash down the page, in a rush to find out what will happen next, and she writes so fluidly that you CAN do that. But it wouldn't do justice to Heller's prose, her observations and characterisation, her wryness which underpins everything in this novel.
So, if you feel able to read this without letting it get under your skin ... go ahead, try it! But I'm still wondering how something which leaves such a nasty taste can be so elegantly done.