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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected and gripping, 14 Aug 2010
This review is from: Snow Storms In A Hot Climate (Paperback)
A total surprise after The Birth of Venus. Completly differnt genre but equally beautifull written. A thought provoking book that I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller exploring female friendship, 15 Dec 2000
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This is another intelligent thriller from Sarah Dunant, very much in the Transgressions league. It's also a thought-provoking insight into female friendship, female self-image and why women ally themselves with relentlessly unsuitable men.
Very good - heavier than Dunant's earlier (and much much missed - PLEASE reprint them!) series of Hannah Wolfe detective novels but no less well written and finely plotted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tense and intriguing thriller, 27 Feb 2011
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I highly recommend this tense, intelligent thriller which explores the nature of relationships between several key characters, while delivering a compelling story centred around the cocaine trade. Narrated by complex, emotionally self-contained Marla, through whose eyes the story is filtered (she is not unreliable, exactly, but she is certainly not unbiased; her account should be considered in light of her personality trains, secrets and obessions that come to light as the story progresses), the plot unravels gradually without recourse to obvious twists or cheap thrills. The ending is intriguing: simultaneously fixed and open to interpretation. There are few 'black & white' certainties in this novel, simply interpretations. My only small criticism is that while this was, for me, a page-turner, read in a matter of days, arguably there was scope to ratchet up the tension a little further in places. Excellent writing from Sarah Dunant, however; her characterisation is thoughtful and intricate, her heroines always a little unusual. I look forward to reading Transgressions next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, 8 Jan 2013
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Not as good as some of her other books but very readable and she is a very good story teller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down - excellent!, 24 Feb 2011
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Sarah Dunant has to be one of my favourite authors - and this book certainly lived up to her standards.

Elly and Marla have been friends for 18 years. Elly has been travelling for over a year, when Marla suddenly receives an SOS message from her, asking her to come to New York.

Elly has been living with a cocaine dealer, Lenny, and wants Marla around to give her the courage to leave him. When Marla meets Lenny the next day she discovers he is the attractive man she noticed on the same plane as her - why has he come to the flat so much later? When they are briefly alone Lenny gives her an explanation, and asks that she does not tell Elly. Marla instantly dislikes and distrusts Lenny, and is concerned for Elly.

Elly wants to go to J.T.'s place in Santa Cruz with Marla, to have time to breathe, and to catch up with her friend. J. T. is Lenny's ex business partner, now retired from the world of cocaine dealing, and devoting himself to his properties, and to his beloved vegetables. Elly and Marla relax in his guesthouse, but are not able to do this for long before Lenny gets in touch and wants Elly to meet him.

J.T. warns Marla that Elly needs to get away, that she is in danger if she stays with Lenny. Normally monosyllabic, he opens up to Marla, telling her some of the past history between himself and Lenny.

There is indeed danger. Can Marla protect Elly? Can Elly make a complete break from Lenny? You need to read this excellent book to find out - any more would be a spoiler!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well plotted escapist novel, 2 Aug 2009
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I really enjoyed this, although not as much as "Transgressions" - my favourite of SDs novels. It's written in the late eighties, and it's fascinating how much the internet - and even more - mobile phones - have changed our lives. Much of the plot would have to be very different, and it's interesting to remember how hard it was sometimes to communicate, to find a phone, for example. This is not a criticism, just an observation of how life has changed in 20 years.

The novel seems to lose it's way about two thirds of the way in, when the girls are staying at the house by the cavern. But it picks up again, and is definitely worth your time.
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