Top critical review
on 7 June 2017
This is a gloomy book written from the point of view of an unpleasant man. The characters remind me of Soames and Irene in The Forsyte Saga - he possessive and jealous of a wife who does not love him, she cold and trying to pull away, loving someone else. Even the rape scene is there. I found Etna bland and selfish so did not see why she inspired such passion. Shreve has also written The Lives Of Stella Bain which has the same characters. It is not a sequel but an alternative story of Etna's escape with a different ending. Perhaps Shreve wanted to try again to improve the story!!