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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but quite boring read., 7 July 2009
This review is from: This Sweet Sickness (Paperback)
This story, on paper, has all the ingredients needed to make a powerful novel. There is an obsessive unrequited love, two murders and a suicide. However, because I found it difficult to engage with David Kelsey I found myself frustratingly unmoved by his story.

I'm afraid that my expectation of being swept along on a powerful emotional journey was somewhat disappointed. Like Highsmith's now more famous work The Talented Mr.Ripley however, this is a story about a character who appears casually unthreatening but who is in fact highly dangerous. Unlike The Talented Mr Ripley, our central character has little charm to recommend him. David Kelsey is a detached loner who rejects the friendship or affection of anyone who comes into his orbit, save the love of his life Annabelle. While Ripley may have been cruel in the extreme, he had a surface charm which mesmerised and intrigued. Kelsey on the other hand is cruel on the surface and downright treacherous underneath. Because one views Kelsey with the same detachment that he views the world I'm afraid that I found it very difficult to engage with him.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2013 19:00:01 BDT
amantedofado says:
Patricia Highsmith boring? This is not Bruce Willis territory, this is a gripping read from start to finish.
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