by Mary Morris
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0312327927
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
St. Martin’s, Oct 2004, $21.95, 229 pp.
Andrea teaches at Hartwood College in Connecticut, a small exclusive school plagued by budget problems so that she is unsure of whether she will gain tenure. She often thinks of her father, driving when he was heavily medicated on hypertension drugs and antidepressants; she blames her stepmother for allowing him to drive. Andrea ponders why she never visited him in the hospital when he lied in a coma or why she and her brother were left out of his will.
Andrea’s neighbor, the internationally famous Loretta Partlow, deliberately cultivates a friendship between them. Over the course of a year, Andrea tells her personal story to the author hoping that she would write a book about it. However Andrea begins to trust Loretta thinking of her as a friend and surrogate mother so that when the writer accomplishes what she originally hoped for by authoring a book, she feels betrayed.
There is little action in this novel as much of the tale consists of conversations between the two women. The shock that Andrea feels when Loretta writes a fictionalized account of her life feels genuine as does the anger when the older woman no longer wants her around as she got what she wanted out of her. REVENGE packs an emotional series of punches as the two lives of the two females converge until one like a soul sucking vampire leaves the other withered and dry, but trying to find a new direction without the negativity that has haunted her.
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