I am pleased to be here reviewing another great book!
About the Book:
Call it life imitating art—author Maggie Edwards publishes a chapter of a book detailing seduction, murder and castration by a protagonist named Diana, and suddenly a woman code-named Diana begins to mimic her actions in real time. Women who have been abused find Diana to be an inspirational figure, and begin to fight back in her name. Soon violence erupting throughout New York City threatens to spiral out of control. As the police try desperately to identify Diana, Maggie’s high-powered lawyer, Jane Larson, finds herself at the center of an investigation that threatens to upend the entire world around her.
About the Authors:
Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have been married for a little over forty years and have produced about twenty books and exactly three children so far. At press-time, they still love their children more.
Their most recent novels have been set in New York City, where they have lived for most of their married lives. Anne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in nineteen sixty-nine, as the fabled Sixties were drawing to a close, she met Ken, who was a student at Haverford College. They don’t like to admit that they met at a college mixer, but there it is!
Together their books include Theft of the Shroud, a novel; Starfinder, a non-fiction book about the stars for children; a series of books on individual names for children (for example Michael’s Book, Elizabeth’s Book, John’s Book, Jennifer’s Book, David’s Book, Amy’s Book); and, most recently, Kate and the Kid, Mind Me, Milady, and Praise Her, Praise Diana, three adult novels, and a middle reader/tween novel, Things Are Not What They Seem.
Ken and Anne have a website with the address set out below. There they have links to some of their books and display images that they hope will be used in future efforts. In case you were wondering about the website address, “R” is for Rothman, “H” is for Hicks, and 71 is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere. Sorry.
Well, this was certainly like no thriller I had read before. It definitely got me thinking, that awful question as to whether or not I’m a feminist, or if I am and by virtue of the fact that I’m a woman, I am, then how much of one? Who doesn’t love a book that keeps you guessing and makes you question yourself in turn? ‘Diana’ is a antagonist like no other and at the same time she echoed the seriously creepy Temple Gault from the earlier days of Kay Scarpetta novels for me. There was definitely some strong beliefs behind her actions, even if the methods essentially make her a terrorist of sorts. In turn, Maggie and Jane soften the tone at the right moments, whilst the book could be jarring at times, they’re written so well that the balance is key. I enjoyed the spectrum of characters a lot and the writing is impeccable. Definitely recommend this as a thought provoking read.
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