What they say:
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.
What we say – review by Charlotte Foreman:
I’m seriously in two minds about this book. On the one hand I found the book’s theme interesting and thought-provoking to the extreme: men finding themselves in the unusual position of being preyed upon by women, starting with a woman who is hellbent on making them suffer for terrible crimes. And to be honest, to have women striking back, an eye for an eye, is a very seductive idea.
On the other, many of the male characters are portrayed as either opportune rapists, violent spouses or lacking any kind of respect for women. The tone of the book seemed to convey the message that deep down all males are a threat to females, which made me uncomfortable – did it make me think, yes. Do I believe it, no.
I found myself a little lost and confused during the first half of the book – mostly down to the many characters introduced in quick succession and storylines beginning to play out – but once I hit 50%, I was in. Who was Diana? What had happened to her? Who would be the next victim? Jane was was favourite character by far; smart, full of empathy and not afraid to say it how it is. Maggie seemed weaker by comparison but as the story plays out, you begin to understand her and her insecurities.
The book doesn’t stop for a second and flows nicely, which enabled me to power through the story and find the answers I was looking for. The conclusion was something I never saw coming and left me mulling the whole story over for a long time after. This is something I wouldn’t normally read but I am certainly glad I had the opportunity to.
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.
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