The Last Time They Met - Anita Shreve


The prose is so carefully polished that the dullness shows through. Everything is obsessively balanced, controlled and detached, cleverly constructed with a plot in reverse that seems worthy yet secure until the final page when - hey, folks, the heroine has been dead all along. Yes, that old cliche, not particularly well handled at that, as the rest of the book makes absolutely no sense in the light of this revelation, and is suddently devalued. Disappointingly ponderous then disappointingly sensationalist.

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