This was a much talked about book during the 1970's. It's a cautionary tale of promiscuity, mainly involving strangers, especially those met in bars. The books still holds its storytelling powers even today. Shocking ending. A must read!
The story of a single female living in the city, who teaches children by day and cruises the bars at night. She meets a "good guy" eventually, but can't seem to leave her old life behind. Ultimately, she pays the price.
The cast of characters is small but well developed, and each is very believable. The story is straight-forward and well written.
The 1976 edition. - A fantastic book! Nothing like the movie!
From the Publisher
Theresa was a quietly satisfied young teacher by day. But when the sun went down, her life was an endless, faceless whirl of bars and beds and men she'd never seen before and wouldn't see again. If she couldn't find love, she took chances on men who were better than no men at all. And learned, with each new night and each new nightmare, that finding her man was only the beginning.
Based on the murder of a New York City teacher, this is the story of a devoted elementary schoolteacher, Theresa Dunn, who cruises singles bars looking for men--and perhaps also seeking her own destruction. She finally finds it when she picks up and brings home a brutal stranger.
A decade-definer of a book. This book explores female sexuality, and what happens when a woman pushes the limits.
Loved the book. One of the first books that I saw passed from teen to teen during my high school years. Great read again for the second time.
Found this book on my bookshelf, I think it was my mother-in-law's from the 70s.
I enjoyed the book, but was a little disturbed by reading the ending at the beginning. I guess it works for some, but when I got to the end I was disappointed because I had already known how it would end. I understood when I got to the end why the author did this, I just didn't like it...a personal preference I guess. While I don't want to admit I couldn't "put the book down" I did read about 90% in one sitting.
The characters were well developed, especially Theresa. I felt myself identifying with each of the characters in the book in some way.
There were some parts of the book where I felt she just went into too much detail about things irrelevant to the development of the main character. If it's just a 'guy she slept with at the bar' are we really supposed to care much about his life or interests? Maybe the author was trying to illustrate that Theresa wasn't as bad as we initially assumed?
If you don't like books with sex or sexual references in them, this is probably not the book for you. If you don't mind it, if it is relevant to the story then it won't bother you at all. This isn't a harleuquin romance but some parts of the book may make you a bit tingly!
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. Not a classic I MUST keep on my personal bookshelf, but one that provided a moment of entertainment.
Horrific! Good read, but it could give you nightmares!
A real page turner. There's plenty of sex but real sex between real people and not arbitrary gymnastics we're tired of. Incredible unfolding of event leaving hooked to the past page.