Calling Mr Lonely Hearts Author:Laura Benedict Growing up, Roxanne, Del, and Alice tested the limits of their friendship with cruel, and often dangerous, games – but they always knew they would be bound together forever. Now, Alice’s marriage is over, and her husband is having a child with another woman. Roxanne, an artist consumed by her work, is losing touch with her friends – and pe... more »rhaps with reality. And Del is desperate to be a perfect wife and adoring stepmother, but her friends see that her careful facade is crumbling.
The instrument of their destruction is a single enigmatic man – Varick. He seems to be a lonely woman’s dream come true, but where has he come from? And what does he want? As he seduces the women in turn, their lives become unrecognizable to them. Varick’s secret lies buried in their shared past. One simple, childish act has brought them, all these years later, to a place where not only their lives but also their souls are at risk. For once upon a time, the three of them agreed to tell a lie – one that ruined the life of a young priest. Defrocked, destitute, and ruined, he hoped with the whole of his shattered heart that he would get revenge. And in that hope he shook hands with the one who promised it. The devil himself. Now they all must live with the consequences.
Dark and provocative, Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts will keep listeners in its terrifying grip long after the chilling conclusion.« less
Was not overly thrilled with this book. I was rather surprised it got the great reviews it receives. You figure out the general gist of the story about 1/2 way through - I did not find it overly suspenseful, and was not drawn to any of the characters. Would not recommend.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I will definitely be looking for more by her. The suspense was great and it kept me glued to the book from start to finish. I did not want to put it down!
This is a book that I would have given up on if it hadn't been a 5-star title. I didn't like any of the three girls - Roxanne, Delilah or Alice. They were all vindictive little bitches with evil intent. Roxanne was the instigator but the others followed like little disciples of satan. In the end I believe they got what they deserved but I don't think Romero should have blamed himself for the results of his own machinations. After all, the girls wronged him first and even without his intentions, I believe they would have come to no good end.
Dark and provocative, this book will keep readers in its terrifying grip long after the final, shilling page is turned.
I did not particularly care for the age of the girls when the plot was hatched in the story, however, had they been older it would have been a completely different deal for me.
The language was quite strong for my liking so even with those 2 strikes I was still drawn in by the story. I read the book in 2 days.
Roxanne's mother could have been explained a little more in the end. It is a great depiction of evil and the choices we make and how we really have no idea how our choices affect others.
I give this a 5 for 2 reasons: one- the story was very well told and two- because of the complex issues we do face and the circumstances our choices (made young, middle aged or old) make on the lives of others and ourselves.