I am very judging of the kind of stuff Sidney Sheldon has written, I consider it pulp. But this book, this book has been an exception. Maybe it was because I read it when I was 14 or 15, maybe it was my lack of experience with the theme, it may have been anything. But this book has remained one of my favourite thrillers and I strongly recommend it for the on-and-off reader. The main character of the book is Ashley Patterson, an introverted workaholic, and her co-workers, Toni Prescott, an outgoing singer and dancer, and shy artist Alette Peters and a policeman.
The three women do not get along very well, because of their dissimilar natures. Toni and Alette generally maintain a friendship, with Alette a calming influence, but Toni dislikes Ashley and criticizes her harshly. All three women have issues with their mothers having told them they’d never amount to anything.
Ashley fears that somebody is following her. She’s found her house lights turned on when she comes home from work, her personal effects in disarray. She requests a police escort, but the next morning, the police officer assigned to this duty is found dead in her apartment. Two other murders have already taken place, with an identical pattern. When a gift from one of the murdered men to Toni is found in Ashley’s things, she is identified as the killer and arrested. What follows is a startling revelation during an intense investigation and a court trial. The book is complete in its dramatic moments, replete with enough tempo to keep one glued to their pages. The language is standard American, simple and fluid. The conversations are very entertaining. A number of moments made my hair stand on end. Good read.
Quote: She wore tight-fitting miniskirts and tube tops with open-toed shoes having five-inch heels or platform shoes with thick cork soles. She used a lot of makeup-thick, dark eye-liner, false eyelashes, colored eye shadow and bright lipstick. It was as though she were trying to hide her beauty.
PS: The above quote is SO vividly Sheldon 🙂