Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts

Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts

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by Laura Benedict
     
 

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Three childhood friends. A malicious lie. One hell of a consequence.

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

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Three childhood friends. A malicious lie. One hell of a consequence.

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 perhaps with reality. And Del is desperate to be a perfect wife and adoring stepmother, but her friends see that her careful façade 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 readers in its terrifying grip long after the final, chilling page is turned.

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Publishers Weekly

When three women, friends since their tumultuous youth, find their lives unraveling, they are assisted by a mysterious stranger who arrives in their respective lives at just the right time. But who is he, where did he come from, and what exactly are his intentions? Emily Durante delivers a solid reading that features three separate and well-defined female performances that lend a realistic underpinning to an otherwise otherworldly story. Durante's only flaw is that as good as the three protagonists are, her renditions of supporting characters are at times clichéd and obvious. A Ballantine hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 27). (Jan.)

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Darque Reviews - Kimberly Swan
Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts is a dance with the devil that lands on the side of horror. From taboo elements to dark action in the storyline, Ms. Benedict blurs reality and keeps readers enthralled with deadly revenge until the surprising end. This book is not the paranormal romance you may mistake it for, and should appeal to readers who enjoy escaping with a bit of horror.
Bookreporter - Joe Hartlaub
Laura Benedict writes in the manner in which Bryan Ferry sings:
there is a light, almost airy touch on the surface of her
narrative, one that almost masks the sensuality, decadence and
subtle terror of what lies beneath. When you begin reading CALLING
MR. LONELY HEARTS, Benedict�s latest work, I suggest
Ferry�s �Slave to Love� on repeat as your
background music. Not that the novel needs any accompaniment:
it�s pitch-perfect on its ow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345497697
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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