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Ruth smiles, but beneath the surface nurses a hatred as powerful as the sea, and as sharp as the coldest of blades. The object of Ruth's malevolence is her cousin, Elizabeth — orphaned at nine months and raised by Ruth's parents as their own — whose very presence stole Ruth's birthright as only child. From this twisted sense of betrayal grows an envy, dark as night, from which there can be but one refuge: Elizabeth's destruction.

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Ruth smiles, but beneath the surface nurses a hatred as powerful as the sea, and as sharp as the coldest of blades. The object of Ruth's malevolence is her cousin, Elizabeth — orphaned at nine months and raised by Ruth's parents as their own — whose very presence stole Ruth's birthright as only child. From this twisted sense of betrayal grows an envy, dark as night, from which there can be but one refuge: Elizabeth's destruction.

The brilliant new bestseller by the author of last year's dynamite Damage. Ruth nurses a hatred as sharp as the coldest of blades. The object of her malevolence: her cousin Elizabeth, whose very presence stole Ruth's birthright as a child. . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Hart's bestselling Damage will undoubtedly flock to the bookstores to snatch up her second novel, but they may be disappointed by this one, which essentially marks her as a one-note writer. Again there is an insistent yet oblique narrative voice; this time it belongs to Ruth, who is insanely envious of her cousin/sister Elizabeth, adopted by Ruth's parents when her own family died in an accident. Calling herself a ``malevolent creature,'' Ruth realizes that her desire to destroy kind, generous Elizabeth is the expression of a warped psyche. When she succeeds in seducing Elizabeth's husband, Sir Charles, Ruth exults in their lasciviously detailed red-hot sex, but after he repudiates her, she experiences terrible pain. The staccato sentences that successfully propelled Damage are here reduced to fragments so truncated they cry out for parody; elsewhere, Hart's prose is terminally overwrought: ``Ferocity had etched something high, cold and silver onto my face.'' Readers will discern a pattern in Hart's plot technique: obsession leads to evil, betrayal and lust, then to painfully ironic complications and eventually to tragic, symbolic retribution. The trouble this time around is that the melodrama palls and the frisson of suspense is lacking. 100,000 first printing; BOMC alternate. (Aug. )
Library Journal
This fascinating follow-up to Hart's astonishing debut novel, Damage ( LJ 2/15/91), focuses on the sin of envy, embodied here by the narrator, Ruth. Ruth is corrosively jealous of her orphaned cousin Elizabeth, who was raised and cherished by Ruth's parents as their own daughter. She hates the good, generous, kind Elizabeth and waits for the moment when she will be able to break her rival and take everything. Her compelling voice makes Sin as readable as Damage , but the root of her envy never seems completely believable, and the brevity of the novel works against the author's intent. Was Ruth (badly misnamed by her parents, as it turns out) born with this fatal streak of envy, or was she struck by it in the one episode from her childhood which Hart offers as explanation? Though flawed by its failure to clarify this central point, Sin remains a disturbing, provocative work, sure to be eagerly sought by readers of Damage . Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/92.-- Dean James, Houston Acad. of Medicine/Texas Medical Ctr. Lib.
From the Publisher
“The reader looks on with mingled shock and fascination . . . a tour de force.” —The New York Times
“Shocking . . . unrelenting in its intensity . . . you won’t be able to put it down.” —Cosmopolitan
“A remarkable talent.” —Washington Post Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517116289
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/1994

Meet the Author

Josephine Hart’s international bestselling novels include Damage, Sin, Oblivion, and The Truth About Love. Born and raised in Ireland, she also produced several successful plays in London’s West End. Prior to becoming a writer, Hart worked in publishing and established the Gallery Poets and West End Poetry Hour.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Characters unrealistic

    I found the characters to be ridiculous - incredibly unrealistic.
    I honestly could not recommend this book.
    It was fine for light (very light) reading. That is the best I can say about
    This book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Highly recommended. Not just a romance novel, but some beautiful writing.

    This is a short book, but a very intense one. It fully develops the two main characters, and involves you completely in their lives. Even if you despise romance novels, as I do, this one will still grab you and only let go on the last page.

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