To Die For

To Die For

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by Joyce Maynard
     
 

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When her husband is shot dead by her teenage boyfriend, would-be television journalist Suzanne Maretto steps into the role of grieving widow with a brilliant performance. But few suspect her dark side. This chilling novel of ambition and sexual obsession goes behind the mask of an apple-pie beauty to probe the sinister manipulations of a mesmerizing femme fatale.

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When her husband is shot dead by her teenage boyfriend, would-be television journalist Suzanne Maretto steps into the role of grieving widow with a brilliant performance. But few suspect her dark side. This chilling novel of ambition and sexual obsession goes behind the mask of an apple-pie beauty to probe the sinister manipulations of a mesmerizing femme fatale.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Taking her inspiration from a recent murder trial, Maynard ( Baby Love ) reimagines the protagonists in fictional form: 22-year-old Suzanne Maretto, a pathologically self-absorbed, ruthlessly ambitious would-be TV journalist, and the three high school misfits she recruits to kill her husband so that she can be free to pursue her chosen career. Using short vignettes related by 24 characters involved in the incident--parents, neighbors, a high school principal, even Phil Donahue--Maynard attempts to show how Suzanne could gull all three fatherless, poverty-stricken teenagers into committing murder for her sake. While carefully thought out and constructed, the narrative is only partially convincing. Although she does a good job of conveying Suzanne's low intelligence in monologues replete with pretentious errors (``myself having been a very different sort of individual''), Maynard fails both to make the voices of other characters sound genuine and to differentiate among them. In addition, Suzanne is so singleminded, manipulative and obtuse that she is essentially a caricature. Maynard is, however, more deft in her portrayal of our pervasive, pernicious TV culture, especially its influence on the lower middle class. Though Maynard's imagined ending is a cop-out, those not familiar with the outlines of the original case may find the novel absorbing. First serial to Penthouse; Literary Guild selection . ( Jan. )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595269396
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/17/2003
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved how the story was told through each characters perspective! I couldn't put it down! The movie based on the book was okay, but it didn't really do the book justice.
lindalLC More than 1 year ago
I was not dissapointed . . Though different from her other novels,the story was quick and held me right to the end. Was very satisfied with this purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just an ok read for me. I like books base on true events. This one just seemed long and drawn out. I had to make myself finish it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was written based on a true story but changed around a bit. Her name in real life is Pamela Smart. Google it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice ending