An intense, tautly crafted novel of sensual manipulation and suspense
Stella's life is impeccably ordered, spare, and completely sealed within her London flat. Everything comes to herher aromatherapy massage clients, her pharmaceuticals, and her lovers. When Ivan decides to stay for good, she tells him the rules: no stories from the past, no unnecessary anecdotes, no questions. As the two engage in a brilliantly choreographed erotic dance, Stella's life gradually slips through her fingers as everything she has sought to control turns against her.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||5.06(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.44(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
JANNI VISMAN studied film at London College and printing and mixed media at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her first novel, Sex Education,was published by Bloomsbury, UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an intriguing little book and one which I found quite compelling reading.Stella Lewis is an agoraphobic aromatherapist. She sees clients in her home because she finds it impossible to even go to the bottom of the stairs in the building where her flat is located. One day she finds a bracelet belonging to her boyfriend Ivan, with an inscription on it that brings out all her paranoia and insecurities.The story is told in the first person and covers about a week in Stella's life. It has sinister undertones as Stella becomes obsessed with finding out more about the person behind the inscription, going to some extraordinary lengths to get information.I liked the writing style in this novel and found it to be a quick, but quite complex read.
Though having a decent client list of rich despondent middle-aged women, aromatherapist Stella never leaves her home as she is agoraphobic. She has established a routine out of her house so that she can live comfortably albeit restrained as she knows one step outside has her panicking. Since she has made herself a virtual prisoner with her being her own warden, she also now fears gas leaks, her latest phobia.-------------------------- She hires someone to remove anything that uses it and replaces it with safe electricity. While the repairman Ivan completes the job, Stella seduces the hunk. He moves in with the phobic woman that night though she establishes the rules of their arrangement. Stella finds her lifestyle immensely improved as he provides her easier access to the outsiders. However, when he returns to her home one day wearing a gold-plated ID bracelet given to him from his former girlfriend, Stella gets a bit further unhinged. She begins to seek other evidence that Ivan is stepping out on her and finds plenty of evidence in his belongings. She persuades Skye to trail Ivan when he leaves the house even as her routines unravel because she tries to emulate the photo she found amongst his possessions.------------------ YELLOW is a wonderful psychological thriller that takes place over five days in the same locale as the heroine¿s perfect routines that never deviates (think six sigma but to an infinite level) begin to unravel leading to doubts, accidents, and much more. The key to this finely plotted tale is whether Stella has lost her groove and her grip on reality or is Ivan perhaps abetted by Skye is driving her insane. Fans will read Janni Visman¿s powerful character driven novel in one stark sitting.------------- Harriet Klausner
I discovered this book by chance at my library in NEW FICTION and the book cover is what grabbed my attention. I immediately became engrossed in the novel and could not put it down! I felt like I was the protagonist and every emotion or fear was mine at that moment. Afterward, I looked up the author only to discover she has not written anything else, and I am now looking forward to another fine piece of writing from Visman.
This is a strange but very engrossing book. It is only 180 pages long and I read it with one or two sittings. The main character is very well constructed. I almost felt like I was her at times. Stella is paranoid about almost everything in her everyday life.