Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Review - Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts by Laura Benedict

Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts
Laura Benedict
December 30, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-345-49769-7

Book blurb:
Alice, Roxanne, and Del have been best friends since childhood-a childhood full of silly games, growing pains, and a hint of the kind of cruelty that only young girls know. Now, Alice's marriage is over, her husband having a child with another woman. Roxanne, an artist, is losing touch with everyone who cares for her-and perhaps with reality. And Del is soldiering through, but her friends see a dark cloud gathering in her eyes.

The instrument of their destruction is a single enigmatic man-Varick. Seemingly summoned from the air, the strikingly handsome Varick is a lonely woman's dream come true. But as Varick seduces the women in turn, their lives become unrecognizable to them. But where has he come from? And what does he want? His 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 are at risk, but so are their souls. For once upon a time, the three friends 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. Varick. And now they all must live with the consequences. . . .

My thoughts:
The lives of Alice, Del and Roxanne are coming undone. Friends since school, these women have shared their ups and downs in life, as well as a few dark secrets. Now the things they did as young teens are coming back at them with a vengeance so strong that one by one their lives will be destroyed. A dark presence from the past pulls the strings, and once he’s begun nothing will stop him.

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.

To learn more about Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts, please visit Ms. Benedict’s website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


samantha.1020 said...

I love a good scary book now and then. Although I can be a bit of a wimp about them :) Great review!

Kimberly Swan said...

It's a pretty creepy one Samantha! Thank you! :)