Friends for life

by Smith, Carol, 1938-

Format: Print Book 1996
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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Five women will eventually come to form strong, oddly curious bonds of friendship, but first they find themselves sharing a ward as patients in one of central London's National Health hospitals. These lives are joined together by a complex web of connections that Smith's deliciously suspenseful first novel adeptly allows to unfold at a nearly perfect pace. The clever narrative features a decidedly nuanced feminist theme, with a bevy of skillfully rendered female characters as different as they can be from one another, yet drawn together by the Fates--with some help from a psychopathic serial killer. The mesmerizing tale resolves around the charming central figure of Beth and other, less likable individuals (who eventually come into their own), building unfalteringly to its startling conclusion. --Alice Joyce"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this adroitly plotted first novel, set in contemporary London, British literary agent Smith works a keenly observed story of five women into a murder thriller. Beth, a divorced caterer, has been having an affair with Oliver, a married banker. Vivienne, a former "D├ębutante of the Year," happens to be married to Oliver and doesn't know of the affair. Georgy, an American photographer on assignment in London, is infatuated with Beth's ex-husband. Without any obvious links (at first) to the first three are Sally, the sexy, freewheeling good-time girl from Australia, and Catherine, a veterinarian's receptionist whose famous mother cruelly squashed her one chance at love. Smith nimbly charts the ways in which the disparate lives of these women intersect until they all meet, by chance, in a gynecological ward, where they become friends. She generates suspense with a violent prologue in which an unnamed woman is attacked in her kitchen and maintains the tension with short, italicized chapters detailing further murders (with the players remaining anonymous). By the time the main plot acquires the sinister tone of the prologue and interchapters, every character has come so vividly to life that the reader is hooked, ready to be reeled in as Smith subtly orchestrates the series of events that brings the canny and experienced killer to the fore in a protracted and graphic conclusion. Major ad/promo. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women -- England -- London -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Friendship -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Warner Books,1996
Other Titles Darkening echoes
Language English
Notes Originally published: Darkening echoes. Great Britain : Little, Brown, 1995.
Description 426 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0446520047 (hardcover)
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