This novel is a classic example of Richard Laymon's extraordinary awareness of the emotional and sexual presence of women. In the two sisters, Melanie and Penelope, Laymon demonstrates the fragility and neediness of some women and the powerful defensiveness of others, both of whom are aware of their own sexual powers. The plot lines running together in the novel with the mystery of the obscene phone calls, the accident befalling the girls father and Melanie's disturbing visions keep this a fast paced thrilling spiral of sex, inner thoughts and family ties.

Reviewed by Kizzy Brown

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