“I am so invested in this series, and so absorbed in the near perfect relationship between Eve and Roarke, their vulnerabilities so well matched; it is almost embarrassing to admit. I applaud each story that Robb so cleverly creates and enjoy the continuing growth of these two characters. So it was a jolt when Magdalena, "the bitch", former lover and partner to Roarke appears in this book, to insidiously manipulate Eve's and Roarke's life and marriage, to have Roarke oddly unaware of Maggie's deceit, and Eve stoically covering her fear and hurt from Roarke. It was also satisfying to have Somerset fully aware of the situation, prompting Roarke to consider Maggie's act, revealing to Eve and the reader his obvious approval of her, the ruse and game of their continued conflict. We are shown another side of him while he reveals Maggie's deceit to Eve, championing Eve and warning her about how dangerous Maggie really is. To top it off the story itself is creative, scary and well paced.
This is such wonderfully satisfying mind candy (lovely as a counter to the intense reading for a current seminar in Modernism that I am taking: Joyce, Woolf, Hemingway and Larsen). ”