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Animosity    by David Lindsey order for
by David Lindsey
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Warner, 2003 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Celeste Lacan commissions Ross Marteau, a world-renowned sculptor, to render a likeness of her sister. In accepting this commission, Ross takes on much more than he bargained for. He falls in love with Celeste, a beautiful woman who is married to a physically abusive husband. Celeste's sister is also beautiful, but flawed both physically and mentally. The story builds slowly, but very satisfactorily. The process of sculpting is laborious and painstaking - much more involved than chipping away at a piece of marble. The mechanics of the process run through the book and are fascinating.

Ross finds himself caught up in circumstances beyond his control. He commits a crime that haunts and repulses him. Animosity at this point rushes at breakneck speed to a horrifying conclusion, one that I didn't see coming. Lindsey's novel takes a look at the lengths to which someone will go to achieve revenge. We see the inner workings of a blighted mind, the convoluted reasonings that dictate a violent act. Though this is a fictitious story, the characters that populate the book seem real. The author seems to know the workings of a demented mind, so that the reader is chilled by the evil rampant in this book.

For a scary read, buy a copy of Animosity and indulge in sheer madness.

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