SHE HAD IT COMING
With any book, the expectation is to finish the last page feeling inspired, educated or, at the very least, entertained. After finishing this one, readers will feel ... nothing. The end will leave them empty, since the main character doesn't change from one scene to the next. Despite two marriages and an affair, there is no growth on her part and, therefore, no real purpose to the book.
Dolores Reese falls in love with two men. One, Floyd, her high school sweetheart, is unfairly arrested for the rape and murder of a young woman. The other, Paul, a professional, must learn to look beyond Dolores' poor beginnings. Unable to choose between the two, Dolores marries them both and creates two separate lives for herself. What ensues is a whirlwind of lies, deceptions and trickery for everyone involved. (Dafina, Sep., 320 pp., $24.00)