SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER
Octavia’s latest makes you angry from the very beginning that a woman can be so gullible, naïve and blind to the snake slithering through her home disguised as a friend. Strategically placed flashbacks showcase the main and secondary characters. Dialogue is volatile, seductive, contentious and pleading, while Octavia artfully shows the range of emotions, behavior, intellect and morality that holds your attention to the end. This is truly an amazing read.
Dawn and Reginald have a stable marriage until her sorority sister visits. Sasha represents what Reginald supposedly disdains: bourgeois blacks. Dawn, however, ignores the omens that Sasha is wooing Reginald with her beauty, sensuality and promise of business connections. When Sasha’s sinister plot to steal Reginald for her own selfish gain unfolds, Dawn not only has to decide whom to fight, but she has to learn how to fight back. (DAFINA, Nov., 320 pp., $14.00)