Publisher: Legend Press
For the third time this week he is watching her scream. Watching, not listening.
Rebecca Laurence is centre stage and shining in her role as Ophelia. She pivots, rotating like a ballerina impaled in a musical box, red hair cascading down her back. Amidst the thundering applause, one man is watching.
Rebecca meets the charismatic Seth Gardner, and as attraction grows between them, he invites her to join his Friday Folly, a group of artistic friends. But as Rebecca is drawn into the web of tangled relationships all is not as it appears. The scene is set for the night that will rip the group apart.
Consumed by loss and surrounded by secrets, Rebecca must escape the grip of the Folly to have any chance of saving herself. Meanwhile, one man continues to watch.
There's plenty of detailed descriptions though it seemed everything and everyone was "like a child," but other than that I found the very beginning and the very end of the book to drag, for me. I think I was hoping for a confrontation that never happened. The middle, though, had me completely ensnared.
The Friday Folly is a group of outcasts. They're an odd group of imaginative, overly vulnerable and very different individuals. The only thing they had in common was their collective obsession with Seth, their host. I found myself liking each of them, even meek Catherine, who I think might be a little insane. Rebecca is the primary focus and makes friends with them easily. The games Seth set up for them to play were ways for the reader, as well as Seth, to get to know them. It's when a murder comes to light when we really get to know a bit more about his true nature.
What I found interesting was the formatting of this book. It was set up to be like a play, even had sections where it was names and then dialogue, with captions where the characters turned to the audience. I found this interesting, but often distracting. Immediately, I was taken out of the story when this happened, but this could just be me.