A psychological drama exploring one man's descent into jealousy and murderous madness.
Manuscript review by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY*, an independent organization:
Theo and Desiree have recently moved into a new house in the suburbs. The two have a very happy, very physical relationship, covered in detail, but - after insinuations by his brother, Allen, and Desiree's sister, Gloria - Theo begins to suspect his wife is having an affair.
About half way in, what seemed like a picturesque take on marriage and extended family zooms into noir territory, as Gloria seduces Theo, then tells him where he can witness Desiree's doings. He gets binoculars, sees what he believes to be his wife and a colleague, and confronts Desiree later that night with explosive results.
The sudden shift from domestic harmony to rage is handled with assurance; a steady build-up assures that the reader is fully invested in the climactic horror.
* Review provided as prize in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2008. OTHER PLANS was a top 100 semi-finalist in that competition
- - completed 10-2007 - -