Lovely news this week…
The paperback of Isabella Moon will be featured in Target’s Breakout Books promotion beginning in February. I couldn’t be happier because, yes, Target is my happy place!
And here’s the Booklist Review of Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts:
Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts.
Benedict, Laura (Author)
Jan 2009. 352 p. Ballantine, hardcover, $25.00. (9780345497697).
Roxanne , Del , and Alice have been friends since childhood, with Roxanne taking the dominant role. Roxanne is a force to be reckoned with—whatever she wants, Del and Alice will go along with, however reluctantly, from the usual teenage misbehaviors to witchcraft ceremonies in the park. When the girls are 13, she convinces them to back up a ruinous story about one of the priests at their Catholic school. Defrocked and furious, the priest disappears, and they keep it a secret between themselves. Years later each meets a mysterious man named Varick, and within moments of their meeting, Roxanne’s, Del ’s, and Alice ’s lives begin to unravel. None of them know what he wants from them but they can’t help giving it to him. Why is Varick here, and most importantly—who is he? Don’t let the title fool you: though it sounds like a Cary Grant film, Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts is extremely scary. Benedict has written a very suspenseful, tense, and sinister second novel.
Now, if I can just get through the next six weeks or so of waiting!