The moment of truth... Mary Drew knelt down on the rug. She leaned forward, her mouth within an inch of Martha’s.
"l love you," she said. "I’ve loved you from the very moment we met. But I won’t kiss you. I’m so close my lips are almost on yours, but I won’t kiss you."
Martha looked deeply into the other girl’s eyes for a very long time. "l love you, too," she said. Then hungrily they fed on each other's lips.
Martha grasped Mary Drew’s hand. "Love me, will you? Not just kisses. Not any more."
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Not time well spent, but not poorly spent either.
Has The Evil Friendship turned you off from other books in this genre?
I don't care for true crime to begin with but this fictionalization of what I suppose was a real case was fine. The author tried to develop several characters adequately rather than writing a simple procedural or reconstruction.
What does Leslie Bellair bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her reading is straight forward and she does not resort to cheap theatrics or silly performance gimmicks such as creating different arbitrary voices and accents for each character. She seems to emote the reading with a reasonable understanding of character and scene as opposed to keying it tritely to individual words outside of context.
Was The Evil Friendship worth the listening time?
I had to force myself stick to it... but it was not bad.
Any additional comments?
This restrained style of reading is far superior to the amateur theatrics and one-person full-cast recordings that seem to be coming in vogue.