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Old 01-16-2020, 06:23 PM
 
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I thought it wasn't smart to send the first letter from Bridget's home town. Since Karen knew Bridget was from there and that they were visiting, it would seem awful coincidental that Annie was in or near that same town.
Yes, I thought that, too.
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Old 01-17-2020, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevadas (California)
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Annie was doomed from the beginning, I doubt she would have given the baby to the couple, no matter how much they had paid her. If she had become pregnant. As the entire agreement was illegal, I do not know what they would have done, except the crazy lady seems she would have killed for another baby.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:25 PM
 
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I know it's not the end of the month and not everyone is required to be finished and weigh in, but before those who did finish forget the entire book, I'll tell you what struck me when I read it.

First was the tension because Laurence and Karen were so good together and good for each other but it was never going to work because her sister's body was buried in his back garden. If his mother wasn't a problem, it still couldn't possibly work because (see above). You have to ask yourself, too, how good a person he was to be involved with her knowing what he knew. How could he sell the house ever? Etc., etc. It wasn't going to work and I was waiting to find out how it was going to unravel.

The other thing was that ending and it brought to mind the expression about the banality of evil. Years ago there was a British showed called Cracker. Robbie Coltrane played a psychologist who worked with the police and he was involved (if you could believe it) with the female police officer. She was raped in one of the episodes and suspected another policeman but couldn't prove it. During a training exercise she got this police officer on the ground and had a gun in her hand and he taunted her to "go ahead and do it" and then laughed that she didn't have the guts. Later in the season she said to Robbie Coltrane I did. I did have the guts; what I didn't have was the callousness.

And the end of this book reminded me that evil is not a large, terrifying thing, but something small and callous, small and selfish, but the impact of it is enormous. And the end of this book made me feel that viscerally. It stayed with me after I finished, which a lot of popular fiction doesn't.
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