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The novel does get off to a slow start, with an unnecessarily drawn-out description of a luxury hotel. But it picks up speed as it moves backward in time, from the lovers' vividly evoked interlude in Africa, to their adolescent years in the Massachusetts village of Hull, and finally to Linda's deepest, darkest secret. Only then does the author unveil her final revelation, which should leave most readers somewhat out of breath, and possibly even obliged to turn back to the first page and read the book over again. Shreve is a canny storyteller, and she knows her characters inside and out. (As well she might: Thomas is the husband of Jean, the photographer in The Weight of Water.) And The Last Time They Met is yet another example of the kind of book she does best--one that's as skillfully plotted as a thriller, but with writing that lingers long after the last plot twist is unfurled. No matter whether people actually have affairs like these. Reading this book only makes you wish that they did. --Mary Park --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I was "SHOCKED" to say the least after reading the last page of the book.
It's like the author just tacked on a "suprise" ending for no reason, even though it completely contradicts any logical reading of the rest of the book.
I have read almost all of Anita Shreves books, and this by far is one of the best.
Anita Shreve has been on a binge of writing what amounts to lyrical glorifications of adultery and this book runs true to form. Read morePublished 18 days ago by C. Bronte
Clear your calendar for a couple of days and read Anita Shireve’s The Last Time They Met (Little, Brown and Company). Pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle in for a treat. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mary E. Trimble
Loved it. This was such an amazing book. I read it years ago and fell in love with it all over again.Published 25 days ago by Carol Barry
Book arrived in very good condition. Have read and enjoyed the book.Published 1 month ago by Doris Long
When I wrote my first novel, my editor said, "If you insist on that ending, you'll never have anyone buy a second novel." She was right, and I changed that ending. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bette E. Nordberg
The Last Time They Met was the worst book Anita Shreve has written. It may be a long time before i get another of her books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Txgranny