The Woman in the Fifth Paperback
Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything. A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job and his marriage. And when the ensuing scandal threatens to completely destroy him, he flees to Paris.
He arrives in the French captial in the bleak midwinter, and ends up having to work as a night guard to make ends meet.
Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life.
But their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events, and soon Harry finds himself in a nightmare from which there is no easy escape.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/06/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099469254
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Review by jbeast
Many reviewers on other sites have not rated this favourably, seemingly because they were existing fans of Kennedy and felt slightly let down by his change of tack towards the supernatural.This being my first Kennedy, I started with no such encumbrances and therefore enjoyed the supernatural element... although I must admit I saw it coming (if this had been the case had I not read previous reviews I couldn't say).I had a certain amount of sympathy for the protaganist, and am not convinced he deserved all he had gone through which had led him to Paris. I found I could relate to the frustration of his situation, and was constantly thinking surely...things can't get worse.I found the plot was fairly tight, given the fact that belief had to be suspended to a certain extent to get any enjoyment out of the book at all. I was perfectly satisfied with the ending, but I can see how others may disagree.Left me with a desire to read more of Douglas Kennedy.
Review by chive
This started of as a good book and then drifted off into complete drivel. Very disappointing
Review by alyslinn
Starts out subtle and becomes immensely creepy as it goes on. <br/>