on August 24, 2002
This is a most amazing book, beginning with the premise that Alice White, a beautiful and talented young lady, turns into a wolf once a month like clockwork. Naturally this complicates her life and forces her into a lonely existence of superficial relationships. That is, until she meets Erik, her college course advisor, and against her better judgment, falls deeply in love with him. He is the first man she has ever loved, but what will he say when she tells him the lycanthropic truth? This is a love story that really gets complicated. And Erik's ex-wife Debra is trying to win him back. And her psychiatrist, who secretly lusts for her, is making things even more difficult.
Well, this was a book I could not put down. It is well written, wise and insightful. Danvers makes the strange premise of the book somehow believable. You begin to wonder--well, what if? After all, don't we all have an animal nature, a dark side that we scarcely know? The only part of the book I found hard to believe was the unprofessional behavior of the psychiatrist.
So, run out to the woods and howl--no, no--buy this book and read it, nooooooow!
on March 12, 2002
Given Dean Koontz's penchant for pseudonymous writing, I'd be surprised if he didn't pen this wonderful, weird little love story. It reads like him, at his peak.
Alice White has this little problem - she's a werewolf. Nobody believes her, despite the fact that a man she was alone with several years back during a full moon was killed by some unidentified kind of dog. Even her psychiatrist thinks she's merely projecting a fantasy.
Now, Alice is ready to give up her lonely life of one-night stands, having met her great love in college instructor Erik Summers. She wants to tell him - but how? Complicating matters are the fact that Alice's psychiatrist has a secret hankering for her, and Erik's ex-wife wants him back. Alice learns self-hypnosis to control her transformations for Erik's sake, but with all the various little love triangles afoot, it isn't too long before raging hormones start taking over, and...
...oh, I'm sorry, I'm sure you'd rather take the ride, yourself. It's well worth it. This is the sort of story Anne Rice often attempts and rarely quite succeeds at.
on January 31, 2001
This is a book about an ordinary situation with extraordinary quirks. Alice White is a werewolf. She seeks out someone who can help her and ends up with shrink. Of course he believes her to be delusional but, quite fascinating. Alice tries to keep everyone at arms lenth for fear of what the truth will do to them and her. Along the way, she meets and falls for a wonderful professor, Erik Summers, and hopes that he'll be the one that accepts her for all she is....
Of course that is when things get complicated. This book so honestly depicts relationships that you hardly notice that one of the factors involved is the fact that Alice is a werewolf.
It's really a great book. It is the ONLY book I have read 4 times and refuse to let others borrow in fear I may never get it back.