Starr Bright will be With You Soon Book Review

Starr Bright will be With You Soon Book Review

Title: Starr Bright will be With You Soon
Author: Joyce Carol Oates writing as Rosamond Smith
Published: May 2, 2017, Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $7.99 Kindle

Joyce Carol Oates, veteran bestselling author, writing under the name of Rosamond Smith, has released Starr Bright will be With You Soon. Sharon Donner and Lily Merrick are twins – not identical, and nothing alike. After 15 years, Sharon, who is the one who was always beautiful and left home to pursue a modeling and then dancing career, has shown up at Lily’s home asking to stay for a while. Lily is ecstatic, and at first, her husband and daughter are anxious to have Sharon stay as long as she wants. Their daughter, Deirdre is in awe of her Aunt Sharon, and Sharon’s influence is strong on the 15-year old girl. As the story unfolds, readers learn of the manipulations that Sharon has carried out over the years, and especially while she and Lily were growing up. Lily seems clueless. What the family doesn’t know is that Sharon has come to their home town in upstate New York to exact revenge on men who didn’t love her enough and who abused her while she was growing up. Sharon, is actually a vicious serial killer and some close family members may be next. Lily is so excited that Sharon is there after all those years, that she can’t see the damage Sharon is doing to Lily’s family.

The author is an excellent storyteller, and does not hold back as she describes the graphic murders of the psychopathic Sharon. It seems Oates has done her research and has created a character that rings true as far as being narcissistic, self-centered, and manipulative; anyone who is acquainted with someone who has those tendencies can certainly envision murder as something they wouldn’t have a problem with. Sharon insists in her mind that she is doing God’s work to get rid of and punish these men, since she and Lily’s father was a preacher. She has dozens of Bible verses memorized that she uses to justify her actions.

This book is fascinating, and can be hard to put down. The characters are well-developed, and the story flows. It is an excellent story, albeit some of the material isn’t suitable for all ages; however, it is an easy read.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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