04/06/2000

Those who Serve (by Marcia Willett)

'Those who Serve' was the first published novel by Marcia Willett.

This book features Kate and Cass, close friends who are very different in outlook. Kate's marriage is unhappy, yet she stays faithful to her husband. Cass, by contrast, has many affairs, playing 'Russian roulette' as she puts it, despite having a happy family life.

The first chapter is a flash-forward to tragedy in Cass's life, and clearly overshadows the whole book. Well-written with believable people and subplots, and a hopeful ending even in the midst of pain.

Recommended.

(I wrote a longer review of 'Those who Serve' in 2008, on re-reading)

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