Speak Softly, She Can Hear (Paperback)
Simon & Schuster, 9780743255400, 341pp.
Publication Date: March 10, 2006
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In this "gripping psychological thriller" (New York Post
), two best friends at an exclusive Manhattan girls' school make a pact: they will lose their virginity before graduation.
Carole is a shy, overweight scholarship student who finds herself under the spell of the charismatic, pedigreed Naomi--it's an unlikely friendship that will set in motion a series of events with dire and far-reaching consequences.
Enter Eddie, a slick Upper East Side prep school dropout, expelled from a half-dozen private schools on the East Coast. Eddie is handsome, fatally charming, and more than willing to help the girls accomplish their goal. But something about him is not quite right--his overly familiar way with Naomi, his hair-trigger temper, the stories that just don't add up--and on one bitterly cold holiday weekend in an isolated cabin deep in the Vermont woods, a horrifying twist develops in the girls' plan.
#1 bestselling author Wally Lamb says, "Pam Lewis is a sly and sure-footed storyteller whose literary tale of treachery, deception, and truth sits comfortably alongside Donna Tartt's The Secret History
and Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley
Praise For Speak Softly, She Can Hear…
"Gripping . . . with a freshness that sets it apart." -- New York Post
"Pam Lewis will keep you guessing, she'll keep you up late at night, but most of all, she will bring you back to the friendships and betrayals of your past. Smart, clever, and emotionally involving. You'll never feel the same way about keeping a secret." -- Brad Meltzer, New York Times; bestselling author of The Tenth Justice and The Zero Game
"This debut psychological thriller is full of promise for author Pam Lewis, who takes various familiar genre elements and gives them some fresh twists." -- Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
"An excellent debut." -- Karen Carlin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette