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The Evil Friendship

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The moment of truth…

Mary Drew knelt down on the rug. She leaned forward, her mouth within an inch of Martha’s.

“l love you,” she said. “I’ve loved you from the very moment we met. But I won’t kiss you. I’m so close my lips are almost on yours, but I won’t kiss you.”

Martha looked deeply into the other girl’s eyes for a very long time. “l love you, too,” she said.

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Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published January 2012 by Prologue Books (first published 1958)
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Simultaneos Insanity / Folie Simultanee

Vin Packer (Marijane Meaker, *1927) gilt seit Veröffentlichung ihres Romans „Spring Fire“ als Begründerin der lesbian pulp fiction. Allerdings ist diese Genre-Bezeichnung stark irreführend, denn THE EVIL FRIENDSHIP (1958) ist ein durchaus gut geschriebener und spannender psychologischer Roman.

(Da es sich um einen Krimi handelt, hier der Hinweis:
Die folgenden Passagen enthalten SPOILER)

Im Zentrum stehen die jungen Außenseiterinnen Mary Drew Edlin und Martha
Rebecca Martin
I actually am hesitating between 4 and 5 stars for this one. I had no idea until I got to the end of this book that it was written in 1958. It is so strongly written and imagined--and then taking into account it was written in 1958--that I feel like giving it five stars for its author's bravery. In any case, I realized quickly that the book is based on the Parker-Hulme case in New Zealand. I've read Parker and Hulme by Glamuzina and Laurie and I've seen Heavenly Creatures but I feel this book do ...more
Rachael Eyre
Like most people, I originally discovered the Parker Hulme case through Heavenly Creatures. The case is such a fascinating and unusual one, it's been covered by an almost unprecedented number of books, both fiction and non fiction. I'd heard of The Evil Friendship, but since it was an old lesbian pulp, reasoned it must have fallen out of print years ago. That's reckoning without Kindle's uncanny ability to breath life into seemingly dead genres!

In this instance, they really shouldn't have bother
Heath Lowrance
Mary Drew and Martha are teenage girls at a posh English school, both of them lonely, both of them fueled by vivid imaginations. When they meet, the connection is instantaneous and intense, and it isn't long before they develop a "significant relationship". The passion they have for each other eventually leads to ruin, and murder.

Vin Packer is the pen name of Marijane Meeker, one of the unsung heroes (heroines?) of the paperback original heyday of the '50's, and is credited with starting the so-
It's a lesbian pulp fiction book (circa 1958) dramatizing the Parker-Hulme murder case -- what more do you need to know?
Unreal characters make for an ultimately failed plot. Novel begins with murder trial and alternates between trial testimony in the "present" and narration of events in the "past". Ambitious novel, but it just doesn't work. Not worth reading.
It took me a few chapters before I realized that I knew the story. It's the same case that Heavenly Creatures was based on.
Victor Whitman
It seems like a long time since I found a really good writer. Looking forward to more.
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Marijane Meaker (born May 27, 1927) is an American novelist and short story writer in several genres using different pen names. From 1952 to 1969 she wrote twenty mystery and crime novels as Vin Packer, including Spring Fire which is credited with launching the genre of lesbian pulp fiction (although few of Packer's books address homosexuality or feature gay characters). Using her own observations ...more
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