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Transgressions

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  642 ratings  ·  68 reviews
In Sarah Dunant's shocking and provocative new thriller "Transgressions, " the lines bleed between passion and violence, attraction and repulsion, pleasure and terror. Winner of England's prestigious Silver Dagger Award, Dunant presents readers with a new kind of heroine: Lizzie Skorvecky, a woman unafraid to fight back as a bizarre and intense drama escalates toward one i ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by ReganBooks (first published 1997)
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Loederkoningin
If the the back flap blurb writer had written the actual book, Trangressions might not have resulted in such trashy, tacky crap.

Okay, listen..

"Elizabeth is a modern woman. Smart. Independent. As sexual as she wants to be-with whomever she wants to be. But a breakup with her academic boyfriend has hit her harder than she cares to admit. And while her latest gig, translating a glitzy Czech thriller into English, offends her literary sensibilities, it arouses others with its steamy scenes of erotic
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Erica
Every time I read another book by this author, Sarah Dunant, I love her more. She’s fast becoming one of my favorites. Why? Because she touches upon topics that most authors, especially female authors, wouldn’t go near with a ten-foot pole, such as stalkers and rape in this novel. And it’s not even just that—she always adds a twist, and her characters are so realistic and multifaceted that they jump off the page and dance.
Laura Rittenhouse
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Sherryl Wynne
This is one of the worst books I have ever read and if I can save one other person from suffering through it I will. I've enjoyed other of Ms. Dunant's books and the concept for this one is good, but the story was horrific. I am far from prudish, but the language, the descriptions, the bulk of the story itself were so fulled with crude, offensive, disgusting, truly gross scenes and language that the only reason I finished it was so that I could write this review and honestly say that the story h ...more
Loredana Adriana
This book was AMAZING! I sincerely don't know why the rating is so low, because I enjoyed every single page of it. I loved the story, the heroine, the stalker, the ending, everything. But most of all, I loved Dunant's style, her way of somehow forcing you to immerse yourself in her story. Yes, I was hooked! I read some reviews about how it fails to portray reality and what a real woman would have done in the given circumstances. Yeah, but it's fiction, it's supposed to play games with your mind ...more
Denise Stephenson
Not a favorite. The premise of the translator finding herself in a similar story to the novel she's translating and then learning from it was promising, but the execution became tedious and predictable. Maybe if she'd been translating something better than misogynistic police fiction it would have worked better for me. I think in the end, the only thing that intrigued me was the concept of how relationships can become intimate ones even when it's not what we desire.
Leslie
Trashy nonsense, with one of those stupid heroines so common in thrillers who does all the stupid things and none of the obvious things because the stupid things spin the plot out further and the obvious things would bring it to a screaming halt. I'm tired of supposedly titillating woman-in-peril stories. There's nothing sexy about them. This one was more distasteful than most.
Tory
I didn't think the book was easy to read at all, and while the plot was gripping (I guess) it wasn't something I wanted to read in one sitting, skinny as the novel might be.

I liked it. It was new, I haven't read twelve other books just like it. And the writer's got a great style, am looking forward to reading more by her.
Keli
Dec 30, 2011 Keli marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nichole
I must have been in one of those moods where all I wanted to read were crime novels. Perhaps it was the “thrill of the hunt” as I was able to ride along with the investigators or it was the ability to feel the tension and some of the fear of those victimized; either way, they are a bit thrilling for me to read, more so than I originally thought would be.

Do you ever get the feeling that you are being watched? Do you ever look over your shoulder (even though you just looked over your shoulder) jus
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Rachel
This is not a book that I would usually pick up, but the story seemed so interesting that I had to buy it.

I read it in less than a day! The entire story had me trapped. Once I finished a chapter, I had to continue reading and find out what happened next. The main character is very likeable, and multi-faceted. You find yourself rooting for her the whole way through.

The story is fast paced and very entertaining. The only problem I had with the book is that when you find out what is going on and fi
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Gwen
I'm rather amused by some of the very negative reviews... I'm glad I didn't let them put me off reading this book.
I've read quite a few of her other books & enjoyed them- this one was a departure from her historical tales, being set in London in the present day.
I got very caught up in the story, reading into the early hours... The only element which slightly bothered me was the main character's plan to deal with her situation- it didn't strike me as terribly plausible or realistic. But the
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Laura Smith
Im not sure about this book (but read in one day and finished at 2am because I wanted to know what happens) but it was somewhat of an anticlimax and got annoyed with the alternative story and skipped a few pages. felt like I was missing something
Kathleen Dixon
I don't have the time or energy to write a review so will simply say that I didn't like the Alex-story (that the protagonist is translating) but was engrossed in the rest.
LG
Aug 18, 2008 LG added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who wants a bit of a mystery, but not too much to where its overwhelming
Recommended to LG by: saw it at the bookstore
I've started and re-started this book about four times. I got about half-way through and I just can't finish it. It isn't bad, but it's not good either. I loved The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant, but this wasn't even on the same playing field as far as the writing goes. I do like escaping for a bit, and to its credit, this book does allow for that, but if you don't have time, you'll never muster up the two hours it would take to finish it!

I give it a very solid mediocre.
Snowgirl19
I bought this book because I really enjoyed "In the Company of the Courtesan". Big mistake. Luckily for my budget the book was on sale. The description of the book sounded interesting but in fact, the story doesn't bring anything new except for the style: trashy and vulgar. I felt like reading a very bad porn. but the book is all right if you need something light and easy. Bottom line I would not recommend this book. In fact I am going to burry it deep in my library.
Pat
Reminds me of the term "penny dreadful"...do not waste your time on this borderline sado-masochistic tripe.What starts with a crisp, scary beginning(young woman,with recently-ended relationship, starts finding eerie events occurring in her home suggestive of either an intruder(a sadistic ex? a poltergeist? a stalker? she's crazy?) tips its hand and then degenerates into vengeful woman "Pulp Fiction." Good thing I only spent 50 cents on it because it's going in the trash.
Jane
I read this because I loved her historical novels e.g. Birth of Venus. However, this is completely different and a very unpleasant book to read. She certainly is able to create an atmosphere of fear and tension but I just don't like reading about violence in that way and won't be reading any more of her 'thrillers'. This was written some time ago so hopefully this style of writing won't be repeated as the more recent novels are excellent.
Jenn
Ug, this book was just horrible. I'd previously read Dunant's In the Company of the Courtesan and evidently liked it because I picked up this one. BAD decision. It was just awful. I could care less about the main character. I REALLY could care less about the inclusion of the book she was translating and quickly started skipping those parts. I found myself wanted the intruder to just put her out of MY misery already. Yuck.
Lisa
I liked this book a lot toward the beginning. The main character, Elizabeth, is a divorced woman living alone in a large house. Strange things start to happen (CDs going missing, or playing when she arrives home), and Elizabeth does not know if it is a ghost, or her ex-husband playing tricks on her, or an intruder. When it's revealed what's behind it, I liked the novel a lot less. It's...creepy.
Robert Wechsler
This is a novel I would not normally read. I read it because the protagonist is translating a Czech novel (a detective story) into English throughout the novel, and the act of translation (although not the art) becomes an element of the tale. The novel kept me interested, and is certainly a couple steps above the Czech novel within the novel. But there’s really nothing to say about it.
Caroline
Continuing my affair with Sarah Dunant i ordered all her books from the library! This is one of her earlier books (I think). A crime thriller set in the UK. It was only OK, I kept getting irritated with the main character and her decisions, mainly because she was far more calm and collected than I would have been under the same circumstances!
Sushipink
Disgusting, creepy, freaky. Skipped most of it as implausible, irritating, and frankly insulting to survivors of rape and sexual assault. A really horrible book. The author clearly thinks she's being 'provocative' when she's really just regurgitating misogynistic rape fantasies. Some work to do in therapy I think.
Jane
Apr 19, 2007 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Just realised, when into chapter 3, that I read this in 2004! It WAS good but clearly not that memorable. Its a tense psychological thriller. I think it must have been one of Sarah Dunant's earlier books since I thought the writing was not nearly as strong as in the Birth of Venus.
Amy
Despite all the negative reviews I felt this book was well written and kept me guessing long enough to ride it out to the end. I loved the darkness revealed in the main character, it's not often you get to appreciate the raw crazy raunchiness in the main role. I lived this book.
Anne
I am again highly disturbed by Sarah Dunant's writing. I don't know if I can continue reading this. It's good lit, no doubt, but the events in the story are driving me away. Pretty much what Belle De Jour did to me when I read it.

I am probably just in denial. But whatever.
Melissa
This was an okay read. I loved The Birth of Venus by Dunant, but fail to like anything since that one. This was a grisly read and though it had great suspense, the character wasn't exactly likeable and I didn't really care one way or the other what happened to her.
Whitney
Oct 21, 2014 Whitney rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers
Recommended to Whitney by: Amazon
Shelves: kindle
Although the main topics of this book would make anyone squirm, the author does a great job of drawing you in and keeping you on the edge of your seat. I love a good psychological thriller and this was definitely a book that I would only read in broad daylight.
andy
simultaneously frightening and provocative...it's the sort of thriller that sets the genre on it's head. it's a story within a story, where the writer executes a feminist critique of the primarily male dominated genre of hard-boiled fiction...it was fascinating.
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