In Savage Lane, Jason Starr has crafted a searing tale of suspense that proves the adage: Love thy neighbor, but don t pull down your hedge. Karen Daily, recently divorced, lives with her two kids in a quaint suburb of New York City. Read more...
In Savage Lane, Jason Starr has crafted a searing tale of suspense that proves the adage: Love thy neighbor, but don t pull down your hedge. Karen Daily, recently divorced, lives with her two kids in a quaint suburb of New York City. She s teaching at a nearby elementary school, starting to date again, and for the first time in years has found joy in her life. Mark Berman, Karen s friend and neighbor, wants out of his unhappy marriage, and so does his wife, Deb, but they have stayed together for the sake of their children.
Unbeknownst to Karen, while Mark s marriage has deteriorated his obsession with her has grown. And as Mark s rich fantasy life takes on a more sinister edge, rumors begin to spread about Karen and a bigger secret is uncovered. And soon Karen finds that Mark is not the only one who has taken an undesired interest in her
Jason Starr is one of our most accomplished writers of the darkness that lies within the human heart, and Savage Lane is his most riveting and intimate novel yeta dark, domestic thriller and an honest, searing satire of a declining marriage, suburban life, and obsessive love.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-03
- Reviewer: Staff
A surfeit of toxic behavior surrounds the aptly named Savage Lane in a supposedly idyllic Westchester, N.Y., suburb, the setting for this creepy—not in a good way—domestic suspense novel from Anthony Award–winner Starr (The Craving). Mark Berman, a 44-year-old Citibank systems analyst, is so besotted with neighbor Karen Daily, the local hot divorcée, that he fails to notice that her interest in him doesn’t extend beyond friendship. Or that his alcoholic, jealous wife, Deb, has been carrying on a highly dangerous affair for two years. Starr has some startling plot twists up his sleeve, beginning about a third of the way through after a murder ratchets up the stakes. But he doesn’t give the reader much of anyone to root for, except Karen and late-arriving Det. Larry Walsh, who has his own issues. Too much of the book feels like watching middle-aged moms Karen and Deb engaging in a name-calling, wrestling-on-the-ground cat fight—somewhat titillating but ultimately just uncomfortable and sad. (Oct.)