Praise Her, Praise Diana

Fiction - Thriller - General
308 Pages
Reviewed on 11/24/2014
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Reviewed by Amanda Monell for Readers' Favorite

Praise Her, Praise Diana by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks is a book which has two realities, one of the anti-hero Diana and the second of her creator Maggie Edwards. Maggie Edwards is sitting in a business meeting where she is being pressured for a sequel to a best selling novel to publish as a feature in a magazine. What she offers in lieu of the sequel is a book titled Diana. As the meeting progresses, an email surfaces, with detailed photos of a crime scene similar to what was described in the book. What was originally thought to be a public relations push for the new book turned out to be reality. As the book progresses, Diana becomes less of a monster and becomes more of a goddess, with ardent followers from housewives to extreme feminist groups. Diana’s prey become afraid as they are physically and verbally assaulted all in her name. The second reality is chapters from Maggie’s book detailing Diana’s brutal assault and why she is seeking justice.

Praise Her, Praise Diana by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks is a masterfully crafted book where two realities are twisted into a gorgeous piece of art. Although there is more violence in Maggie’s reality, Diana’s reality details one brutal attack on a microscopic level. On top of which, as you progress through the book, you are constantly wondering who the real Diana is, and on a more philosophical level you are left wondering who the real victims are.

Viga Boland

If you judged a book only by the photos of its authors, you'd be surprised at Praise Her, Praise Diana. The remarkable husband/wife writing team of Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks just doesn't look like folks who would churn out such a violent, graphic psychological thriller. But thrilling and chilling Praise Her, Praise Diana most definitely is. But Praise Her, Praise Diana is not just a whodunit. It's a lot more complex, even in its structure. You see, Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks give readers two stories in one. One of the prime protagonists, Maggie, is an author with a dark secret. We read the book she's writing while simultaneously reading her own story. This could become difficult to follow in less skillful hands, but the authors handle it beautifully, bringing both stories to violent, but satisfying and natural conclusions.

Doubly thrilling is the excellence of the writing. The story is superbly constructed and told in an easy-to-read style by two authors who really know how to write. How refreshing to not hit a single grammatical error. How satisfying to be able to really enjoy an author's style. And how pleasing to be kept in suspense, trying to figure out, along with the police force, just who is brutally mutilating and slicing off men's genitals. Pure vigilante revenge, presumably at the hands of a violated woman, keeps one turning the pages. The first thing I did on finishing Praise Her, Praise Diana, was hurry over to Amazon to see what other books Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks have written. I was delighted to find one titled Mind Me, Milady. It too looks like a riveting psychological thriller so you can bet I will read this remarkable writing duo's other book. If it is anything akin to Praise Her, Praise Diana, I will be turning the pages of that book soon!

Matthew Peters

Praise Her, Praise Diana by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks tells the story of Jane Larson, a Manhattan lawyer, whose newest client is an author. Unable to write the sequel to her popular first book, Maggie Edwards pens a gruesome tale of revenge murders for a hideous rape. But when copycat killings start to happen throughout the city, the line between fact and fiction is blurred. Will the identity of the killer be discovered before it is too late?

This extremely well written book grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you do anything but read until you’ve reached the end. The characters are drawn with a deft hand, and the settings are described in perfect, lyrical detail. The pacing is stupendous, as you tear through the pages in an effort to discover the killer’s identity.

I really didn’t want this book to end, and for me, with a huge TBR list, that is saying something. Rarely does a book capture my imagination and hold my attention as this one did. If I could give it six stars, I would. I can’t wait to read more from this highly talented husband and wife duo. Kudos to the authors on a remarkable job!