Welcome at my review for Praise her, Praise Diana. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Call it life imitating art—author Maggie Edwards publishes a chapter of a book detailing seduction, murder and castration by a protagonist named Diana, and suddenly a woman code-named Diana begins to mimic her actions in real time. Women who have been abused find Diana to be an inspirational figure, and begin to fight back in her name. Soon violence erupting throughout New York City threatens to spiral out of control. As the police try desperately to identify Diana, Maggie’s high-powered lawyer, Jane Larson, finds herself at the center of an investigation that threatens to upend the entire world around her.
My first thoughts after finishing this book was: WOW! What a powerful book this is!
It sends a really powerful message about rape and sexism. However I normally don’t read these kind of books and I thought I would give it a go. Some parts or scenes in the book were a bit too graphic in taste for me, but it didn’t do the story any harm.
The understanding on how some women might stand up for their rights and therefore are in the danger zone of taking over the rights and bypassing the law. Thinking they are the law. It highlights that there is a very thin line that can very easily be crossed in views of what is right and what is wrong and how to take justice into your own hands. Pointing at people thinking they are guilty without prove they are.
The main characters where quite some big characters and it had me guessing all the way to the end who this ‘Diana’ was. Although I did had my suspicions on who it was in the beginning, but the book managed to throw me off and point in a different direction which I thought was odd. But it worked! The surprise factor at the end was huge!
However, I wasn’t all too pleased with the ending… I was reading it and thought, what? Wait? What has happened?!? Is this the ending?? But this could be down to more personal views.
I would highly recommend this book, very powerful and feminine book and characters and a storyline which is quite important.
About the Authors
Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have been married for a little over forty years and have produced about twenty books and exactly three children so far. At press-time, they still love their children more.
Their most recent novels have been set in New York City, where they have lived for most of their married lives. Anne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in nineteen sixty-nine, as the fabled Sixties were drawing to a close, she met Ken, who was a student at Haverford College. They don’t like to admit that they met at a college mixer, but there it is!
Together their books include Theft of the Shroud, a novel; Starfinder, a non-fiction book about the stars for children; a series of books on individual names for children (for example Michael’s Book, Elizabeth’s Book, John’s Book, Jennifer’s Book, David’s Book, Amy’s Book); and, most recently, Kate and the Kid, Mind Me, Milady, and Praise Her, Praise Diana, three adult novels, and a middle reader/tween novel, Things Are Not What They Seem.
Ken and Anne have a website with the address set out below. There they have links to some of their books and display images that they hope will be used in future efforts. In case you were wondering about the website address, “R” is for Rothman, “H” is for Hicks, and 71 is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere. Sorry.
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