This review appeared in our email on November 26, 2014, which is Ken’s birthday. Nicest present either of us could have gotten.
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.
This is the kind of review that writers wish for in their most high-flown fantasies. We received it this morning for PRAISE HER, PRAISE DIANA.
Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite
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!
Wow! We got another really nice review for our most recent novel, PRAISE HER, PRAISE DIANA. Here it is!
“Well, I’m not quite sure where to start with this review. I am not usually a big fan of co-author novels as I find that they often feel disjointed due to two separate and distinct writing styles, so I approached this book with a little trepidation. However any preconceived notions I had were rapidly dispelled as I was drawn into this novel from the first few chapters and I simply could not put it down.
Maggie a successful author is being forced to write a story about ‘Diana’ a woman taking revenge for all violent acts against women perpetrated by men. However soon the police are involved as ‘Diana’ appears to be a real woman mimicking the fictional acts from Maggie’s story and terrorizing the men of New York. Maggie is hiding a secret of her own, a secret that someone is using to force her to keep writing, despite the nightmare that begins to unfold.
This book is hard hitting and graphic, which caused some uncomfortable reading at times and yet the writing needed to be bold in order to do justice to the story and allow the reader to experience the full horror that the victims know. The characters are well thought out, have depth, and develop during the story. Very well written with twists throughout the novel that kept me guessing right until the very last page. This isn’t a book I would usually pick up to read due to the disturbing themes, however I am glad that I did. My thoughts kept returning to the novel long after I put it down, I could understand ‘Diana’s’ motives and the horrific acts she was undertaking due to the suffering many women have experienced at the hands of men. What would the world be like for men if they felt as vulnerable as women do regarding the fear of being the victim of a sexually violent crime? A thought provoking novel and one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’d recommend this novel to male and female adults however only if you have a strong enough constitution to cope with graphic physical and sexually violent scenes, as undoubtedly this may be a little distressing for some readers.”
The review is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Praise-Her-Diana-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-ebook/dp/B00NVDGCIM