Monday, November 14, 2011

REVIEW: The Identity by Kristina Villarini

The Identity is an interesting story of a woman exploring herself and discovering her sexuality. Kate is a slightly cynical, sharp-witted woman who is attractive, but not in the traditional feminine way. More tomboy than butch, she’s an honest, open woman who tends to project an aura of being untouchable.

Much of the story revolves around a night out with a coworker, the beautiful (and wholly feminine) Samantha, when ends rather accidentally at a lesbian bar. There, Kate finds herself unintentionally chatting up a beautiful woman, with their amusing verbal interplay leading them both to the dance floor. From there, it’s back to Kate’s apartment, where some experimentation takes place, but where the intimacy remains largely off the page.

It’s an engaging story, well-told, with some wonderfully natural dialogue. The pacing is just about perfect, once Kate gets us out of the office, and there’s just enough tension to keep things interesting. There’s a feeling of a dark cloud hovering over much of the story, which foreshadows the sad uncertainty of the ending, but that’s not a criticism – it fits well with Kate’s life, and plays well with her character. Definitely worth a read, and one that will leave you unable to resist the temptation to find out what happens next.

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