Suzanne convinces her underage lover to kill for her and he does so willingly. She teams up with the lover, his friend and a lonely, overweight girl who has not found her niche among her peers.
Suzanne did some incredibly stupid things. For example, she videotapes the kids hanging out at her house after her husband is killed; she has sex with the young boy while the girl waits downstairs. It is like she wants to be caught and is waiting to be called on her bizarre behavior.
Joyce Maynard did a sterling job of telling this story and it is an honor to her writing prowess that this work reappeared in movie form with a very stellar cast.
Joyce Maynard is here to stay. I have loved her works since I was in high school and many of her articles have appeared in TV Guide and other mainstream magazines. She really has a flair for place, voice and character development.