A rather chilling study of Arlette, an elderly woman who has been jealous of her sister Yvonne (apparently more introverted, but luckier in love) since both were young. Meeting the handosme Arthur on a cruise may be just what Arlette needs to come out on top once and for all. Parkhurst’s tale is neatly done, with Arlette’s character emerging stringly from her voice as well as her actions.

Rating: ***½

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