"What was it to love someone, what was love exactly, and why did it end or not end?"
I wanted to read this before seeing the Cate Blanchett helmed adaptation that is soon to hit the screens. As with the Ripley stories, Highsmith's writing is a delight as she explores this love story that cannot be.
Is Therese merely in the grip of a school girl crush on the sophisticated Carol, as her boyfriend would have her believe, or do they really have something? Life will conspire to ensure that this unlikely pairing will have drastic ramifications. Terry is so frustrating in her youthful insistence on disregarding anything but her intense feelings, particularly when Carol is initially so distant and appears to treat Terry as merely the latest novelty. Carol's friend, Abby, cuts a sad figure throughout.
Ultimately this is an intriguing tight novel which is certainly worth a read and I'm interested to see how the adaptation works out. I imagine they will amp up the sexual relationship which is muted and hinted at more than anything in the novel.
4 out of 5 doomed love affairs are everywhere.