Susan Isaacs Charles J. Keffer - Essay

Charles J. Keffer

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Compromising Positions] is a delightful story for several reasons. First, the story line is interesting and suspenseful. Even when it is clear at the end who committed the murder, an unusual twist appears. Secondly, this is somewhat of a sociological study. The lives of the people of Shorehaven are bared before the reader. The characters who populate this story and the community are varied: from a religious, almost fanatical, Catholic, to the inane, lonely woman who succumbs to Fleckstein's overtures, to Judith Singer herself who finds her life with husband, Bob, and two small children basically uneventful and unexciting. Third, for those who like it, there is a little bit of simple romance. Most importantly, there is a writing style that is witty and creative. There are numerous occasions when Ms. Isaacs uses that unique turn of phrase which is most appropriate for the situation. Some readers may be taken aback slightly by some of the language and by an underlying philosophical orientation which seems to say that everybody's life is theirs to lead as they see fit. On balance, however, it's a book that I would recommend highly. I can't wait for her next one.

Charles J. Keffer, in a review of "Compromising Positions," in Best Sellers, Vol. 38, No. 5, August, 1978, pp. 151-52.