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Berman, Paul. Review of Set in Motion, by Valerie Martin. Harper's 257, No. 1538 (July 1978): 88-9.
Discusses characterization in Set in Motion.
Dunn, Katherine, "Cat-Scratch Fever." Book World—The Washington Post (13 March 1994): 6.
Review of The Great Divorce. Comparing the novel to Mary Reilly, Dunn notes Martin's focus on "humanity's dark side."
Gates, David. "What the Maid Saw." Newsweek CXV, No. 11 (12 March 1990): 90.
Gives a brief synopsis of Mary Reilly, favorably commenting on the novel's plot and theme.
Goldstein, Richard. "Visitation Rites." VLS (October 1987): 7-9.
Analyzes Martin's thematic focus on epidemics and obsession in A Recent Martyr in light of the AIDS crisis.
Jefferson, Margo. "Helpless Helene." Newsweek XCII, No. 4 (24 July 1978): 82.
Mixed assessment of Set in Motion.
Kafarowski, Joanna. "Fidelity and Innocence Defiled." Belles Lettres 7, No. 1 (Fall 1991): 30-1.
Compares the servant character of Mary Reilly in Mary Reilly to that of Elizabeth Wilson in Margaret Forster's Lady Maid, a novel about Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Kafarowski argues that both novels "offer the reader a unique re-visioning of classic texts."
Pall, Ellen. "Dr. Jekyll's Housemaid." Chicago Tribune (4 February 1990): 5.
Mixed review in which the critic discusses the characters found in both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mary Reilly as well as those unique to the latter.
Watson, Christine. Review of Mary Reilly, by Valerie Martin. West Coast Review of Books 15, No. 2 (February 1989): 24.
Relates plot and characterization of Mary Reilly, noting that "Martin has not changed the familiar tale [of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde], only retold it through a fresh perspective and so made it, in a way, her own."
Review of Set in Motion, by Valerie Martin. West Coast Review of Books 4, No. 5 (September 1978): 32-3.
Favorably comments on the plot of Set in Motion.