Red Dress, Apr 2003, 12.95, 320 pp.
Upset with her boyfriend for caring for his music writing more than she, Jo leaves Dan figuring he would come after her after he pined away for her for awhile. However, Jo quickly learns that her body has not had time to turn cold before he shacks with up with his neighbor Aisling.
With no prospects and, horror of horrors, her father is now living with her, Jo decides to reengineer her personality, but only over the Internet. She creates a different Jo dubbed Sarah and soon exchanges email with Dan because she is a fan of his work. Jo realizes that her web of deception can only cause trouble, but like a drug addict she can't stop what she is doing. In fact she lives for her next fix, Dan's responses to her messages.
Once the reader accepts that Jo is an “intelligent moron”, they will enjoy this lighthearted caper. The story line is amusing due to a great secondary cast that brings vivid eccentric color to a neighborhood while either abetting, encouraging, or impeding Jo's endeavor. No one will feel remorse if they spend a few hours enjoying Jo's secret identity, as many in the audience would take immense delight in doing the same thing.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner