As the story develops, the reader learns why Ashley feels so alone in the world. She is the only child of a world-famous heart surgeon, who is often critical and overbearing. Although Ashley loves her father, she does not necessarily love his company and tries to avoid him. Toni is a provocateur with a penchant for song who suffered a strained relationship with her mother. Alette is a gifted artist who lacks self-confidence. As the novel draws to a conclusion, Ashley, Toni, and Alette are proven to be one in the same.
The reader will not be disappointed with Sheldon’s storytelling upon finishing this book. Sheldon provides a fascinating and precise examination of the different aspects of multiple personality disorder through the characters of Ashley, Toni, and Alette. He expertly draws the reader into his story, just as a fly is drawn into a spider’s web. Although this novel was a great effort, it is not one of Sheldon’s best—as portions of the plot are predictable. Sheldon’s ending, however, does have some panache.