A nice story, Chick Lit with a twist, since the heroine’s story is told in associations that emerge in a tarot reading. It feels more like light fiction than the autobiography that it is. It won’t matter if you’re not a believer or even aware of the tarot. The tarot reader Iris offers a brief interpretation of each card and sits back as Kimberlee thinks about what these mean in the context of her own life.
The story weaves in and out of Kimberlee’s relationships, with her lovers and her family. Her metamorphosis from lovestruck innocent into dependent depressive comes across in a realistic and powerful way. Each relationship intensifies issues from her childhood, something that she realizes only when she makes the connections during the tarot reading. Delving through her memories, she uncovers deeper feelings of abuse, manipulation, betrayal and finally acceptance.
The Devil and the Lovers are not the only two cards in her reading; not even the most important (each of them brings up a turning point in her life so all of them are important). I guess she picked the two of them because they sounded good in a title. If you are a tarot enthusiast, this book may be light entertainment.