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This is one long and very tedious rant of a mad man. Nothing happens. Nothing is even curious. I like this author, too. I doggedly waded through the entire thing hoping it would be very clever like other books of hers. Total disappointment, waste of time and money.
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Listened with intent. Just wish RR had introduced other voices. There is an interesting cast of characters. Listening to Guy's well written, but ultimately too repetitive ravings, begged for some relief.
Good story as are all Ruth Rendell for me. But i found the narration too strident and harsh. Not easy to listen too.
As well as reading the print edition in the past, I believe that I've also seen a TV adaptation of this novel. Both were entertaining.
Guy Curran: a successful, wealthy, if not shady, businessman from West London remains obsessed with his teenaged sweetheart, Leonora, whom he still meets for a Saturday lunch, once a week. When Leonora rebuffs his declarations of love and falls for another man, Guy's jealously overwhelms his existence.
Yes, it's typical psychological Rendell - London location: check; psychopathic central character: check; underworld connections: check. It's good though and having being written in the late 19 80s, really encapsulates the urban zeitgeist.
The narrator, Dermot Crowley, was flexible and talented. A great listen.