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For two years, Walter Stackhouse has been a faithful and supportive husband to his wife, Clara. But she is distant and neurotic, and Walter finds himself harboring gruesome fantasies about her demise. When Clara's dead body turns up at the bottom of a cliff in a manner uncannily resembling the recent death of a woman who was murdered by her husband, Walter finds himself under intense scrutiny. He commits several blunders that claim his career and his reputation, cost him his friends, and eventually threaten his life.
The Blunderer examines the dark obsessions that lie beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary people. With unerring psychological insight, Patricia Highsmith portrays characters who cross the precarious line separating fantasy from reality.
©2015 Patricia Highsmith (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 12-09-16


Not even close to the depth and layering of Ripley - I would pass in favor something by Kepnes

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3 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 12-07-15

Remiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's tales

This narrator seemed to drone. I finally gave up. Zzzzzzzzzz. The storyline was potentially interesting. The narration was not.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Moneypenny on 09-23-17

gripping story with eerie realistic characters.

although set in the 50s it feels like the turn of events could happen today. yet again Highsmith. has been able to get into the heads of her characters to wonderful effect. it was such an enjoyable read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-15-17


As always with Highsmith, expertly constructed and full of acute psychological observation. But all of the characters are so unlikeable. A truly misanthropic book with an utterly depressing ending.

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