When Lizzie and Bell meet for tea after nearly two decades apart, the topic of conversation is murder - one that Bell herself committed
When Elizabeth Vetch spots Bell for the first time in 17 years, she chases her down in order to learn why her old friend committed a terrible murder all those years ago. Bell has been in prison ever since the mysterious events that took place at the House of Stairs, a London mansion full of over-privileged, overstuffed, and somewhat sinister boarders, landed her there. Now it’s up to Lizzie to put together the pieces of her friend’s - and her own - fateful past.
As the story behind Bell’s crime unfolds, master of suspense Barbara Vine keeps readers guessing at the victim and the motive, letting the sword of Damocles hang over the heads of a fascinating and richly drawn cast of characters.
“An unputdownable thriller.” (The Sunday Telegraph)
“Barbara Vine is a master practitioner of the genre in which we are not certain until the end what the crime was.” (The New York Times Book Review)
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Such an irritating reader
As a rule, I enjoy Ruth Rendell
The reader sounds like a short-winded smoker!
I can't even finish the first chapter because of the reader
Yes, I would like to return this audiobook
- bonnie m hascup
Would rather have read it.
Ruth Rendell, yes. Annie Wauters, no.
Her reading was very measured with a little pause between each word, like she was aiming at an audience of octogenarians. And why didn't they pick an English reader??
Stop reading it...but I persevered.
This novel was all tarnished glitz, unconvincing character development, and it appeared that by the end, even the author was bored with it, but not to say I want go back and buy and listen to some of her earlier work. Ruth Rendell is a wonderful writer, but this is not her best work.