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"Combining potent imagery and exquisite plotting, Rendell twists the knife of suspense in a wonderfully excruciating way." (Booklist)
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By Yennta on 09-21-07
One of Her Best
More like a Barbara Vine book (that's good!), it is absolutely terrific, gripping, suspenseful, with wonderful characters. I'm a Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine fan. Obviously the previous reviewer found out he/she is not. For fans, my favorite is still The Tree of Hands. Because there are strong elements of hilarity. This is more sombre, but it still has a lot of sidelong winks in it for a perceptive reader. L.
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By Marian on 05-22-10
Not Vine's best but still an excellent novel
First, the reader is excellent. Second, the story is interesting. I'm a Barbara Vine fan. I know to expect strangeness to permeate every page. And generally I love her characters' eccentricities. However, I found that I never felt attached to any of the characters in this novel. So it dragged for me. The story lines in this novel were a bit confusing in the audio version, because the audio is edited to allow no pauses.
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