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A Dark-Adapted Eye [Mass Market Paperback]

Barbara Vine
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Families July 6 2004
I really enjoyed this book. The characters felt very real, and I felt better about my family after reading about this one. Always a plus. My only complaint is that it would have been fantastic if a family tree had been included. I made one and it definitely helped. Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine is a master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Adaptive Eye Oct. 10 2002
My first time viewing a video with a story by Ruth Rendell. I am not going to go into detail about the literary aspects of the story, but more about my opinion of the characters. I see on the website that Vera is discussed as a very controlling, strange and domineering woman.She seems pretty tame to me. In my opinion, Vera is quilty of nothing more than having an eccentric personality, but so what! If anyone is quilty of madness, it is her sister Eden and her son Francis. It is apparent that these two bad seeds were out to push poor old Vera over the edge. Also, I believe throughout this entire story, that Vera is,in a way, the victim of circumstance. It is apparent to me that the March baby she is accused of killing was not killed by her, but by Mr. March. The only murder Vera is guilty of is her sisters, and I couldn't blame her for killing her. Eden drove Vera to madness. So vera didn't have lots of money and she was a bit eccentric. She gave the baby what he needed most...love and affection, which is something Eden wasn't capable of doing!!
Personally, I do not feel Vera should have been hanged. The murder had not been premeditated. It was a crime of passion and temporary insanity brought on by none other than the emotionally impotent Eden.
And another thing, what about that niece of Vera's. Faith knew what Eden was out to do. Both Faith and her husband knew what Eden was doing was wrong, they should have done something about it. Some how I feel this murder and hanging could have been avoided, if Faith had gotten envolved. And where was Vera's brother John in all of this? Why didn't he get envolved!!?
Ultimately though, Vera should not have been hanged, given the circumstances. If there was an injustice, it was against poor Vera.
Sorry for typos, can't figure out how to use my spelling checker here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who cares? Sept. 9 2002
I was disappointed in the work. Rendell's writing style is wonderful, her vocabulary artful. The problem was that I was not made to care about any of the characters--just superficial snapshots of way too many people to keep track of. The author described and gave detailed background information on at least 20 people who were never again involved in the story. When I finally struggled to the end, the thought I had was, "Who cares?"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good pyschological thriller July 1 2002
If you want a book, where it's a puzzle to find out "whodunnit", then this isn't for you.
Very quickly (within the first 10 pages) you know who is going to be killed by who. The rest of the novel covers the years leading up to that time. It's a fascinating character study, and a slice of life in 1940s England. The characters in the book are forever concealing their motivations, sins, and passions from society as a whole. The narrator struggles to understand her family members, and what caused the murder to take place.
In the end, you will also see that there is a mystery that is left hanging for the reader. Not the one that was revealed on page 10. However, there is another assumption in the book, that you find is not valid, and the solution is never laid out.
This book is slow, as some reviewers have mentioned. The first 50 pages or so take awhile to get moving. I advise you to stick with it, as these characters aren't as one-dimensional as they might originally seem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars As a mystery, only fair June 20 2002
I guess I will be the one who appears to disagree with the majority of reviewers of this book. I will agree with the fact that the story is well written and laid out very well by Vine (Rendell). As a work of literature this is definitely a good book. I however, selected this book because it won an Edgar Award for best mystery and had those expectations. The book moves very slowly. I put it down countless times and read other books in the process. I picked it back up because of the wonderful reviews I had seen on Amazon. (I had not read anything by Ruth Rendell or Barbara Vine to compare the style of this book to her other books. According to a note in the back of the book when Rendell writes as Vine, she writes in an entirely different style.) In the end, I wasn't satisfied as a lover of mysteries with the pace or the outcome of the book.
So if you are looking for a fast paced mystery novel then this is not for you. If your expectation is that of a piece of literature that well depicts a society family in 1940s England, and the dysfunctional nature that they try to conceal and how it affects their lives both then and into the present, then this will not disappoint. Just don't expect this book to go quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific mystery June 18 2002
I think this was my first Barbara Vine book and what a treat. Truthfully the first chapter was a bit hard to follow, Vine sort of throws you into the family history without much preparation but it gets sorted out soon. I couldn't put this book down, it was totally absorbing. So beautifully written it reads more like a memoir than a novel. Really original story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brillant Rendell /Vine Mystery Feb. 10 2002
This is perhaps my favorite, although that is so hard to decide, of Rendell's Vine persona. This plot unravels so mysteriously that it is hard, even at the end, to be sure what you believe. Perhaps Rendell's ultimate skill is to accurately reflect the complexity and ambiguity of human relationships and this book shows off her ability to the max.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun to read nonetheless
Having read most books by Rendell, P.D. James and Elizabeth George I am getting a bit tired of their nearly identical styles and equal and sometimes ludicrous attempts to impress... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous mystery
This is one of the most sophisticated mysteries in years, and intitated a whole series of superior psychological novels from Ruth Rendell under the nom de plume Barbara Vine. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2001 by Jay Dickson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rendell Fan
I have read several books by Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) and have enjoyed most of them. This was pretty good too, other than the fact that I felt she began to drone on towards... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2001 by Marcie
4.0 out of 5 stars Richly Textured
Before I started reading the book, I had had the impression that it would be full of twists and have a shocking, unexpected and revealing ending. Read more
Published on May 25 2001 by xyz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorite books ever!
Okay, I admit it, I'm a big Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell fan, but aside from that, this is my very favorite of all her books. I don't know where to start - just read it! Read more
Published on May 18 2001 by Jeanne E. Legault
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Of all the Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine novels this is my absolute favorite. This book has it all--an intricate plot, sympathetic characters, an ironic twist at the end. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2000 by Suspense Fan
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