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A wise and unsettling tale of the power and poison of love, from the acknowledged queen of the English psychological mystery. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Once again, Ruth Rendell writing as Vine (e.g., No Night Is Too Long, Harmony, 1995) weaves a compelling tale of ordinary people facing extraordinary pressures. Two women, divided by age and class, share their deepest secrets in an English nursing home in which one cares for the other. There is a sense of secrecy from the start, as Jenny Warner tells dying Stella Newland about her love affair and Stella shares with Jenny the location of her secret house. Secrecy gives way to foreboding, and tension builds as details are masterfully revealed. Vine is an extraordinary storyteller, able to enthrall a reader right from the start, as she does here. Additionally, she provides a satisfying symmetry in the construction of this book, with the two women's alternating voices and the inextricable linking of their lives, as Stella dies and Jenny is virtually reborn. This is a marvel?may Vine write many more. Highly recommended.?Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
What a beautiful job Ruth Rendell/Barabara Vine did on this story! Excellent characterization, developed progressively through the narrative as we find out more and more about... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2010 by B. A. Scharf
This is one of the very best thrillers that I have read. An elderly resident of a nursing home, Stella, is befriended by Genevieve,her special carer. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2003 by Beverley Strong
This was the best book I've read in a loooooooong time! I read alot and am quite particular that the books I read have some substance and make you think a bit. Read morePublished on July 29 2002
another marvelous creation from that all time master of mystery, suspense, psychology, and the human heart, barbara vine, aka ruth rendell. Read morePublished on June 15 2002
Jenny/Genevieve Warner is one of the most appealing heroines in contemporary women's fiction. Vine (Ruth Rendell) creates a dark, complex plot that unwinds almost too slowly,... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2000 by Jo Manning
This is the 4th Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine mystery that I've read. I've enjoyed all of them but this one has been the best yet. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 1999