but I'm a huge fan of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine and have read (most) everything she has published in the last 30 years. I think she is a true master and I especially enjoy the novels under the Barbara Vine pseudonym.
However, (and I admit I'm only a third of the way through it), I have found this to be the most plodding, didactic, and just plain hard to read book of hers in years, if ever. While I enjoy my novels to be educational, I feel that I'm being lectured to. I find the family tree business to be difficult to keep straight in my mind (thus, constantly referring to the family trees in the front of the book).
The writing, as usual, is excellent. But, at least for me, in this case, a little less would yield a lot more. It's just not a page turner for me and I have found many reasons to read other books rather than return to this which, unfortunately, feels more like a chore to me.
Granted, this is the first time I've ever posted a review on Amazon.com. I read like a fiend and was curious as to what others thought because of my disappointment. The glowing reviews pushed me over the edge to write.