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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (19 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743450906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743450904
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Rayne's first novel was published in 1982, and for several years she juggled writing books with working in property, pounding an elderly typewriter into the small hours in order to meet deadlines.
Much of the inspiration for her dark psychological thrillers comes from the histories and atmospheres of old buildings, a fact that is strongly apparent in many of her settings - Mortmain House in A Dark Dividing, Twygrist Mill in Spider Light, and the Tarleton Theatre in Ghost Song.
She has written more than 25 books to date, and her work has met with considerable acclaim, with Tower of Silence being long-listed for the 2005 Theakston's Award. Her books are also published in America, as well as having been translated into German, Dutch, Russian and Turkish.
In 2011 she published the first of a series of ghost-themed books, featuring the Oxford don, Michael Flint, and the antiques dealer, Nell West, who made their debut in Property of a Lady.
Several years ago Sarah also wrote six contemporary horror books, originally under the pen-name of Frances Gordon and recently re-issued in e-Book format.
To find out more about Sarah Rayne, visit her website or YouTube channel, or follow her on Facebook -
www.sarahrayne.co.uk
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"'She has a crisp and intelligent style, and a real way with tension' MO HAYDER 'Clever and atmospheric... a compelling read' Good Book Guide 'When you get halfway through, you won't be able to stop... The varied cast of characters are so well-drawn that they get under your skin long before you reach the grippig climax' Big Issue 'Equal parts Daphne du Maurier, Josephine Tey and Ruth Rendell, Rayne possesses superb storytelling skills' US Mystery Guild 'If your taste runs to psychological thrillers with complicated and riveting plotlines, you will love Sarah Rayne... Fast-moving action with unpredictable twists' Sussex Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sarah Rayne is the pseudonym of a well-known British author who has written several highly-praised novels. She lives in Staffordshire.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb 2010
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I just loved this book. Ordered off amazon after reading the reviews and they were spot on. The story intertwines between present and past, always a winner for me. This is done extremely well as there are a number of characters involved. I don't usually like far fetched stories but there was so much intrigue in this instance I didn't mind.

There are inconsistancies in the use of speech, mobiles, opening bank accounts etc. but with such a rattling good yarn these are soon forgotton.

Can't wait to read more Sarah Rayne books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JM VINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2008
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This is the third of Sarah Rayne's books I have read and she never ceases to amaze me with her fantastic plots, and interweaving storylines, always set in different timescales, in this book, around the early 1900's, the 1980's and the present day. It jumps from one period to another flowingly, with a whole host of interesting characters, in particular I loved reading about the villain of the book, a very disturbed and warped person. The author is amazingly clever with her ideas, the bit about the fire and the bodies in it (not giving anything away here) was excellent.
I loved this book and have loved her others, and am looking forward to reading the remaining ones. Highly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AnnaEsse on 31 July 2005
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I had not heard of this author and ordered the book from my book club because it was a bargain.
A very complex novel, with layer upon layer of lives inter-linked through almost a century. The author keeps the reader guessing about the nature of the connectedness of the characters. Just when you think you have worked out the details, Rayne very subtly changes the whole scenario.
Research seems to have been good and most of the historical details, as far as I can see are appropriate to the times. There are a few little niggles for me, though. It is early 1980s when one of the characters sets up in a rented cottage in the Norfolk countryside and she buys the cheapest mobile phone she could find. Where? At that time, "mobile," phones were mostly car phones and very few people used them. Would there have been an adequate network coverage in the Norfolk countryside in the early 1980s?
The character also does not want to apply for a credit or debit card. I don't think debit cards were widely available at that time.
The last of my, "niggles," is that the character writing her diaries in the early 1900s keeps going in and out of a particular way of speaking. Her language is not consistent. She is a middle-class lady of that time, who sometimes seems to go into later 20th Century speech.
Having said all this, and I think the editor should have picked up on the details about mobile phones and debit cards, this is a good read and I have been kept awake by this book, telling myself, just to the end of the chapter, and half an hour later, I am still reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leeds lass on 28 July 2008
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This really is a gripping read. I have read one other book of this author`s and i will definately read more. I love the way she can intertwine past and present with apparently no interruption at all - the flow is incredible. As another reviewer says there are a few errors - the moblie phone etc - but they are forgivable because she puts so much into the story. You are actually reading three stories in one with this book - one is a diary written over 100 years ago, the second is from roughly 20 years ago, and the third is the present day - exceptionally clever ! Highly recommended read that will grip you to the last page !
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By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Mar 2009
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I really enjoyed this spooky, supernatural thriller, the first book I've read by Sarah Rayne.

It's set over four timeframes ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. I enjoyed Charlotte's story the most, especially when it veers towards the seedy side of Edwardian life. At first I did find the chopping and changing between the modern stories a bit confusing (Charlotte's are easy to follow as they're written in the form of a diary) but I soon got used to it.

I could see the similarities between the experiences of the two mothers, but it was bugging me that for most of the book I couldn't see the link between the two sets of twins. This is revealed towards the end of the book and I thought it was cleverly done, and when I looked back I could see that the clues had been there all along.

The book had a very gothic feel, but also feels like a fast-paced, modern thriller at times. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne N on 24 Jun 2012
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Started quite well and I had high hopes for this book. Far too long winded in getting to the point though and when it gets there, is a bit of a dissappointment. The ending seemed far-fetched and rushed in comparison to the earlier part of the book, which although a little long winded, did seem to be gearing up to some amazing revelation at the end. However, unfortunately by the time the reader gets to that point, they have probably lost interest to some extent and the storyline descends almost into te realm of fairytales and a rather treacly ending. Potentially a good storyline but not capitlised on. Still worth a read though.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug 2005
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I don't post reviews here very often but I felt I had to for this one - it's so good.
I love stories where the past impinges on the present and this one is a corker. Throw in the fascinating subject of conjoined twins and you have a modern classic. If the rest of Sarah Rayne's work is as good as this then I have some serious reading ahead of me.
Don't hold back. Join the Rayne Revolution.
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