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A Dark-Adapted Eye
A Dark-Adapted Eye
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent One of her very best, 12 Nov. 2015
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Excellent One of her very best. This 1980's,work is a psychological thriller under her own name- not Barbara Vine. It takes place in the ,1940's in a small village in Essex /Suffolk border. Faith Longley is child at the start of the war living London with her parents. Her parents send her stay with her Aunts, Vera and Eden in their cottage,in Great Sindon to escape the war. The entire story is narrated by Faith as a adult looking back on a complicated compelling mystery with her aunts at the center. There are alot of characters but well worth reading. Highly recommended.


The Green Road: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
The Green Road: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special, 20 Aug. 2015
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I gave up on her Man Booker prize book 'The Gathering' and couldn't get through it. I thought I would give her another chance. I did manage to finish The Green Road but found her characters boring and the story line clumsy, hard to follow and yes-boring.


Elizabeth is Missing
Elizabeth is Missing
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3.0 out of 5 stars A story of two halves, 2 Aug. 2015
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This is a well written book . Maud, the main character is in her 80's and suffering from dementia. The author captures the utter confusion overtaking Maud . We see her painful efforts trying to make sense out of her increasingly chaotic mind. She relies on notes in her pockets and placed around her house, telling her what to do and what not to do. . This story is fascinating and very well told. The second story interwoven in the plot is a mystery. Maud believes her friend Elizabeth is missing and this becomes a confusing obsession for Maud. Within this storyline, we discover that Maud's older sister Sukey was also missing in the years after the war.The story keeps shifting between Maud's search for Elizabeth and her memories of her sister's disappearance with a whole new cast of characters from that era. This is where the book fails in my view as the plot becomes complicated and somewhat tedious. The ending is an anti climax. I think the book is worth reading but I'm afraid it loses its way as it progresses.


The Pumpkin Eater (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Pumpkin Eater (Penguin Modern Classics)
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found this book difficult to follow. I had ..., 25 July 2015
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I found this book difficult to follow. I had to read the dialogue more than once to clarify which character was speaking. I was aware before reading this that the author was writing about her marriage to John Mortimer and his affair with Wendy Craig which perhaps was not clear to the reader of 1961. I expected to get more out of this book than I did. I probably wouldn't download another of Penelope Mortimer's books based on this one.


Crampton Hodnet
Crampton Hodnet
by Barbara Pym
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem, 13 April 2015
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One of her best, if not the best I have read. Funny and witty. Although it was written in 1939 it is not dated. Based on this, I am going to re read all her other books. Highly recommended.


One Across, Two Down
One Across, Two Down
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2.0 out of 5 stars An early book and not very good, 18 Nov. 2014
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Ruth Rendell is one of my favourite authors but..... since this was one of her earliest books I will forgive her. It is very dated and the language is awkward and doesn't flow. I couldn't finish it. Not a typical Rendell book. Don't judge her by this one.


No Night is Too Long
No Night is Too Long
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very unusual subject and setting, 27 Oct. 2014
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Be prepared for a complete departure for Barbara Vine, aka Ruth Rendell. The settings are Alaska, Seattle ,and the Suffolk Coast. The main character is a gay man who is described as looking like a young Robert Redford. This is a psychological thriller. The main character, Tim, is writing a personal diary describing the extraordinary events taking place in his life. It would be difficult to say more about this book without spoiling it for readers. It is a cliché to say it is a page turner but that would be the best description .There are many twists and turns and a surprise ending. This is a well written thriller and I would urge Ruth Rendell readers to buy this book. It stays in your mind for quite awhile. Highly recommended.


Hairdressers Single Tap Shampoo Hose Attachment
Hairdressers Single Tap Shampoo Hose Attachment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Oct. 2014
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very good. does the job. couldn't find this in any shop, so very pleased.


The Girl Next Door
The Girl Next Door
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and Gripping Story., 25 Sept. 2014
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Very unusual and gripping story. A secret murder has been committed in Loughton, Essex in 1944. This story follows the consequences of that murder through 60 years, on the lives of the children who played in the tunnel or 'quanat' as they called it,where a grisly discovery was made at the time. We know about the murder in the beginning of the book, The book begins in 1944 during the war. Most of the storyline, however, concerns the lives of those children now. The characters are now in their 70's, 80's and even 90's. Ruth Rendell's characters come to life vividly and even though they are old, they are still passionate, articulate people who we do care about. The murder is unfinished business which has stayed in the minds of the characters throughout their lives. One of the children, motherless Michael Winwood is the son of the mysterious John' aka' Woody Winwood,who sends him away as a 6 year old child to be looked after by a distant relative and then disappears himself. We follow Michael and the other main characters Alan and Rosemary who met in the 'quanat' and are now married, Daphne Jones, the femme fatale who has been married 3 times, and several others whose lives did not work out as they perhaps intended. I found this a fascinating story. Highly recommended.


Almost English
Almost English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Disappointment, 8 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Almost English (Kindle Edition)
I loved 'When we were Bad'. This book was so disappointing that it was hard to believe it was written by the same author. The plot was excruciatingly slow and ponderous. The characters were unbelievable and unsympathetic. I trudged on with the book in the hopes it would get better but it did not get better. The ending was abrupt and left most questions raised in the plot unanswered. Don't bother with this one.


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