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5.0 out of 5 stars very readable., 3 Jan 2004
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S. Hapgood "www.sjhstrangetales.com" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gallowglass (Paperback)
I would argue that this is one of the best of the Barbara Vine thrillers, simply because it is fast-moving and the characters are so immensely intriguing. Young Joe is an impressionable lad, and when the shifty Sandor tells him, after saving his life, that his life now belongs to him he believes him. Largely this is Joe longing to escape from his bleak home life. Sandor has a ulterior motive in all this though, he is obsessed with a rich married woman, and has played a dark part in her life a few years before. What makes this book good is Joe's version of things, and his pathetic wish to win Sandor's approval, even though Sandor, at best, treats him like a dog. Vine/Rendell is often at her best when writing about disturbed young men, society's misfits, and this is done to great effect here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top rate thriller, 4 April 2011
This review is from: Gallowglass (Paperback)
This is the best Barbara Vine novel I have read so far. All the characters work well and the story is as gripping as you would expect from the author. Fans of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine should not be disppointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking, tense, brilliantly written, 26 July 2004
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sam155 (Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gallowglass (Paperback)
I am a big fan of all of the Barbara Vine books and this is no exception. From the first page it is impossible to put it down. Sandor is obsessive and dark, and yet at the same time the reader can understand why Joe is so drawn to his magnetic charisma. His obsession unfolds in flashback and present day until what you think is going to be the end of the tale. The terror of the "Princess" is palpable throughout, and with the depth and intensity of Sandor's obsession with her, this is understandable. A cracking read, but be warned, you won't want to be distracted from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Yet Disturbing Tale, 26 Jan 2014
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Kay (Cheshire) - See all my reviews
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Starting a little slowly, then this dramatic tale picks up the pace and has the reader constantly worrying at the possible fate of the main characters. A lonely, disturbed young man whose life is saved on his attempted suicide, develops a crush on his saviour that drags him ever further into the planning of a major crime. Or is it? The peices of this jigsaw fall slowly into place along with emotional ties that bond characters together. A brilliant tale in which the frailties of humanity are shown and tested.
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