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5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Read
More than a mystery this is a gothic chiller with a modern twist. Even more than 40 years after it was written, it still holds its spell. Helen Clarvoe is being stalked by a female psycho, who might or might-not be a childhood friend. Meanwhile Evelyn Merrick (or someone who claims to be her) is closing in on Helen, a wealthy heiress absconded in a hotel in L.A...
Published on 22 Jun 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Nasty
Very well written but unpleasantly nasty to the point of being unconvincing. Other of her crime stories are much more enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Read, 22 Jun 1999
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More than a mystery this is a gothic chiller with a modern twist. Even more than 40 years after it was written, it still holds its spell. Helen Clarvoe is being stalked by a female psycho, who might or might-not be a childhood friend. Meanwhile Evelyn Merrick (or someone who claims to be her) is closing in on Helen, a wealthy heiress absconded in a hotel in L.A.
Who's the hunter? Who's the prey?
This horrifying story will grab you and won't let go till the gory, devastating and haunting conclusion... but do not peek! The narrative will take you there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A study of insanity, 8 Jan 2010
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Paul Blackshear is a 50 year old semi-retired 'investment counsellor' who is finding that in life 'nothing was new anymore'. When Helen. a long-standing wealthy client and widower asks for his help to stop nuisance calls, Paul jumps at the chance to 'do something better than collecting stamps'. The source of the calls is Helen's erstwhile childhood pal Evelyn Merrick who is intimidating several other family and friends with bizarre threats.

As Evelyn's behaviour becomes more deranged Paul is convinced she has a 'multiple personality disorder' but can he stop her as she stalks her prey like a beast in view?

This is a very spooky 1950's crime thriller set in Los Angeles. However there are several oddly English, or at least non-American, phrases and idioms which tend to betray Ms Millar's Canadian roots. It is also very racy for its time with Helen's brother open to bribery following 'some highly exaggerated incident in the locker room' and a shocking sexual assault on Helen by a gross lesbian masseuse.

One cover reviewer describes this novel as 'a conjuring trick'. There is a trick but it is one I did not foresee and much credit to Ms Millar for that. It is a crime novel rather than a 'whodunnit'.

There is some excellent descriptive writing on insanity as the abusive telephone calls escalate from the womb-like security of the phone booth. Evelyn's behaviour becomes more intimidating as she tells passers-by that she is 'waterproof' and listens to 'the clicking in my mind'.

The book is slightly dated and could have been even braver at the finish. It is relatively short, no padding, no fat but quite seedy and racy. It may be a conjuring trick and I applaud Ms Millar as the magician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange....in a good way, 20 April 2014
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This review is from: Beast In View (Kindle Edition)
I love discovering books like this, by authors I've never read.

The Beast in View puts into mind the thriller heydays of Hitchcock, 50's America. Their is a terrfying undertone in this book, similiar to 'The Birds' in the early part of the film.

Written in a sparse style the book builds on atmosphere and it works by trying not to be too smart with the plot, working more on the character.

Read !!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nasty, 10 Jun 2013
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Very well written but unpleasantly nasty to the point of being unconvincing. Other of her crime stories are much more enjoyable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beast in view, 27 Nov 2012
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A very well written psychological detective novel with a final twist which is unexpected but fair A good novel to read in bed on a winter's evening.
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