Compelling as ever, but not quite out of Vine's top drawer,
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This review is from: The Child's Child (Hardcover)
We were delighted to see another Barbara Vine on the shelves after quite some time without a new one, and it wasn't long before there was competition over who was allowed to read the book first. It's a clever construction, with a story within a story, the one within being a book rediscovered and explored by characters in the outer story. The book takes the main part of The Child's Child, so much so that the return to the outer story, which at first seemed to be the main one, came as quite a jolt, requiring a little bit of memory to recall its nature. we found the inner story the more compelling of the two, as it had a really interesting plot line, and strong character development, but the return to the outer story and the final pages were a little disappointing and less strong.
Overall, though, this is a good read - Vine remains at the forefront of her field.