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Powerful Tale of Difficult Choices,
This review is from: The Devil's Music (Hardcover)
The Devil's Music
Jane Rusbridge writes with great skill - revealing the deep and often dark secrets of a family that must struggle with more than its fair share of difficulties, tests and choices. The characters are finely drawn and fully developed so that we are allowed to see their trials from their perspective as she takes turns letting them carry the story forward. She brings events and moods to life in a painterly fashion, her control of language and its nuances being really quite exceptional.
The novel explores family tensions and turmoil in a vivid and often troubling manner as the adults wrestle with demons and disappointments that disrupt the lives of the children. Years after the horrific events of the first chapter, the children, now grown, are still trying to manage the emotional damage that ensued. Rusbridge reveals their adult difficulties with compassion while gradually revealing some surprising twists to the family's story that settle some of the mysteries that have hovered throughout the early chapters.
I look forward to more novels by Jane Rusbridge. She has a rare talent for character, psychology, mood and scene.