Asta's Book Paperback – 27 Jul 2006
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About the Author
Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. Viking have published all her previous novels, including A Dark-Adapted Eye, which won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.
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Though married to a man who spent a great deal of time away from home on business and with whom she seemed to have little in common, she added two more children to her family, daughters, Swanny, her favorite, and Maria, the youngest. Asta's lyrically written journals would chronicle her life, her struggles as an immigrant, her hopes and dreams, and her adoration of Swanny. They would also tantalizingly hint at a secret that would, ultimately, impact on her daughter, Swanny, later in life.
Over seventy years later, those diaries, all forty nine of them, would be discovered and become a publishing sensation and a bestseller. Within its many pages would lie the missing pieces to a turn of the century murder mystery and the leads to the whereabouts of a missing child, as well as tantalizing clues to the puzzling circumstances surrounding Swanny's birth. This information would lie dormant until nearly a century after Asta first put pen to paper, when Asta's granddaughter, Maria's daughter Ann, would review the diaries and discover not only the secret of Swanny's birth, but the identity of a missing child, as well as that of a killer, who nearly a century earlier had butchered two women.
This is a book well worth reading, and one that will command the reader's attention until the very last page is turned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best Vine books I have read, gripping and interesting, shame the author is no longer with us!Published 1 month ago by Ellie
Barbara Vine is a great author and this is one of her best. For me the mystery is secondary, i enjoyed the humour and secrets of the characters in both the past and present.Published on 14 Sept. 2013 by Chris92
The book is very good, but I would not choose to read this genre normally. I have now tried this author and will not be reading her work again.Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by Tricia
I bought this book in 1993, and now nearly twenty years later have just read it for the second time. Read morePublished on 11 April 2012 by Troy Beal
Asta's Book is enjoyable on several levels, not least the style and use of language which set this apart from a 'standard crime novel'. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2010 by CJ
This is a beautifully written, well-nuanced novel of mystery and suspense that seamlessly moves between the past and the present. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2003 by lawyeraau