- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 737 KB
- Print Length: 380 pages
- Publisher: Beehive Books; 1st edition (27 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009ISHLYI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Beginning with an episode judged as close to insane, yet revealed later as a deeper sanity it draws in the rationality behind it.
Superficially it follows a simple time weave between Now and Then which alternate until they become a single psychological whole. Antony Ashurst, the principal character, is with very good reasons, a distracted damaged (and emotionally very young) wanderer, who falls down an open manhole and seems lost to view and to reason. 'The Bet' was the leaving of that man-trap open and shepherding him towards it. How he will climb again to the light is uncertain, indeed perilous.
Yet that is far from the book's whole substance, merely the means whereby to examine much larger issues about our world of exploitation, manipulation and acquisition. (And superficiality; he is too good looking for his own good) What is insanity when the innocence of a young man can provide the vulnerable core that almost all see as an opportunity for gain? His innocence is the mirror in which guilt and punishment, justification and complacency are reflected. Like a crystal that provides a different facet to engage each who encounters him, he is so self-effacing he is unconscious of why that happens. Clarity lies in seeking nothing for himself, but without any carapace to protect that clarity. This is a book about sight, deep in some, superficial in others.Read more ›
Tuffnell is a great story teller and I wish I hadn't heard the Picoult comparison. This book has far more layers than any Picoult book, there is little of the padding (none in my view) that many authors seem to chuck in to get a word count. Every page is relevant to the main story and I read the book in two sessions, I was so keen to follow the tale. Fortunately the author promises further stories with the main protagonists and I look forward to them. Thank you.
I often come away from a book wondering what, in the author's experience, prompted the flow of the plot. In this instance, I'm really not sure I want to know that! In fact, having known Viv Tuffnell - via the internet - for some time, I'm comforted in the knowledge that she doesn't on the face of it, display any deep wounds that might have generated the seeds of the plot for The Bet - which is something of a weight off my mind. lol
Viv, I congratulate you on producing a heartstopping and intensely interesting book - your best yet. :)
Vivienne Tuffnell's produced another winner with this compelling story about the daunting challenge of healing a deeply wounded psyche. As the history and personality of the mysterious young man are peeled away, layer by layer, we meet one of the saddest, loneliest, most likeable and unforgettable protagonists I've run across in contemporary literature. One minute you want to shake some sense into him and the next you just want to give him a warm hug. And his nemesis, an oh-so -innocent-looking beauty whose mask covers up a mercilessly sadistic monster, is right up there with the worst of them.
Once again, Tuffell's strong sense of place anchors the plot and furthers the characterization. Antony's home is almost as vast and musty as the museum in which he works. Both places are testament to a past whose antiquated values are of little help to this clueless young man. Likewise, the Yorkshire moors, home of the retired priest enlisted to help Antony make peace with himself and his past, are as wild and mysterious as his inner ghosts.
I loved this story of family secrets and wounded souls. I loved its twists and turns and unexpected nuggets of insight. Most of all I loved the author's psychological awareness, compassion and love of life that shine through every page. Thanks for the fascinating journey through the labyrinths of the human soul, Ms Tuffnell. I look forward to your next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
VIvienne Tuffnell is an excellent writer. Having enjoyed Strangers and Pilgrims, I moved on to the Bet. No two books could be more different. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Caitlin Matthews
There's one word that springs instantly to mind for this book.
I started reading it this morning with the intention of dipping in and out (I have... Read more
The way a novel is structured is (in my opinion at least) one of the most crucial factors in determining how well it works. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paul T.
I loved everything about this book but wouldn't want to give anything away because there is nothing worse than a 'spoiler'. Read morePublished on 24 April 2015 by Kitty Wilhoite
I read a review that compared this author with Jodi Picoult's work, a favourite of mine. Certainly similar although English of course. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2015 by Relly
It is a long time since I have read into the small hours as I could not bear to put down the book so anxious to know what happened. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2015 by terri the cook
beautifully written and immensely engaging if disturbing. I've read several of Vivienne's books and they are all fabulous. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2014 by Kindle Customer
Very easy to read even though there are lots of complex and interesting characters to get to know and numerous twists to the story, I needed to know what happened, I needed to know... Read morePublished on 30 April 2014 by S. Page
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