- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Reissue edition (28 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847393500
- ISBN-13: 978-1847393500
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 4.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Dark Dividing Paperback – 28 Feb 2008
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"'She has a crisp and intelligent style, and a real way with tension' MO HAYDER 'Clever and atmospheric... a compelling read' Good Book Guide 'When you get halfway through, you won't be able to stop... The varied cast of characters are so well-drawn that they get under your skin long before you reach the grippig climax' Big Issue 'Equal parts Daphne du Maurier, Josephine Tey and Ruth Rendell, Rayne possesses superb storytelling skills' US Mystery Guild 'If your taste runs to psychological thrillers with complicated and riveting plotlines, you will love Sarah Rayne... Fast-moving action with unpredictable twists' Sussex Times"
About the Author
The author of seven terrifying novels of psychological suspense, Sarah Rayne lives in Staffordshire. Visit www.sarahrayne.co.uk
Top Customer Reviews
There are inconsistancies in the use of speech, mobiles, opening bank accounts etc. but with such a rattling good yarn these are soon forgotton.
Can't wait to read more Sarah Rayne books.
The story follows a number of protagonists from different time periods. Harry Fitzglen is asked by his editor to follow up on the opening of a new gallery, as he thinks one of the partners in the undertaking may be someone who featured in a story some twenty years earlier – can Simone Marriot really be Simone Anderson, and what is her story? We read also of Charlotte Quinton, starting from her diary entries of 1900 when she is married, though not happily, and expecting twins. We then follow Simone in her memories of her childhood, and the strangely nomadic lifestyle she lived with her mother. Her mother’s own recollections are also followed in the story, and very slowly we start to piece together the separate narratives, and connections start to become evident. But even so, it’s a shock where the stories take us – the author has down to a fine art the pacing and layering of the stories so that when they all fall into place at the end, there is still plenty left to surprise and horrify us, and to make us pause as we piece it all together. Great stuff, and I found this story both intriguing and disturbing – a great combination in a dark and twisted novel.
I loved this book and have loved her others, and am looking forward to reading the remaining ones. Highly recommended.
A very complex novel, with layer upon layer of lives inter-linked through almost a century. The author keeps the reader guessing about the nature of the connectedness of the characters. Just when you think you have worked out the details, Rayne very subtly changes the whole scenario.
Research seems to have been good and most of the historical details, as far as I can see are appropriate to the times. There are a few little niggles for me, though. It is early 1980s when one of the characters sets up in a rented cottage in the Norfolk countryside and she buys the cheapest mobile phone she could find. Where? At that time, "mobile," phones were mostly car phones and very few people used them. Would there have been an adequate network coverage in the Norfolk countryside in the early 1980s?
The character also does not want to apply for a credit or debit card. I don't think debit cards were widely available at that time.
The last of my, "niggles," is that the character writing her diaries in the early 1900s keeps going in and out of a particular way of speaking. Her language is not consistent. She is a middle-class lady of that time, who sometimes seems to go into later 20th Century speech.
Having said all this, and I think the editor should have picked up on the details about mobile phones and debit cards, this is a good read and I have been kept awake by this book, telling myself, just to the end of the chapter, and half an hour later, I am still reading!
I do have a few observations, however. The most significant of these concerns the multiple storylines. Unless the storylines are very straightforward (decidedly not the case here) I think an author should take care not to leave the reader in one storyline too long in case he/she loses the thread of the other storylines. In places I think it would have been better to break one storyline earlier to avoid this possibility. Also, I always think that first person narrative (where appropriate) can come alive, particularly in expressing emotions, in a way which is difficult to achieve in the third person: Charlotte's narrative (in her diaries) is a good example, I think, when compared with the present day storyline (where I would accept it would have been more difficult to use the first person).
Along with other reviewers, I too noticed the few anachronisms: I would tend to forgive the author for these but perhaps not the editor. I am also puzzled by some errors in the Kindle edition: apart from more quite simple errors than are acceptable from a mainstream publisher (Simon & Schuster), eg of the type that even a spell check would reveal ("secredy"), there are some (eg "secredy" and "He" for "lie") which suggest that OCR software has been used at some stage in the production process (of the Kindle edition, I'm assuming) whereas surely S & S would have access to the original digital edition. Whatever the explanation, I think somebody should have corrected the errors.
Not wishing to end on a negative note, however, I would say this is the first book by Sarah Rayne I have read: I plan to read others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nicely written. Story let it down a little for me but worth a read.Published 16 months ago by Bookworm83
Brilliant!! I can't believe that I have never read a book by this author before! Off I go to read everything else of hers. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2015 by Sacha Webber
Excellent read part historical part thriller it keeps the suspense going right to the end. Perfect holiday read.Published on 4 Oct. 2014 by Jackie Beere
Sarah Rayne is my new favourite author. This book kept me turning the pages from start to finish. It is very well written and the text flows beautifully. Another triumph.Published on 4 Oct. 2014 by Mary
As with all Sarah Rayne books an engrossing read kept me reading well into the night I wil be trying more of her booksPublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by S
Looked like a great story when I saw it. Book in brand new condition even though it was in paperback.Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by lmm
Sarah Rayne's "A Dark Dividing" is unusual and well worth reading. The plot twists and turns and the subject of conjoined twins is totally new to me. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2013 by CLCAULFIELD
Another scorcher by Sarah Raynew! Great psycho author however she does tend to flit between past and present in her books and I know some people find this frustrating, this one is... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2013 by Claire
It's a page-turner all right. Granted that horror and suspense are not my usual genre, I enjoyed the atmosphere of unease that pervades this novel. Read morePublished on 23 July 2012 by H. Petre