End In Tears: (A Wexford Case) Hardcover – 20 Oct 2005
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"Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a continuing pleasure to watch Wexford and Burden at work." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Rendell's psychological insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is" (The Times)
"No contemporary writer of suspense stories tries to vary the form's boundaries more than Ruth Rendell" (Guardian)
"End in Tears proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell" (Christopher Bray, New Statesman)
"Ruth Rendell is a phenomenon. [She] has always had a deep insight into the criminal mind and the vicious selfishness of those who believe that their own desires override everything else. She uses it to good effect in End in Tears." (The Times)
'[Rendell] is unequalled in her ability to create amoral, unprincipled characters, then to make us pity them, until they do something terrible.' (The Observer)
'Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a pleasure to watch Wexford and burden at work.' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'End In Tears proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell.' (New Statesman) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I don't mind the ridiculously PC Hannah Goldsmith too much - I suspect that we are supposed to find her ridiculous, certainly at the start of the novel. I do think that her budding romance takes up far too much time. She is also at the heart of what is supposed to be a tense scene towards the end of the novel but, for me at least, is just too melodramatic to swallow - the villain and his henchmen behave and speak EXACTLY as you would expect such cliched characters to do; its almost funny! The action scene at the bridge doesn't really work either. I suppose that is my biggest problem with this novel - when it moves away from the domestic into the world of 'organised crime'. I think Rendell does better with the former.
I was fairly satisfied with the final denouement (although, as usual, Wexford takes far too long getting to what is supposed to be the 'big reveal') and most of it made sense - elaborately constructed alibis aside!Read more ›
Weeks later, 18 year old Amber Marshalson is killed walking home along a quiet road after a night out. Her father Graham has been up all night worrying, and eventually sets out to search the road he knows she’ll be coming home by. A shattering discovery is his to be made.
It’s only when the police find out that Amber was one of the people involved in the earlier road accident, driving a car very similar to that carrying the elderly victim, that they realise someone could easily have made a previous disastrous attempt on her life and, failing in that, has tried again with shattering success…
End in Tears is Rendell’s 20th Inspector Wexford novel. (It’s something indeed that they don’t make up even half her output.) These police procedurals of hers are not my favourite of her many fictional branches, but to many they constitute the most enduring and famous sections of her body of work. It’s easy to see why: while her other novels are dark, disturbing, twisted affairs of the head, the Wexford books are warmer and more welcoming things altogether. They do share a dark view of the human heart, true (this one particularly), but they come at it from the opposite angle. The crimes of the Wexford books, too, are more rational things; they're open to freer explanation, they make you less uncomfortable, make you feel less unsafe in your own skin.Read more ›
I learnt my lesson with this Wexford book. Rather than swallowing it in one gulp, I paced myself over several, very enjoyable eveings, savouring the stunning complexity of the plot and its final, shattering denouement.
When a feckless, and frankly not very likeable, teenager is found with her head bashed in, Wexfords team, with some interesting new additions, swings into action. A connection is speedily established with an earlier incident in which a concrete block is droppped from a bridge onto a passing car and the attention is quickly jostled by a cornucopia of plots and sub-plots. The focus shifts rapidly yet intelligently between a soon-to-be dual murder investigation, the distress of the reluctantly childless, an unusal seduction technique and an intriguing note of disharmony on the Wexfords' domestic front.
I am hard put to decide which aspect of Ms Rendells' talent I admire the most; her protrayal of characters that provoke such fierce emotional responses in the reader, her ability to construct a series of complex and inter-related plots or her esoteric knowledge of the English Language!
A BIT OF A *SPOILER* FOLLOWS UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE AMAZON DESCRIPTION ABOVE AND SOME OF THE REVIEWS
In any case, their previous acquaintance would not have mattered with reference to the central theme in this book, which explores the murder of eighteen-year-old Amber in a quiet village in Sussex. Soon after, another young lady, Megan, disappears and is later found murdered. Although coming from very different social backgrounds, the police find out that the two girls knew each other and they had two things in common: youth -it goes without saying- and a child each. What could have led someone to kill them?
END OF *SPOILER*
Hard to pinpoint the facts as they are elusive up until the very last page of the book. They are also, along with the characters, quite muddled up and a bit hard to follow. Wexford's personal life and the one of some of his co-workers provide for a bit of a diversion, even though they all sooner or later connect with the central theme in a plausible juxtaposition.
All in all, it was not the best mystery novel I've read -and I read many-. What lacked here was a certain compactness within the characters which rendered the story less consistent than it should have been, considering the disturbing motive lurking behind the murders (which the reader picks up only toward the middle of the book).
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As usual I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this book as well as the personal life of Inspector Wexford.Published 9 months ago by dupressa
A good part of the 3rd CD was muddled to say the least and could not be interpreted. I was very disappointed.Published 13 months ago by Marianne M.
Kept me glued to the book, finished it in three days, BUT the final out come
was a little confusing, nevertheless a great read and we have lost another
of the Great... Read more
As ever good plot. However I think I have ready too many one after the other! I find the author is patronising to both the " working class" and anyone of " colour"... Read morePublished 16 months ago by jacco