- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition edition (27 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593072782
- ISBN-13: 978-0593072783
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Facts of Life and Death Hardcover – 27 Mar 2014
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EVERY KILLER HAS TO START SOMEWHERE . . .
Top Customer Reviews
This book starts off slowly by introducing us to Ruby's life. The descriptions of the village and its life are vivid and extremely topical given the amount of rain and flood damage the country has been suffering recently for real. And the constant threat of natural disaster combines with the isolation of the village to provide a nicely chilling backdrop for a story that suddenly darkens into something much more disturbing than the first few chapters might suggest. Because somewhere in this area of Devon, a man is beginning on a course of action that will eventually turn him into a serial killer; as the tagline says - every killer has to start somewhere. And this killer starts by abducting a young woman, then forcing her to phone her mother and tell her goodbye.Read more ›
‘What do I say?’
This is how it begins. Living with her parents in the dank beach community of Limeburn, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has her own fears. Bullies on the school bus, the forest crowding her house into the sea, and the threat of divorce.
Helping her Daddy to catch a killer might be the key to keeping him close.
As long as the killer doesn’t catch her first..
So I recently read “Rubbernecker” from Belinda Bauer, also incidentally the first novel of hers I have read since Blacklands and it was so good that I was kind of worried that this one would fall flat. It absolutely did not do any such thing.
We follow along mostly with ten year old Ruby as she explores her world, puts up with bullies, hangs out with her friends and observes her people – she adores Daddy and is determined that he will be happy despite the fact that her parents are not getting on. Meanwhile young women are going missing, as a fledgling killer becomes more confident.
This was an extremely clever psychological thriller, especially as young Ruby’s viewpoint was so very authentic – she behaves like a ten year old with all the curiosity and wonder that time of life brings – and it was a different take on the way an adult would look at the world or peoples actions. Ruby, whilst helping her Dad try and track the killer, ends up with a lot of information that she doesnt realise is important. Offset that against the beautifully drawn police team (and not cliche at all – I thought Calvin was probably one of the most realistic sounding Police Officers I have ever read in fiction and boss Kirsty King was delightfully normal) and you have a cleverly constructed, character driven tale of the darker side of human nature.Read more ›
This is a compelling story set in North Devon, England and is told from the perspective of Ruby, an innocent 10-year-old girl who finds herself not only struggling with coming-of-age but with a family in turmoil and a village plagued by a serial killer.
The prose is direct and clear. The characterization is well done with a cast of characters that are troubled, raw and distinctive and a setting that is a character itself with its dreariness, history, rugged terrain and isolation.
This truly is an intelligent, atmospheric novel with a clever, meticulous plot filled with tension, danger, suspense, twists, intrigue and murder that delves into the murkiest corners of the human psyche and highlights how much rage and malice can actually exist in those you least expect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This terrific book has a wonderful heroine in Ruby. She's gutsy, loving, authentic ... And her relationships with her parents are portrayed with wit and truth. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Caroline Gilfillan
The book is told by the viewpoint of ten-year old Ruby Trick who lives in Limeburn, Devon where she lives with her Mummy who works at the posh hotel and her Daddy a lover of all... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Bannister
Have read the authors previous books and this one is also well worth reading as they were...Belinda Bauer =great authorPublished 6 months ago by mrs s mchugh
I have now read three of Belinda Breuer books; all have been very different subject matters and all have been immensely enjoyable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by l a jones
This is such a beautifully written book. One of the best I have read for some timePublished 14 months ago by Parky