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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Aug. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003Z38WWM
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This offering is typical of Vine: more than a bit odd, creepy, an exploration of the darker aspects of human nature. It's fantastically well-written, and grabs a hold of you right from the beginning. Vine introduces her characters one by one, and gradually fills in the spaces in between them, all the way up to the very last page, when the whole story falls so perfectly and neatly into place.
It's a chilling tale in parts, one in which London's Tube network becomes a veritable protagonist, a true player in the story. Vine clearly did her homework before creating this fine book, so as to give the reader all the details one needs to *be* there, in the book. Only when one's one imagination can paint a more vivid picture does she merely sketch an outline for the reader to fill in.
I read this book whilst on holiday, enjoying the Maui sun. But it took me all the way to London, to the suburbs, to the bustling Underground stations, and to the frightening darkness of the deep line Tube tunnels. Truly exemplary writing!
As is usual with Ruth Rendell, the story has quite a few strange, eccentric and menacing characters. She is a master at creating suspense. I read this while commuting to and from work, and was often annoyed when I reached my stop!
The only reason I gave this 4 stars is that so few of the characters are sympathetic-with the exception of 'trainspotter'Jarvis. and the two elderly friends-Cecelia and Daphne- the others are so self absorbed and/or controlling that one loses any sympathy for them..As always, Ms.Rendell's social observations are unsparing in portraying casual neglect and indifference.
Definitely, a very good read!
Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine skilfully uses the London Underground as a centre piece and around it weaves a tale of dangerous childhood games,a terrorist plot and an eccentric author writing a book about the history of the Underground system and renting out rooms to a group of very mis-matched people. Fascinating facts and snippets about the tube are masterfully incorporated into the tale and the story ends as chillingly as it started with a Peruvian wedding dress.
Sadly this story has dated due to events which have occurred since it was written and it probably wouldn't appeal to the younger reader. The theme is timeless though and it is an extremely clever, most brilliantly researched story which will always stay in my bookcase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many characters and story lines it becomes rather difficult to follow. I found it slow moving with a lot of tedious detail.Published 5 months ago by Sally A. Adams
Not for me this one. Bored me from the beginning so I packed it in.Published 12 months ago by 15snowflakes
Over sold. Struggled to get into this. Certainly not a page turner although it was very cleverly written and had a tidy end which goes up with a puff of smokePublished 16 months ago by G. R. U
didn't like the parts about the London underground was boreing otherwise goodPublished 18 months ago by Linda Kelly
As an avid Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell fan, I was looking forward to reading this book. I did like it, however, I do not think it is as good or masterful as her other books, which... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sheila Iris
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As usual Ruth Rendell excels herself writing under the name Barbara Vine.. always twist at the end and gripping story.Published on 25 Mar. 2014 by June Barr
A good story with interesting facts about the underground. This sums it up, but you require more words from me - why?Published on 9 Feb. 2014 by Evelyn Lake