'Stealthy, credible, ingenious and addictive.' (Literary Review)
'The Cosway family is a mesmerizing creation ...' (Sunday Times)
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Kersten Kvist comes to live in the poisonous, suffocating Lydstep Old Hall, as nurse/assistant for the Cosway family. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SuzM
I have happily been re reading Barbara Vine recently, and although this one was first published in 2005, the period it is set in is the Sixties, with the benefit of hindsight as... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Katharine Kirby
One almost feels cheated by this particular Barbara Vine novel. Cheated, because the writing is so wonderfully gripping, the atmosphere and characters so well-done that the climax... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jl Adcock
One observation only: Ida overhears her sister leaving a 'tell him it is Tamara' message over the phone and appears shocked. Read morePublished 18 months ago by bookworm
Gripping. Creates an old fashioned world where you get drawn into, as any good book should. Reminder of a huge talent we have now lost.Published 21 months ago by Barbara Carter
Very slow at start, lots of names that I found confusing, then suddenly I "got it" and couldn't put it down. I love all B Vine's books, and this one didn't disappoint.Published on 29 Mar. 2015 by Pauline
Another fascinating Barbara Vine story. You gradually get sucked into the story and can't wait to finish it. Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Golden Oldie
I love Barbara Vine, and this has many of her hallmarks, but is not her best - very slow. Much prefer eg The House of Stairs and GrasshopperPublished on 15 May 2014 by Lola Bergen