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The Minotaur by [Vine, Barbara]
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'The reader is kept in suspense throughout... vintage wine from the Rendell vine' Independent 'The Cosway family is a mesmerizing creation... I rushed through the last pages' - Penelope Lively, Sunday Times 'Stealthy, credible, ingenious and addictive' Literary Review

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'... suspense throughout... vintage wine from the Rendell vine.' (The Independent)

'Stealthy, credible, ingenious and addictive.' (Literary Review)

'The Cosway family is a mesmerizing creation ...' (Sunday Times)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2666 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI97DY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
As with the previous reveiwer, I cannot praise Barbara Vine's latest work enough. As is often the case with Vine's books, this ia a true slow-burner, and the real action does not occur until the latter parts of the book, but the build up and characters are so compelling you are gripped from the outset, feeling, perhaps like Kerstin that you are an outsider given a privileged but disturbing vantage point to observe the family in the Hall. The Cosways are a superb creation, sinister, grotesque, comedic and pitiable by turns, certainly a dysfunctional family to rival the dynamics of the Hilliard/Longley family in A Dark adapted Eye (One of my favourites from her earlier works). The clues and pointers are placed strategically from the start, from the characters reaquainted with Kerstin at the start and those they mention, to the Roman vase, the library and Lydstep Old Hall itself, leading you compulsively onwards to the shattering conclusions. I was slightly concerned at one point that developments toward the end would result in a cheap pastiche of events in Jane Eyre and Rebecca, but Vine creates her own set of circumstances, and by references to both, she deftly avoids this.
I have thoroughly enjoyed and wholeheartedly reccommend The Minotaur
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This book like so many of Barbara Vine's other one is a page turning, a book full of mystery and questions. I love how she is able to bring a book to life and make you think about everything.
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By Sarah Hapgood VINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2006
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As soon as I heard about the plot outline for this I knew that this would be Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell on tip-top form. We're back in the 1960s, and Kerstin Kvist, a young Swedish girl, arrives at a remote country house in the wilds of Essex, to act as nurse/companion to John Cosway, a man in his late thirties, who Kerstin is led to believe is suffering from schizophrenia. Kerstin soon realises that her duties aren't exactly arduous. She has to accompany John on his afternoon walk, and oversee his medication at bedtime. It is with this medication that Kerstin soon realises that something is very wrong at the Hall. Kerstin is up against John's mother, a truly monstrous and thoroughly detestable old lady, who rules the household with a rod of iron. There is absolutely nothing likeable about Mrs Cosway, but she is not a pantomime villain, she's all too believable. Also in the household are John's three spinster sisters, Ella, Winifred (both of whom are obsessed with the same man, an arrogant artist called Felix), and downtrodden Ida, who acts as a maid-of-all-work for everyone. As the book unfolds the lack of any human feeling or normal emotions exhibited by the Cosways becomes truly disturbing. Eventually Kerstin feels she is becoming as cowed and downtrodden as Ida.
Both Kerstin and the author's great compassion for John is what lifts this book above what could have been just any other Aga saga thriller, or a spoof of the Victorian Gothics, at which the author pokes some gentle fun at times. Kerstin's growing affection for John, and the way he tries to reach out to her in the limited way he knows how, are heart-rending. The final pay-off is done simply and low-key, but it will horrify you.
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Magnificent. This is a family with severe and serious relationship problems which seem to me to be caused solely by the mother's dark and obsessive possessiveness, coupled with her very dark and unguessable secret. Vine's imaginative powers have no end to their depth - she's supreme. This book has sex - one character sleeping with 2 sisters at the same time, a vicar,a very dodgy doctor, a family feud simmering mostly in silence but which occasionally raises itself above the parapet to be quoshed rapidly;intigue in spades;collusion in spades; a creepy library. This is juxtaposed with an idyllic country setting.

Vine is amazing. Long may she write such chilling novels which stop us in our tracks and prevent us from doing anything except turning the pages. I can only think in superlatives about this book.
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I'm afraid I agree with the reviewer who said they'd felt they'd wasted time reading this book. I felt the same way. I had been looking forward to a mystery, but everything seems to be spelt out and explained to the reader...there's nothing to discover for oneself here! I could not relate to any of the characters at all and quite frankly couldn't have cared if they had all perished in the end!
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Format: Hardcover
Having just read Fatal Inversion, in my opinion one of her very best novels as Barbara Vine, I was disappointed with this one. I always admire her ability to create unsympathetic characters who nevertheless compel us to read on and find out what happens to them, but in this case it is a very long time before anything very much happens. The first person narrator is a young Swedish girl, rather ignorant of the ways of English society, and her record of the characters and doings of the strange and unpleasant occupants of the decrepit country mansion in which she finds herself is repetitive and over-long. I don't think we can blame the character entirely for this; I have noticed a tendency to over-emphasize in other Rendall books where she is not on top form. Having said that, I think most readers will continue reading to the end to find out what happens, even if there is very little mystery involved.
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