- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Onyx Books; Reprint edition (Jan. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451406346
- ISBN-13: 978-0451406347
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,122,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
No Night is Too Long Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1996
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'She deploys her peerless skills in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the murky impulses of desire and greed.' (The Sunday Times)
'The Rendell/Vine partnership has for years been producing consistently better work than most Booker winners put together.' (Ian Rankin) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Frightening, suspenseful, and deeply unsettling, No Night Is Too Long is a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P. D. James and Ian Rankin. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
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When Tim meets Dr. Ivo Steadman, (who else but Rupert Everett?) he is certain he must be in love because he has never felt this way before. He has had a few dilatory girl friends that didn't stir him, only occasionally "scratched an itch." So what was this? The shortness of breath? The obsessing for Ivo's presence? This was something startlingly new and different, and it must be love! Tim found it also had a very short duration. As soon as Ivo dropped his Rochester/Heathcliff airs of arrogance and disdain, Tim was quickly out of love and into contempt. Alas, poor Ivo who made more and more frantic and futile efforts to entice and ensnare the errant Tim. I couldn't help but sympathize with Tim at this point.Read more ›
The book honestly is the best book I've ever read. It is fantastically written and is a credit to Ruth Rendell (Barbara Vine).
The story is about Tim and his love life as he ventures from his love for a university student to a professor and finds his sexuality. However, the true love is across the Atlantic living in canada.
The story is gripping and I didn't want to put it down. I can not describe how fantastic this book was. I'd recommend it to anyone. The only bad point to the book is that I knew I'd reach the end.
This is a truly compelling novel that hooks the reader, making it impossible to put the book down.
The story actually moves pretty slowly, but the suspense and tension is just unbearable. You know very well that cataclysmic events are going to occur, but of how and when you know nothing. The sense of wonderment you feel at Rendell (in any of her incarnations) is simply awe-inspiring. You read and read and read, completely unable to tear your eyes from the story, even though its moving with a slow pace. Its thrilling, suspenseful and beautifully tense. And I loved it.
The plot is simple - a telling of how a gay love-affair leads to the chill Pacific north, and fromt hence to murder - but very strong. There are good, strong, simple, sensible, realistic twists. They turn the story once or twice, adding just the right amoung of freshness and surprise.
The characters are superbly well drawn and believeable. and quite likeable, despite their flaws. The completely unsettling thing about Rendell's books are the fact that, in this case at least, the people seem quite, quite normal. Tim is just a normal young man, struggling with his identity and sexuality, experiencing the world for what it really is. He's nothing special. Has no psychological abnormalities, is not in any damaged And yet he is driven to murder. This novel is a bravura display of how circumstances can drive people to commit horrible deeds. Quite sane, normal people, slowly taken hold of.
This is a wonderful book. A masterpiece. The writing is just first class, cold, icy, gripping, and the descriptions of the places in which this novel are set are simply stunning.Read more ›
I always thought it possible that Ivo hadn't died. At the same time, Tim knows that he has committed murder in his heart and cannot recover from the guilt. But once the author has brought him back to life, it is disappointing to have him killed all over again. I know there has to be a murder somewhere in a Vine/Rendell novel. But to my mind it would work better if it was Tim who was killed, having first met Ivo and achieved some sort of reconciliation. The vision on the last page of him and Isabel embracing is quite distasteful. Too much has gone wrong and Ivo's body would always lie between them. I think it would have been better if Tim was destroyed through his taste for living dangerously and the brother and sister repaired their relationship.
Unfortunately, once a writer is very successful, he or she can publish what they like and no editor will dare to point out how it could have been made even better. But if I had been Ruth Rendell's publisher, the above is what I would have said.
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The book is well written, Rendell is a brilliant plotwriter, but I detest the homophobic tendency which is never pronounced but ever present. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2014 by R Jong
after buying an edition of the big issue I took notice of the article written about the five (or 6) books you should read before you die
they are brilliant... Read more
Excellent story line that slowly takes hold of you until you are utterly gripped and cannot put it down. Clever, unusual plot and engaging, believable characters. So well written. Read morePublished on 27 July 2012 by Graemey
I have just re-read this book after many years. The quality of the writing is outstanding and the clever blend of character and place is handled superbly by Vine. Read morePublished on 17 July 2011 by gambist
A good story, but far too slow, and the main characters are so self obsessed that they quickly become boring.Published on 24 Jun. 2011 by Troy Beal
This novel has a twist in the tale that is well worth the wait - true the wait is nearly book-length before we get to the point of revelation. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2010 by Eileen Shaw
A deeply homophobic book which centres on a wildly improbable plot of identical brother and sister twins. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2008 by Peter Scott-presland
Having enjoyed pretty much all of Barbara Vine's other books, this was a big disappointment - too 'tricksy' and self-consciously clever and I really didn't care what happened to... Read morePublished on 15 July 2008 by crumb