The Playroom Paperback – 1 May 2003
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'Nobody could fail to admire this novel - a wholly believable horror story. Frances Fyfield's acute portrayal of a psychopath and his victims is frighteningly real.' Ruth Rendell 'Excellent.' Margaret Forster
Previously published under her real name, Frances Hegarty, this is Frances Fyfield's tense drama of a family's psychological warfare carried to tragic extremes.See all Product Description
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Fyfield's way with character is to get inside their heads, and this she manages very well for her female characters and some of her male ones, but she doesn't try for the inside of David's head - there's no point, perhaps, since it is quickly clear that he is the villain of the piece. Nevertheless, I feel he is the one missing piece in the jigsaw of this novel. Without access to David we are left with a figure of evil, one dimensional, apart from his love for the child he favours. David is a sillhouette, while everyone else is a full length portrait.
This is a stunning crime novel - a chilling and all-too believable example of the principle that middle class lives, money and sensibilities are no bar to the obscenity of child cruelty, though not the kind of cruelty one might expect. The neighbours, David's mother, Katherine's sister all feel uneasy about some aspects of David, but no one comes up with the right answer, and David is so clever about deflecting all suspicions and passing on any blame - usually to his beleaguered wife.Read more ›