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A different work around similar themes: Suspense, Guilt, Morality, Ethics, Values, Perspective
on 6 June 2016
Coming from Ripley and Cry of the Owl, Strangers on Train, this book sets a different pace and tone, albeit around similar themes. Any fan of Highsmith should read it, but it is a different animal. It examines morality and guilt and such issues, it contains suspense and not firecrackers. It is interesting to see Highsmith examine her usual topic with a magnifying glass and from a different angle. I must say I did hope for one (purposely) annoying character to be murdered and they weren't! Maybe that was a tease done on purpose!
I think a lot of people overlook the equally interesting examination of relationships on the book, there is definitly food for thought here on a few levels, although the pace may not be as rapid as some would like.