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Preview — Grasshopper by Barbara Vine
This seemed a much lengthier read than the actual 400 and something page count would have me believe. It might be that picking it up and putting it down for about three months isn't the best way to read it but it did seem to drag. Altogether too much foreshadowing of the 'if only I'd known then what I know now' type which rather than heightening the suspense leads you to not be surprised by many of the events in the book.
I'm making it sound like I hated it which I didn't. It was a much more int...more
My main problem with this book was I really disliked the heroine, whom I presume we were supposed to empathise and sympathise with. After she is blamed by her parents for the death of her friend in a 'climbing a pylon' accident -pylons being the grasshoppers of the title - Clodagh goes to London, where she gets her kicks climbing o ...more
The narrator was likable, but most of the other characters were only marginally so, and a few were despicable. The foreshadowing was laid on a bit thick, "as I was to learn later" s ...more
It`s written in the perspective of a young woman who is the protagonist. Her story is not the entertaining sort. It was not a nice read in my perspective. Though the book have a fast phase towards the very end, which ...more
Nearly didn't finish this, turgid and about 200 pages too long. They say books have beginning, middle and end, well this is all middle. I guess I just kept reading in the hope something interesting/exciting would happen eventually. Had to resort to skimming chunks of it just to get through it. Not recommended.
But Vine/Rendell is a bit like Nick Hornby where I'm concerned - love them on a story level, but the attitudes and morality behind and their books frequently make me want to vomit and the overall aura of middle-classness does my head in.
Rendell created a third strand of writing with the publication of A Dark Adapted Eye under her pseudonym Barbara Vine in 1986. Books such as King Solomon's Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Anna's Book (original UK title Asta's Book) inhabit the same territory as her psychological crime novels while they further develop themes of family misunderstandings and the side effects of sec ...more