In the long, hot summer of 1976, a group of young people is camping in Wyvis Hall. Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie hardly ask why they are there or how they are to live; they scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms.
Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall's animal cemetery. Which woman? And whose child?
A landowner in the English countryside discovers an old pet cemetery on his vast property, where he finds human bones also buried. This fact and the subsequent police investiga...more
As with most of the other Vines (of which this was the 2nd), "old sins have long shadows" that cast themselves on the present, and Vine moves effortlessly between 1986, when the skeletons of a woman and child are discovered buried in the pet cemetery of a country estate, a...more
Vine/Rendell is expert at the slow disclosure of facts and feelings, the essence of the psychological novel. This particular novel is writte...more
I have given this 5 stars becasue of the pleasure it gave me...more
I read this books after first watching the BBC drama version of this story and despite knowing the ending it didn't spoil my enjoyment as I felt I was in on the secret and could spot the red herrings the author carefully plants in the story.
The plot revolves around Adam who has just inherited Wyvis Hall from his great...more
For some reason I thought this was going to be a mystery, which it was not. At least not really.
Vine experiments with presenting an event in the past from the points of view of 4 people who took part in an ill-fated "communal" living experiment at an English country estate.
Neither this book or the one I read previously (The Face of Trespass) are mysteries in the sense of whodunit. In this book and the other, you're pretty sure you know whodunit, but you may not be clear about exactly what they've done and how. Because the books look back in time from a dark present (full of guilt) to the darker events that created the dark present, the stories are...more
Adam inherits a house when his uncle dies. Adam decides to go and look at the house, and he takes a friend, Rufus, with him because Rufus has transportation which Adam doesn’t. They decide to informed their families that they were going to Greece, so that they wouldn’t be disturbed by their families, but instead Rufus and Adam decide to stay in the house for the...more
There are so many other fascinating ways to look at a mystery than as...more
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...more