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No Night is Too Long

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  991 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Tim thought he'd gotten away with it. For months after the murder off the Alaskan coast he'd heard not a word. No policeman at his door asking questions. Nothing. And then the letters began. At first they seemed almost innocuous accounts of historical events. But a common theme emerged quickly. It was particulrly germane to Tim, and it related directly to murder. In No Nig ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Onyx (first published May 26th 1994)
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K.Z. Snow
Oct 23, 2012 K.Z. Snow rated it it was ok
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Feb 25, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, 2008
I'll admit. The first thing I ever heard about this book was actually on YouTube, watching a video of the first kiss between Tim and Ivo from the movie version of this novel. After clicking around, and finally watching the whole movie, I decided that I couldn't get enough of the story, and high-tailed it to the library to check this book out.

I couldn't decide for whom I felt more sorry: Tim or Ivo. One of the coolest things I liked about the characterizations was their quirky-ness. Despite being
Aug 01, 2015 Gerhard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
One star lopped off automatically for that ending, which belongs in a torrid MM romance rather than in a fairly nuanced psychological thriller about obsessive love and its consequences.

Vine plays coquettishly with stereotypes about gay characters in fiction, from their unbridled lust to their latent murderous tendencies, but always remains in control of the material, no matter how melodramatic or purple the prose.

Until the last page, of course. And careful as she is in tying up all of the loose
Nov 15, 2010 Margie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I eventually skipped ahead to confirm my assumption of the major plot twist. The main character was tremendously petulant and self-absorbed, and as it was written in the first person, it was impossible to get out of his whiny head. I stuck with the book longer than I should have, because I respect Rendell/Vine's writing, but found it interminable. I can't recommend it.

I almost forgot - one of the minor characters is a professor of geology at UC Berkeley!
Mar 27, 2010 Bianca rated it really liked it
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I have abandoned this halfway through. I just couldn't get myself to care enough about the characters or what happens to them. I know a lot of people really like Barbara Vine, but after trying a couple of her books, she isn't for me.
Apr 23, 2009 Monica rated it it was amazing
Ruth Rendell simply is the best mystery writer alive. Her books tend more toward psychological studies than toward suspense, with subtle, devious clues throughout. Even the best sleuth will ask themselves, "How did I miss that?" And, she's an outstanding writer. Every now and then I say to myself, "I've earned another Ruth Rendell." Not just for mystery lovers.
Oct 18, 2007 Bruce rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: literate adult mainstream and mystery readers
I've read about two dozen books by Rendell/Vine and this is my favorite. Can't recommend it enough for a thoroughly engrossing and satisfying read.
Oct 23, 2008 Martha rated it it was amazing
aka Ruth Rendell. Writes the best psychological mysteries in my opinion
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Nov 01, 2013 E. Chainey (Bookowski) rated it really liked it
First I need to say that I watched the movie (didn't read the book). With Lee Williams and Marc Warren, it was well acting movie. The scenes were so natural and impressive. It is a good movie, intriguing.
About the story: OMG! What have you done Tim? You ruined your life.


Tim is a bisexual very handsome young man. In college, he has lots of girlfriends. One day he sees a lecturer, paleonthologist, Ivo Steadman (gay man). They just look a
Oct 14, 2012 Rodolfo rated it it was amazing
I, like many before me, first heard of the haunting Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) novel No Night is Too Long via the BBC adaptation. The plot twist at the end of the film indeed takes it to a whole new level, as does the references (and musical quotes) to Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier. But I had no idea of the mind-blowing impression the book would have on me!

Isn't it great when we find these beautiful and intricate meanings in what we expected to be the most mundane of paperbacks?

Read the
Aug 14, 2014 Derrian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
And i'm being generous with 2 stars! I was expecting a crime/murder mystery/thriller, but it seemed to be nothing more than a novel with a murder (and the actual event only being briefly mentioned) thrown in for good measure.

I thought the first section of the novel was far too drawn out and would have liked to have read a section from Ivo's perspective. The story picked up a bit in the last 100 pages with a couple of twists in the tale, but I found the ending deeply disappointing.

There are very
Nov 26, 2015 Tony rated it liked it
NO NIGHT IS TOO LONG. (1994). Barbara Vine. ***.
The narrator of this novel, Tim, is a sexually confused individual. He starts out as a heterosexual, changes to a homosexual, then a bi-sexual, and, finally, decides that he is truly a heterosexual. The problem is that he has picked up some baggage on the way. He became involved with a teacher at his college in “N” – a naming of his town under the influence of Russian novelists. Tim is studying creative writing. Lord knows he has enough material un
Nov 16, 2014 Nicolette rated it really liked it

After watching this movie 10 times I have decided to write a review. I watch each time to try and understand who Tim really loved as I was left unfilled and had unresolved issues after the first few viewing of this movie.
Tim’s childhood was damaged by his parents’ relationship. His parents were madly in love, so such much so that Tim felt isolated, rejected and excluded from their affections. Because of this Tim grew up longing for love but unwilling to commit himself to any one. Tim wanted the
Jun 07, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I saw the movie version before I read the book, so I knew how it would end, but I still loved the book. The ending (that I won't reveal) annoyed me, but I'm still giving it five stars because the story was interesting and the relationship between Tim and Ivo was crazy. I kept going from liking Ivo to hating Tim and vice versa. Other readers have criticized this book for making Tim fall in love with a woman and subsequently reject his gay relationship with Ivo. While I feel Tim and Is ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Lela rated it really liked it
No Night Is Too Long is about a young Englishman, Tim, who becomes infatuated with an older man, Ivo, who in turn falls in love with him. After Ivo's confession, Tim is soon wanting out of the relationship. While on a trip to Alaska where Ivo is giving a lecture on a cruise, Tim stays behind in Juneau where he meets Isabel and for the first time in his life, finds himself in love.
Wanting to break it off with Ivo, they fight while on an expedition on a remote island which becomes violent and Tim
Jun 02, 2013 _inbetween_ rated it really liked it
My gateway to Rendell, whom I had avoided before then (thinking the was boring). I hadn't even seen the movie, and in hindsight her take on m/m might be slightly problematic, but I was hooked on her Vines from this novel on. *add long old review that -i- hope -i- had actually written and not just dreamed*
Apr 03, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Very slow getting into for me, then roller coaster ride to the end! Never thought of reading this author, but I'd like to read some more of her books. I totally did not see what was coming as the story went along. Nice change of pace for me
Oct 05, 2010 Margaret rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, culled
Unfortunately, I guessed the central twist only a few pages in. Since I didn't like any of the characters (often a problem for me with Vine/Rendell), having figured out the essence of the plot pretty much ruined the rest of the book for me.
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having read it four times, I find it one of her most compelling, a dive into the depths of the human mind and soul.
J'Anne Jackman
Jan 20, 2008 J'Anne Jackman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To anyone
Haunting and disturbing. I will always remember Iao.
Nov 13, 2009 Notsosweetafterall rated it really liked it
When I first heard about No Night is Too LOng, I was sitting at home watching a clip of the movie, not knowing at that time that it was based on a book, UNTIL I saw the credits. Needless to say, I was impressed by the dark intensity of the film enough to make a trip to my local library and scavanger hunt the book down. Boy how lucky was I that I came across the last remaining copy in the library (and my district). I got home and opened it and started reading. From the first second I was hooked. ...more
Feb 07, 2014 M rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book after having seen the movie and being eerily captivated (my favorite kind of captivation). Having seen the movie prior to reading the book, I think, lessened some of the intrigue I would have otherwise felt. The fairly brilliant twists this novel takes had already been laid clear by the movie. While this was my feeling through the first two thirds of the reading, I found myself, nonetheless, inexplicably engrossed towards the conclusion. The occasion hardly arises tha ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2014
I find Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell totally dicey (I love her work, I hate her work, and everything in between) but this was a new experience: it was... fun. Kind of don't-think-too-hard and enjoy the roller coaster pulpy fun, a la Gone Girl. I don't know that I'd reread it, or at least soon, unlike my favorite picks from her (A Dark Adapted Eye comes to mind.) But I do consider it one of her more diverting and engaging.
Sep 16, 2014 Neophrem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un lungo sbrodolio di pagine quando per il main plot ne sarebbero bastate la metà, o anche meno. Il resto è poltiglia pseudo-psicologica che vortica intorno a personaggi che avrebbero potuto essere interessanti se solo non fossero stati descritti sotto i punti di vista più noiosi che esistano.
Il finale, poi, che voleva essere lieto e drammatico al tempo stesso, è penoso.
Sep 01, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Hmm - this book is not an easy read, but I did eventually get in to it. The first 40% or so was slow and hard work, the next 20% I almost gave up, and the last 40% was ok. Long discussion about it at our book club and consensus was it was not a huge success, and for a crime novel, there was not a huge amount of crime!

Would have rated it a 2.5.
Dec 19, 2013 Solim rated it it was ok
I expected so much more from this book. There were a few twists and turns but none that really surprised me. The writing is excellent and I think what kept me reading and sticking throughout the book. When the twist came, the character involved just wasnt important enough which kind of lowered the impact. There also weren't many character to suspect so that was kind of a downside too. The main character seemed too immature throughout the whole book and made me dislike anything he did. The book a ...more
Chelsea Machal-klapa
Dec 23, 2012 Chelsea Machal-klapa is currently reading it
It's a slow read, true, but worth it. If you can get past the narrator's selfishness, you will appreciate his torturous journey of self-improvement -- at the sacrifice of everyone else!

Frankly, I read the book AFTER I saw the film, and I think the film was a gem, leaving the audience with an unforgettable impression. The film maker resolved some of the vagueness in the characters, and there's no denying the casting in the film was genius.

If you loved the film, the book serves as a worthy compani
Jan 14, 2016 Jeanne rated it liked it
This was a compelling read, even if it took awhile to get to the climactic scene and the end was a surprisingly hokey one. I would definitely read more RR or BV (this was my first) based on the fully-fleshed out characters and well-paced style.
Mar 20, 2014 Henry rated it did not like it
Awful....nothing worse than reading an accomplished expert author try too hard.....couldn't get past the first three or four chapters, which is rare for a Rendell work.
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Pseudonym of Ruth Rendell.

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
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“Without me, without me,
Everyday's misery.
But with me - am I wrong?
No night is too long!”
“Why do you always wear black?”
She delighted me with her answer, the correct, the only, answer. “I’m in mourning for my life. I’m unhappy.”
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