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Ripley Under Water by Patricia Highsmith
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Jan 11, 12

Read on January 11, 2012, read count: 1

As in her The Glass Cell and to some extent in Edith's Diary, Highsmith excels at the slow spinning of a yarn which nevertheless kept me on board.
Tom's acquaintance with the "Odd Pair" as he christens the over-watchful neighbours in Fontaineblue, is masterfully unravelled to pinpoint his mounting fear of being detected in his trail of wrongdoings.
Rather like her Tom in The Talented Mr Ripley, the author laces the tale with brilliantly interwoven local detail, both of scene and setting, and I again found this a winning combination as I watched Tom now quietly living in luxury at his château at Villeperce.
The creeping sense of his detection and undoing is ever-present yet never fully realised until I was caught up in the narrative, hook, line and sinker.
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