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The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
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Apr 24, 2009

really liked it

I listened to this as a book on tape, and I suspect if I had read it my rating would just be three stars. (I'm always a more generous listener than reader.) I was trying to find a new mystery writer since P.D. James has grown tiresome for me, but this wasn't really a mystery. This review puts it better than I could: "Twenty years ago, a great storyteller split herself in two: Ruth Rendell moved over to make room for Barbara Vine. As Rendell, she has continued her Inspector Wexford series and added to a long list of stand-alone thrillers. As Vine, she has written a dozen novels -- the latest being The Minotaur -- that stretch the mystery genre's boundaries until only a hair-splitter can say where it leaves off and "serious" literature begins."

I was engrossed the whole time by this bizarre family and interested to see how autism might have been treated back before everyone knew what it was. The reading was slightly marred by an unconvincing Swedish accent from the narrator (the British woman reading, Landor, does a much better job with the British voices) and the ending was slightly unsatisfying to me. But on the whole, a very pleasant surprise from my random library pick!
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message 1: by Alb (new) - rated it 3 stars

Alb This sounds good Stacey, I just added the audio book to my library queue.

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