A Dark-Adapted Eye
A Dark-Adapted Eye - a prize-winning crime classic by bestselling author Barbara Vine
Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award
Like most families they had their secrets . . .
And they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter
1859 William Longley marries Amelia Jackman
They have 3 daughters, incl Amelia, an…moreGlen, hope this helps and saves you a lot of trouble and note-taking!
1859 William Longley marries Amelia Jackman
They have 3 daughters, incl Amelia, and Clara ("Clo"), and (?)
and in 1867, one son Arthur William Longley
1890 Arthur Longley marries Maud Richardson (a rich gal, dad is Abel Richardson)
1896 They have one daughter, Helen
1901 one (stillborn?) son when Maud dies in childbirth
Helen goes to live w/rich grandparents, the Abel Richardsons
1906 Arthur Longley marr. Ivy Naughton (b.1878)
[Ivy has an aunt Priscilla Naughton & a cousin Elizabeth Naughton Whitestreet.]
Arthur's bro-in-law James Hubbard is marr. to his sister Amelia, btw.
1907 twins are born to Arthur & Ivy:
[their godparents are Priscilla and Helen]
John William Longley
Vera Ivy Longley
[1919 Arthur & Ivy Longley family settle in Great Sindon @ Laurel Cottage]
1922 dau. Edith (Eden) born to Arthur & Ivy (age 44)
1936 Ivy dies
1919 the twins' & Eden's half-sister Helen Longley marr. General Victor Chatteriss and in 1925 they move to India.
To the Chatterisses are born Patricia and Andrew.
1926 Vera Longley marr. Gerald Hillyard
1927 son Francis born
1928 John Longley marr. Vranni Breuer
Vranni (b.1905 in another country) was a lodger of Elizabeth Naughton Whitestreet [Eliz. was John's 2nd cousin by his mom Ivy]
1928 daughter Faith born
Faith is, of course, narrator of the story.(less)
I had a similar feeling after finishing this novel. There were far too many characters to keep track of and I actually had to write down on a piece of paper the family tree to have any hope of continuing to read forward.
While I admire her for coming ...more
The only kind of death that can be accurately predicted to the minute had taken place, the death that takes its victim,
’… feet foremost through the floor,
Into an empty space.’”
This is from the first chapter of Barbara Vine’s book A Dark-Adapted Eye, which was first published in 1986. It was the first novel by this particular name, but not by this author. The reason? Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell.
Ruth Rendell had already established ...more
I would have give it 5 stars if the beginning wasn't ...more
This is the story of an English family, traced through the ...more
That was m ...more
In A Dark Adapted Eye, Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine) has written a domestic thriller worthy of her earlier masterpiece, A Judgment in Stone. This time, however, the murder does not arise from a servant problem: the Longley sisters—Vera and Eden—though of genteel stock, with familial connections to wealthy families, could never afford servants themselves. And it is precisely these tenuous connections to wealth and privilege that are the problem here.
The primary narrator of the book is Fa ...more
The story is told in the first person, but the narrator knows a lot of informatio ...more
But having DNF’d for the second time, I perhaps ought to have broken my rule.
As a big fan of Ruth Rendell, I have grown to appreciate her pared ascetic prose. Goodreads tells me I have read 3 other of her ‘Barbara Vines’, but I don’t recall such a dense literary style as employed in this novel. Now ...more
I understand A Da ...more
This is a complex read where the narrator slowly unfolds events of the past. We are introduced to a vast array of family and friends, some important, some mere names, but we don't know who is important and who is not. The time frame shifts and changes as the narrator, Faith, recalls almost at random, events from the past.
For the first few chapters I was left ad ...more
Faith Severn, the niece of the hanged murderess Vera Hillyard, is approache ...more
She describes them this way:
"Ruth and Barbara are two aspects of me. Ruth is tougher, colder, more analytical, possibly more aggressive. Ruth has written all the novels, created Chief I ...more
Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine always delivers what she promises to -i.e., toothy, dark, psychological mysteries, with lots of troubled minds and secrets, with a murder or two thrown in, which can be either immediate, or long forgotten.
This is the first book written by Ruth Rendell as Barbara Vine, and towards the end, she gives an explanation about both her names, which is as interesting as the story she has written.
In a ...more
This is the question that the novel attempts to answer. Well written, it is a story of a British family over a twenty year period from the 1930s up to 1950. On the surface, a perfectly proper (if snobby) family situation. But peel the facade away to reveal a properly dysfunctional scene of obsession taken to the breaking point.
This boo ...more
Using flashbacks (something I usually dislike, but which Vine is an absolute master at) Vera's neice tells us how the whole situation came about, using as a frame to the novel the fact that someone wants to write about her aunt's crime and trial.
And so the reader is dragged into a tig ...more
However, once you have the characters in place in your head, the stor ...more
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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