A good novella of about seventy pages. Has a great Gothic and a haunting atmosphere. Wonderful story, narrated by a teenage girl, with a difference! Not precisely a crime mystery, but only a reader would know. :)
Having read two of her short story collections, a standalone novel and now this book, I am convinced that Ruth Rendell is an amazing writer (not sure of her Inspector Wexford stories though, never read any of those yet). Her characters are weird, and ecc ...more
The mystery here made me laugh more than it shocked me, but I really liked her writing and the gothic feel of this book.
Ruth Rendell was a wonderful story teller and Geraldine Somerville who gave the reading produced a captivating recording. This is one of those tales that gradually creep up on you and provide ...more
I try to keep my reviews void of any actual story, but have to remark of the change of the main character and what a terrific job Rendell does. i marvel at how Rendell took me from a view of the main character to something else altogether. Th ...more
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Heartstones is a perfectly formed psychological gothic thriller, and brandishes the obvious Poe influence prou ...more
What the book is about: Heartstones by Ruth Rendell is an old mystery novel following an anorexic adolescent named Elvira who has to cope with the aftermath of her mother's death. Along the way, she meets some new people and a few of them do not make it out alive. This novel is thrilling and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
What I thought: I personally strongly disliked this book and thought it to be confusing in the beginning and later on, boring. Throughout the entirety of the novel, I c/>What ...more
It is a story about a young girl named Elvira and her younger sister, Spinny, and their lives in their kind of haunted Gothic home with their father, Luke, after their mother's death. Elvira is a strange sort of misfit girl, starving herself because she wants to be a ...more
Written as a initimate diary by Elvira who is 16, when her mother dies leaving a younger sister, Spinny (Despina) and their father,Luke a university lecteurer and occasional Dean at the local cathedral.
The scene is wonderfully set-a close daughter and father studious relationship with the younger daughter excluded and seeing ghosts.
However Elvira becomes more and more in the "soul" and eats less and lessfinally becoming a ...more
Rating based on content: 2.75
Beautifully written but I must say I was extremely underwhelmed with the reveal, I guessed it would happen I just didn’t know how it would play out. I loved the development of the protagonist and her voice, but as whole as o said I was severely under impressed. Look it may be worth a read for you there were some cool factors of it.
Heartstones is a wee little novella telling the tale of clinically creepy 16-year-old Elvira, who, after her mother's death, latches onto her father, Luke, but in a cold, clinical, creepy way. She's inhuman, almost comically so, in her thoughts, dealings, and interactions with others. When Luke brings home a new girlfriend it's too much for Elvira, already burdened with living in a haunted house and handling the nighttime frights of her sad, fat, scaredy sister, Despina.