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No Night is Too Long

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,137 Ratings  ·  86 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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Feb 25, 2009 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
Jun 20, 2015 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
Oct 18, 2007 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 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-possession
Συνταρακτικό, σύνθετο και περισσότερο βαθύ από όσο φαίνεται αρχικά. Τις τελευταίες 150 σελίδες περίπου τις διάβασα μονορούφι.
K.Z. Snow
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Nov 12, 2010 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!
Apr 23, 2009 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 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
aka Ruth Rendell. Writes the best psychological mysteries in my opinion
Jan 18, 2010 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.
Lady Delacour
You never know where
you are going to go
when you start listening to a
Barbara Vine - Ruth Rendell story.
She will certainly surprise you.
Started listening not knowing
anything about this story.
Oh! My! Oh! My! Oh! My!
Narrators did a nice job.
Not Clean. Adult and Foul Language.
Em Chainey (Bookowski)
Jun 29, 2013 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
Nov 26, 2015 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
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is a bit different with twists and turns. Sort of like a soap opera. But it was written in first person. Mainly by the main character, Tim Cornish. He is writing his story; telling his own story. Consequently, some paragraphs are in the past, some are in the present, and some are in the present talking about the past. Most of Tim's story about himself is very introspective. Because of that, it dragged on and on, in my opinion. I almost stopped reading the book several times. The last t ...more
Oct 14, 2012 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
Thorne Moore
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I took time to get into this one, then reached a critical point where I had to finish it, even if I read through to dawn. Allowing that I disliked all the characters, apart from Isabel, I found them all intricately and convincingly drawn. The book is a study of character and the absorbing, harrowing nature of love and hate, desire, obsession and hopelessness. Which meant that I found the ending rather limp – a resolution that belonged to a different kind of book altogether. It’s not a murder mys ...more
Jun 02, 2013 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*
Jun 12, 2015 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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, culled, 2010-read
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.
J'Anne Jackman
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To anyone
Haunting and disturbing. I will always remember Iao.
Ευρυδίκη Amanatidou)
having read it four times, I find it one of her most compelling, a dive into the depths of the human mind and soul.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
A bit drawn out, but then most of the Vine novels are. The setting and scenario are arresting.
Hilary G
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed reading Barbara Vine books in the past - The Birthday Present and Asta's Book being two, in particular, that I remember - so I was pleased to spot this one that I had not read.

I have never really understood why writers need to have more than one persona. Even if the books that each one writes are very different, why can't they be one writer that writes different books? Not that it matters, the name of the author is only useful if you are acquainted with it and want to seek
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
As she so often does, Barbara Vine tells the story of a murder from the point of view of the murderer, in this case beginning with his student days in London. Tim becomes infatuated with Ivo, who strings him along for awhile before beginning an intimate relationship. It's obvious that both are extremely self-centered men with very little in common. This becomes especially apparent when Tim accompanies Ivo on one of his yearly nature cruises in Alaska, where he shares his passion for the geology ...more
Nov 16, 2014 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
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've read over 30 Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine novels. I've liked all of them and loved several. I had a hard time with this one. I set it aside and read another much longer book. I picked it up again only because it's Ruth Rendell. I'm glad I finished it as the last portion was much more interesting than the first. I didn't like the characters and hated spending time with them. They weren't evil enough to be interesting. They were just obnoxious.
Vicky Wils
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I never read Ruth Rendell before but heared great things so I gave it a chance. Honestly, throughout half of the book I felt disappointed. It was written chaotically. It wasn't until halfway the book that the writing became calmer, easier to follow. From then on the book was ok and the ending eventually did make it worth while reading it. I have another Ruth Rendell laying here waiting for me and I'll give it a chance. We'll see what that one brings.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rendell-vine
Vintage Barbara Vine!
I was gripped from page One by the haunting atmosphere of this story of an abusive relationship. There are several unexpected twists to the mystery - the best thing is not to read the blurb to start with, which I think spoils the mystery a bit.
The story is great and the writing is beautiful, making this novel one of Barbara Vine's best. Highly recommended!
Maureen Mathews
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
ery enjoyable.
Harry Tomos
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
read and re read, both readings left me different, thats quite some book
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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
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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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