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The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine
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Sep 02, 2011

it was amazing

A fabulous book, probably Vine's best so far. Really made me think, was shocking but proved that people aren't always what they seem. Did not want to get to the end of this story because I was so involved in the characters.

Favourite quotes:

'She was staring at the couple like a pet car in front of an empty plate' p. 45

'She had come home and luxuriated in her solitude, drinking too much and falling asleep fully clothed on the hearthrug'. P. 289

'Robert has his own beliefs about those who were excessively indulged in childhood. They started off as high achievers but never fulfilled their early promise'. P. 215

'Isn't it a fact that you aren't very much interested in someone who's very very interested in you? His interest in you takes up all the time, sort of occupies all the space.' p. 234

'It is always helpful when we have some dreaded task to perform, to tell ourselves that preliminary work must first be done, the ground prepared. Postponement could thus be entirely justified.' p.241
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