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I've listened to most of Ruth Rendell's books and enjoyed most of them. This one was a disappointment. It started off okay, but it quickly became quite mundane. I saw it through to the end thinking the storyline may develop and become more interesting, it didn't.
Having read this novel in hardback many years ago, I half knew what to expect. The two parallel storylines concerned the loss of John's sister, Cherry, years ago when she was murdered beside the bridge and the more recent desertion of his wife, Jennifer, in favour of her former lover, Peter Moran. In addition, there is a public school spy network operating in the town, spearheaded by Mungo Cameron.
Did I enjoy this book? Well, it was deftly plotted, but I really did find it difficult to get into at times. I also kept muddling up the various schoolboys and their underworld aliases. It was also set in a place, which remained un-named and rather anonymous.
Special mention must be of the novel's narrator, who was brilliantly versatile.
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Too strange for me. Strange kids, strange John. It was difficult to get into the story and once I was there, disliked the strange story as well.
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What a gem this is! My favorite Rendell; the characters and plotting are superb, the suspense mounts to a smashing denouement.