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Her stories are addictive, with very human tho creepy characters. Loved the old ladies in this one and their dialogue.
Fantastic reader too!
If you like a bit of suspense with sharply drawn characters and unexpected twists you will enjoy this. M
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This is the first Ruth Rendell novels I have "read", but I love the several Barbara Vine novels that I have listened to through Audible........I find it hard to believe that they're written by the same person. This book is repetitive: the reader is subjected to repeated, almost identical descriptions of how badly kept the house is and the extent of the disrepair. This book is static: the characters don't change, they keep saying and doing the same things over and over again, and the plot moves at a snail's pace. The book is derivative: there are no surprises in what happens, there's no undiscovered thoughts or motivations, and the only "surprise" about the ghost is pretty unbelievable and kind of fizzles in the end.
Added to that is the lackluster narration, which is occasionally cliched and occasionally undifferentiated (between characters and times).
A disappointment for this Barbara VIne fan.
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