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The suspects are many: Wolff; Eugenie's most recent suitor; her ne'er-do-well brother; Gideon's longtime mentor, who kept in contact with Eugenie in the years after she abandoned her husband and son; and a gentleman of many monikers who boarded with the family at the time of the drowning. Even Richard Davies, the dead woman's ex-husband, is under suspicion. But it's violinist Gideon Davies's quest into his family's past, undertaken to save his career, that sets the book's events in motion. His own telling of the story runs parallel to the author's own voice but is time-shifted. Along with the details of the police investigation, this paints a disturbing picture of what happens when the truth is obscured and a child's normal instincts sublimated.
A Traitor to Memory is massive, and it's hard not to spot a few flaws in a plot so complex. The dual narratives force abnormally slow reading, the motive for one murder and two near-murders is inexplicably glossed over, and many doughty Lynley/Havers fans will still wonder by the end what exactly happened in Sonia's bathroom. Yet Elizabeth George orchestrates the family-secrets theme like a maestro, and at least one of the second-chair players--such as Katja Wolff's beautiful, scarred lover Yasmine Edwards--may be a rising star in the series. George's fans will no doubt find this 11th entry in the series worthy of a standing ovation. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I generally love Elizabeth George's Lynley/Havers novels. This is the exception. Much of the book consists of lengthy introspective entries from the journal that one of the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by David OConnor
This novel was very different from any other of Ms. George's Inspector Lynley novels. The first-person psychological writings of Gideon were most unusual and not at all the style... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rita Gowen
I have read all the previous Lynley books and this one was very disappointing. There were long rants by a young man who is a violin virtuoso who has succumbed to stage fright. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary G
Ms. Whiteis not only complete strory teller but a wonderful guide of England! Whether it is London city or the country side you are court up in her narrative! Love her!!Published 3 months ago by marvin
This was such a slog that I didn't make it to page 100. I usually like Elizabeth George's work—even own her "Write Away" book about writing fiction—but this story takes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Denis Hill
Best Inspector Lynley book yet, and I've read them all.in order!Published 5 months ago by Mary Health Nut
This was a very long and complicated book, however, I enjoyed the characters and the suspense. The end was very puzzling to me and maybe it's what I didn't want to have happen... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nene Larson
The main story is second to the lengthy background to the murders. Not as interesting as most of her other books in this series.Published 6 months ago by marg mcnabb