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4.0 out of 5 stars 13 year old Rynn vies to survive on her own...can/does she?, August 15, 1997
This review is from: The little girl who lives down the lane (Hardcover)
Yes, Jodie Foster starred in the 1976 movie. But the book by Laird Koenig is really worth a look.
Rynn, 13-year-old daughter of an english poet, is instructed by her departing father to SURVIVE. That shouldn't be hard on a civilized New England island very like Nantucket, especially if you have a three-year lease paid in full and a semi-inexhaustable supply of cash in a safe deposit box...should it?
Frank Hallet, a filthy rich blue-blooded pedophile doesn't help Rynn's chances. Neither do a couple of bodies under a trap door in the parlor.
But believe me, you will cheer for the witty Rynn as you turn each page of this efficiently crafted little page-turner.
The writing is spot-on, and the ending is so wonderfully surprising and subtle as to invoke thoughts of Henry James and The Turn of the Screw.
Read it by the fire, in one sitting, preferably on a rainy October evening. I bought my copy (a fine, well-preserved, pretty little black hardback) for 25 cents at a book sale. Even if Amazon can't match that deal, the book is pure enjoyment.
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