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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: July 1, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003VXNCH6
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A Fatal Inversion Audiobook – Unabridged
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I don't usually read Rendell - but I love Vine - same person, but writes as two completely different people. The Vine stories are compelling, and very much character driven. (Should you try this book and like it, try "Minotaur" as well - you'll feel like one of the neighbors, shaking your head and speculating well into the night.)
Also, a real surprise ending. I was reading along too fast as I really wanted to know what was going to happen. Then I reached the end. My reaction was WHAT? I had to go back and re-read a few pages. I still had to think about it for a bit. It was great. A really good book.
Most of her books share a unique style of mystery, whereby it is less "who done it" than "what is the missing piece here." You could say the mystery is typically, "What is the mystery?"
In Fatal Inversion, this turns out to be truly stunning, ironic, and, if you choose to stop and think about it, quite profound. We meet a cast of very believable characters from the era of upheaval that struck our society two thirds of the way through the past century. Not a single character is two dimensional; in fact, each is a credible person who would have fit in with the real people I knew in those times. We follow some of the characters over the years that follow, and the trajectories of their lives ring perfectly true.
When I read the ending of the book, my emotional satisfaction was similar to what I have often felt upon completing a great short story such as "The Necklace" or "The Monkey's Paw." But the story lingers with me beyond that initial reaction, striking at something much deeper, and coming to mind at the oddest times. The story has truly added perspective to my understanding of real life people I knew back then, important distinctions between the kinds of people that populated those times of turmoil.
I am convinced that this is a novel that deserves a far greater reputation than it has received.