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“This compact, well-told and extraordinarily atmospheric story packs more punch than many much longer books.” -- The Guardian
“Reads like a particularly grim Grimm’s Fairy Tale, with an all-too-credible contemporary setting.... Gratifyingly menacing.” -- Daily Mail (UK)
“A compulsive (and gruesome) read.” -- Independent (UK)
“Contemporary crime writing at its absolute peak.” -- Val McDermid --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Minette Walters is an internationally bestselling author with more than 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide. She is the author of twelve novels, winning the CWA John Creasey Award for The Ice House, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Sculptress and two CWA Gold Daggers for The Scold’s Bridle and Fox Evil. She lives in Dorset with her husband. After a break of 10 years, she burst on to the literary scene with her first stunning historical novel, The Last Hours.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0163BZ1NU
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (February 2, 2016)
- Publication date : February 2, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1355 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 192 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #381,747 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This novel grabs and holds you for the first third. The writer clearly studied carefully the culture of the black Africans featured in the book. Frankly, Walters' previous works demonstrate a keen ability to understand and appreciate cultures that are remarkably different from hers. This is a wonderful skill for a fiction writer because everything in the book is not dependent on a writer's limited exposure and cultural biases. This skill was obvious to me when she published "The Shape of Snakes" many years ago.
The leading characters were introduced nicely, and without any burden to the reader. The violence was graphic. The sexual assaults were described as they should be described -- as foul, ugly attacks on a vulnerable and innocent person. The plot develops and emerges nicely.
The introduction of the secret room in the basement reminded me of the writing technique used in one of Poe's short stories.
I found extremely impressive Walters' sense of, and description of, the mind and function of a young, uneducated and illiterate girl. She shifted with ease to very simple and very basic terms from the perspective of this person to describe her experiences as a very young captive and slave. Getting into the mind of this youngster, she never used polite or anatomical terms to describe parts of the body. Walters' clearly has the depth and the capacity to get into the mind of this character and describe the world and events of a person who never was taught anything. By way of examples, this black African girl describes the persons from outside her home -- her prison -- simply as "the white." (This reference was descriptive and fair; they actually were white people and the persons she lived with all were black.) Following a sexual assault and a violent penetration, the girl describes her vagina as "my hole." A simple mind might see a part of the body this way.
Following two homicides, the middle of the book gets weak. I found it somewhat boring.
The end of this publication was extremely weak. It just left me hanging unfairly.
Overall, this is a decent book. As I mentioned earlier, the beginning was very good; the character development was very good; the plot was developed well; the featured African culture was handled nicely; and the dialogue was clear and precise. What follows the first third was disappointing.