- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 7, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NLKGGFY
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Top Customer Reviews
It is fairly obvious who one of the hands belongs to but the reader must wait until almost the end of the book to find out who is the other victim. I thought the characters were well developed and the author paints a vivid picture of their lives as adults. I thought it was interesting how the dynamics between the group changed and developed as the discovery of the hands leads to them talking about what happened that Summer when the murders probably took place.
If you're looking for a conventional crime novel then this may not be for you but if you're looking for an excellent novel about how people change - and don't change - during their lifetime then this may be of interest to you. Whether or not you enjoy crime novels this is worth reading for its development of character and the way small events can have huge repercussions at the time as well as many years later. I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from NetGalley.
It isn't accurate to call The Girl Next Door a whodunnit because the perpetrator is obvious from the beginning. Nor is the motive for the crime in doubt. The police investigation is dealt with in some detail, but it's not the main story. What makes this book so absorbing is its revelations about the impact the tin box's discovery has on the group, now in their 70s and 80s, who come together to refresh their memories of that long ago summer and rekindle old relationships. As is to be expected at that age, the members of the group have experienced illnesses and loss of loved ones, have married and produced children, have fallen in and out of love, and sometimes question the wisdom of their life choices. Over a period of about a year their lives take new turns and are forever altered by the box's discovery.
As always Ruth Rendell has produced a fine psychological study with some extremely interesting characters. I enjoyed reading about their ups and downs and seeing how the interplay of characters and the impact of some seemingly minor events altered their lives. The book ends with the mystery of the tin box resolved and most of the characters set on new pathways. It's a great story that deserves its place (along with the rest of Rendell's 60-something books) on your shelves.
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Too many characters , not interesting, at all. . I was glad when I finished. 3 days after finishing completely forgot what it was about.