- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 1, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003Y5324O
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Guy, who made his fortune through all kinds of criminal activities, is obsessed with his childhood girlfriend Leonora. GOING WRONG traces in the most minute and stunningly realistic detail imaginable the progression of a stalker's descent into insanity and the unhealthy dynamic of his relationship with his - I cannot possibly say 'victim' in this case - fully participating enabler. Guy and Leonora haven't been romantically involved for years, yet they continue a decidedly unhealthy relationship that distorts reality for both of them and that can only lead to tragedy.
Rendell knows how to make you see the world through the eyes of a disturbed individual. GOING WRONG continues the great tradition she started in her award-winning A Demon in My View of depicting how unstable the human psyche can be. This is a novel of psychological suspense, not a police procedural. It is very different from Rendell's Inspector Wexford series which in no way detracts from the value of this outstanding novel.
Childhood sweethearts, Guy is sure that Leonora would never choose another man over him, and this fixation makes it impossible to enjoy the good things in his life. The tension mounts as his madness increases until the reader begins to fear for the safety of all those around Leonora.
He carries a torch for Leonora who was his girlfriend when she was a child but who is now engaged to another man. Leonora does, however, allow Guy to meet her for lunch every Saturday and she strings him along in other ways, as well. The book has a large cast of unlikeable characters and seems to plod on and on without actually arriving anywhere. The ending is ironic but not terribly surprising.
Rendell still has a way with words and does the best she can to keep the story moving so I stuck with it until the bitter end.
The author does no less in this well-written novel, as she leads the reader into the mind and world of Guy Curran, a handsome, young man from the slums who has led a hard scrabble life, elevating himself from the bowels of poverty by dint of his own hard work and acquiring great wealth in the process . Unfortunately for him, that hard work included some less than reputable dealings in the drug trade, which provided the capital for his now legitimate businesses.
For years, Guy has been obsessively in love with Leonora Chisholm, an upper class miss who, after years of being his reluctant childhood sweetheart, has rejected him and all the trappings of wealth and comfort he has to offer her. She prefers to live in genteel poverty with her friends, while acquiring a new boyfriend whom her family and friends like. Guy is convinced some of his past, shady dealings have come to the attention of someone in Leonora's family or inner circle. He believes that that individual has persuaded Leonora to turn away from him.
Now, who would go and do such a thing? Read this well-written book and join Guy in the process of eliminating the likely suspect in this twisted tale of obsessive love.