- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: January 4, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004I1TC8I
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Chief among them is a woman whose young son dies in hospital. Her mad mother kidnaps a replacement child, and the woman cannot force herself to return him. The second character is the boyfriend of the missing child's mother, who is suspected of killing him. Third is a former boyfriend of the child's mother, who is planning his greatest theft and getaway.
By the end of the book, Rendell has wrapped up all three of the stories in this most intricately plotted ending that is still satisfying. Now that I realize that Ms Rendell can write a book without unbalanced killers, I am more willing to take a chance on her. Especially at $1.99 each.
After the book is read and done, the scene in the library still comes to my mind. She's going to abandon the stolen little boy; she's going to leave him in the library where he will be found and properly dealt with. After all, she doesn't love him - he's hardly a reasonable substitute for her own little boy. And then a thought of realization flashes in her head: "Why, I couldn't live without him now."
A solid story that will please the reader, presented in Ruth Rendell's perfect prose. No less than 5 STARS for this little masterpiece.
However the woman's mother, Mopsa,find another litte boy sitting on a wall and brings him to her daughter as a replacement.The woman discovers the the child's mother has not looked after him properly,his back shows signs of continuous abuse. he seems to be an intellient boy and the woman is relucant iot give him up.Mopsa returns to her place in Marbella and after some reluctance to make a decision the woman decides to takre the boy and join her mother in Spain. The book has straightforward upbeat ending, which not always happens in Rendel's books.,
The Tree of Hands challenges the reader on every level. .. emotionally. psychologically, practically, morally.
But that's probably not a surprise for fans .....that's what we've come to expect.
Ruth Rendell is never disapponting and being a non-native speaker of English, her works offer a wonderful mine of knowledge.