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- 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.,
At first it seems as if these three lives constitute three different plots - running parallel in that their protagonists all find themselves in precarious desperation, but being otherwise essentially unrelated. However, as the story gets under way, these three lives often begin to insect in surprising ways. We begin to see the fatefulness of it all.
With Rendell, the characters and the movement of the plot are primary. She writes without pretension or elaboration, except possibly when it comes to describing her characters’ clothes. Here again, as in some of her other books, she perhaps goes into a little too much detail, describing toggle buttons, Black Watch tartan skirts, polo collars, etc. These paragraphs begin to read like one of J. Peterman’s catalogues as portrayed in “Seinfeld.” But for the most part, Rendell writes fluidly.
There are complex insights embedded in the simplicity of her style though. For example, she tells that Benet stuck a pin in herself in order to have “a different focus of pain.” With those few words, she gives us as good a grasp of the motive behind the practice of self-mutilation as I’ve ever read.
She quotes another character’s dislike of looking in the surrounding bedroom mirrors when he makes love. She explains that “his love was here and now.” Oh, to have a partner like that!
Rendell’s characters come from different strata of society, and talk differently. Each one is unique, and Rendell writes them all so believably, rather than making them all reflections of herself. In this way, she is unlike, for example Dorothy Sayers, most of whose mystery novel characters strike the same note of detached urbanity.
Rendell, especially in this novel, is real, gripping, and intense.