- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: February 4, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BANPHWM
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I have often thought that the unbalanced people she writes about are not from the real world but are unstable beings from Rendell-land and are suffering from Rendelloses; they are unique in their nuttiness to her fictional world. But still fun to read about nonetheless. There are a number of character strands to follow in this book, and they intersect sometimes a little too coincidentally. The heart of this book is built around two inseparable sisters, their lovers, and a murder or two. Some of her characters seem to teeter on the cusp of falling into a Rendellian abyss.
I would not read her if I didn't find her books to be absorbing, well-plotted, and possessing a narrative thrust. Rendell is a fine stylist. I don't think she has created many characters who weren't compelling and interesting. She seldom pads her books; almost every ingredient is essential, leading to a gripping conclusion. I recommend this book highly. Though I have never met her, I feel it was written by a close, gifted friend who has a few minor weaknesses which I am being petty to quibble about.
This buildup which takes place in the first half or so of the book is among the finest writing Rendell has done. Unfortunately, she appears to have lost interest in the book at about the midway mark and from then on seems to be rushing to get things wound up and finished. A major plot segment turns on a coincidence so unlikely that it makes the reader lose confidence in the plot. At the end, what seemed to have been some tantalizing buildups to some shocking revelations turn out to be leadins to rather dull conclusions. At the end, the reader is left hanging as to the outcome of some intended marriages and future developments, which might be tantalizing if we cared more about the characters. Since the second half disappoints, we don't really care much about what happens to any of them beyond a strong desire to kick a few across the room in disgust. That maybe what Rendell intended, but the feeling that she just finished the book to fulfill a contractual obligation is too strong to make that really believable.