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- Audible.com Release Date: May 5, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0028TY0X4
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An Unkindness of Ravens: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Amniocentesis indicates that she's carrying a girl. Very appropriate, since the murder Wexford and Burden are investigating revolves around families with daughters and the girls' roles in their families and in society. In this multi-layered story, we see every possible female "type" - from the traditional non-driving housewife whose husband doles out her housekeeping money to the man-hating lesbian P.E. teacher who forms a society of teen-aged girls dedicated to complete independence and keeping male-female relationships to a bare minimum!
It's a mystery, so there are twists and turns and red herrings and no happy ending. Like all of Rendell's books, most of the characters are eerily similar to people you know, although you may wish you didn't. She's just a fine writer, by the standards of any genre.
In order to spice up her boring narrative, Rendell introduces a quasi-feminist organization into the story. Her attempts at creating a credible parody of feminism are nothing short of constipated and, once again, painfully boring.
Now, if you thought that Rendell could not have possibly created a character more annoying than the uptight and judgmental Mike Burden, guess again. Burden's second wife is a lot more annoying than Burden ever was (even in that novel where he wished the woman he loved lost her child, so that he'd have less mouths to feed.) In AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS, the Burden household descends into the kind of insanity that lacks any credibility whatsoever.
I usually devour Rendell's books in one or two sittings. She is a beautiful author whose books I will never tire of reading. This novel, however, is one of those rare mistakes that any great writer makes from time to time. The characters in AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS are cartoonish, the "mystery" is transparent, and the story develops extremely slowly.
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