Library Ed. Books on Tape 2007
CS ISBN 978-1-4159-4198-0 $110.00 Seven cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4159-3905-5 $110.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN $31.50
Sisters Ismay and Heather's stepfather is found drowned in the bathtub. Ismay believes her 13-year-old sister killed him, but the coroner rules out unnatural causes. Years later, the sisters share the house--now two flats --with their schizophrenic mother and her caregiver sister. Rosalyn Landor narrates, offering listeners perfect vocal portraits of Ismay and Heather, the men in their lives, their mothers and their aunts. Landor's voice is rich and creamy, an excellent fit for Ruth Rendell's subtlety and wry humor. Fragile sanity, romance, ulterior motives, menace, manipulation, and murder highlight Rendell's latest psychological Chinese box. More than a suspense or mystery story, Rendell's novel offers deep insights into people, and Landor's spot-on performance explores the corrosive effects of secrets, delusion, and guilt. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 08]
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