Book pak BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1997
CS ISBN 0745167330 $54.95 Six cassettes
Ruth Rendell continues to deserve the high praise she receives for her psychologically complex crime stories. Listeners will avidly follow the story of a London surburban couple trapped in a relationship from which death seems the only escape. Actor Simon Russell Beale narrates this gripping story with a quiet intensity that suits the tale. His vocal approach is understated and pleasant to hear. Evil and treachery lurk in the manicured gardens of Matchdown Park. Beale's performance is outstanding because he controls the listener's experience, building up suspence steadily, and he also makes the listener care about the characters and want the young divorcée to be safe and cared for. Beale manipulates feelings, and tells a fascinating story. D.L.G. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 97]
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