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A Dark-Adapted Eye

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  • Title: A Dark-Adapted Eye
  • Author: Barbara Vine Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780141040189
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Barbara Vine Ruth Rendell

    Pseudonym of Ruth Rendell.Rendell created a third strand of writing with the publication of A Dark Adapted Eye under her pseudonym Barbara Vine in 1986 Books such as King Solomon s Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Anna s Book original UK title Asta s Book inhabit the same territory as her psychological crime novels while they further develop themes of family misunderstandings and the side effects of secrets kept and crimes done Rendell is famous for her elegant prose and sharp insights into the human mind, as well as her ability to create cogent plots and characters Rendell has also injected the social changes of the last 40 years into her work, bringing awareness to such issues as domestic violence and the change in the status of women.

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  1. A crime has been committed by Vera Hillyard and she was charged, convicted and executed with few hints about the victim and motive 30 years later, A reporter who wants to write a biography of Vera approaches a woman called Faith who is Vera s niece and ask for her help So Faith accepts the task and while she at it, recalls the events of the past, where Vera s story is slowly revealed from the distant past until the moment of the murder I would have give it 5 stars if the beginning wasn t a bit c [...]


  2. This book was apparently Ruth Rendell s introduction as Barbara Vine One could not, by any means, classify this as a typical suspense mystery It is clearly,as we have become better acquainted with Vine, one of sophisticated, intricate and complex plotting To rehash the details of this tale is unnecessary here, for many others have done so.It is not a fast moving novel, but one of subtlety and careful, deliberate attention to details This is the story of an English family, traced through the 20th [...]


  3. There s a running joke between me and a friend of mine about jazz music We d be out at a club or jazz festival, and once the music moves into an obscure fusion phase, he d lean over to me and say, See, here s where the music gets too smart for me.I had a similar feeling after finishing this novel There were far too many characters to keep track of and I actually had to write down on a piece of paper the family tree to have any hope of continuing to read forward While I admire her for coming up w [...]


  4. More later, but in my opinion, this is Rendell Vine at her very best It s also one of the most powerful stories she s ever written, and I ve read most of them so I feel okay about making that statement.


  5. When a journalist contacts Faith Severn in the interest of writing a book about the execution of her aunt Vera Hillyard, Faith slowly reveals and unravels the story of the Hillyard family complete in it s complicities and claustrophobias After her parents death, Vera leaves her young son and military husband in the care of others and undertakes the role of mother to her younger sister, Eden Vera and Eden s relationship is extremely close and secretive, often excluding all other parties Living in [...]


  6. Imagine driving down a country highway The posted speed limit is 55 and you are stuck following a vehicle traveling at 40 You pull off on an alternate route hoping to speed the drive up Unfortunately you find yourself now traveling behind a combine going 30 You can t deny the landscape is beautiful and that your car runs well is a bonus That, however, does nothing to alleviate the frustration of such a slow ride Distracted, you get lost, and finally forget where you were heading.That was my expe [...]


  7. Wow what an introduction to Ruth Rendell Barbara Vine I suppose this would be considered a psychological suspense mystery, where the suspense is maintained throughout the novel even though the reader knows very early that a murder has occurred and a murderer has hanged So many have reviewed this book that I don t feel the need to say much but, if you haven t yet read any of this series as I hadn t , run to your library or bookstore and begin Since this is the first of Rendell s books writing as [...]


  8. This was hard work It has the flavour of a police report or schoolboy essay it s very important to get all the information in detail exactly who all the characters are what they ate but style or interest are alien concepts to the author It s very dry it took me a long time to get into it The novel seems to be building to some climactic revelation but there is none There is a sort of a secret but this is telegraphed from the start so hardly any kind of surprise when the narrator finally wakes up [...]


  9. Nos romances policiais de Ruth Rendell Barbara Vine n o s o os corpos assassinados que s o dissecados, sangrados s o as mentes dos que morrem, dos que matam, dos que sobrevivem O amor de m e por seu filho diferente de qualquer outra coisa no mundo Ele n o obedece lei ou piedade, ele ousa todas as coisas e extermina sem remorso tudo o que ficar em seu caminho Agatha Christie


  10. This classic crime mystery is on sale for Kindle right now at 2.99 You can get yours here It s been on my TBR for eons Maybe I ll get to it soon.


  11. I hadn t read any books of Barbara Vine or of her other name Ruth Rendell I went in to this with no expectations whatsoever What I found was a tightly plotted yarn, but at the same time, it moved at a glacial pace There s a subversion almost, of the whodunnit mystery genre Vine tells us immediately who the killer was, and who got killed It s the whys and wherefores that we are concerned with in the rest of the novel.Faith Severn, the niece of the hanged murderess Vera Hillyard, is approached by [...]


  12. I read this because of the note I found at the end of Rendell s Shake Hands Forever, describing why she began the Barbara Vine series Evidently she was always called by two names, since her mother s Scandinavian family had trouble pronouncing Ruth And they came to symbolize two different personalities for her She describes them this way Ruth and Barbara are two aspects of me Ruth is tougher, colder, analytical, possibly aggressive Ruth has written all the novels, created Chief Inspector Wexfor [...]


  13. My first book of 2016 One of my favourite authors, as well as favourite genre.Ruth Rendell Barbara Vine always delivers what she promises to i.e toothy, dark, psychological mysteries, with lots of troubled minds and secrets, with a murder or two thrown in, which can be either immediate, or long forgotten.This is the first book written by Ruth Rendell as Barbara Vine, and towards the end, she gives an explanation about both her names, which is as interesting as the story she has written.In a Dark [...]


  14. I enjoy most of the books by Barbara Vine Ruth Rendell this was not one of them I was very focused while reading this story but I still had a difficult time following all the different characters that appeared periodically throughout the book I found myself going back through the text multiple times to figure out what the character s role was This happened throughout the read Maybe it is my failing It is not a very suspenseful book the story builds the end toward what is revealed in the beginnin [...]


  15. Two sisters, devoted to each other over many years, one carrying for the other like a mother How could the older ever have been convicted of killing the younger This is the question that the novel attempts to answer Well written, it is a story of a British family over a twenty year period from the 1930s up to 1950 On the surface, a perfectly proper if snobby family situation But peel the facade away to reveal a properly dysfunctional scene of obsession taken to the breaking point This book was a [...]



  16. If you are looking for a light, easy to read book where the ending ties everything up in a neat bow, then this is not the book for you This is a complex read where the narrator slowly unfolds events of the past We are introduced to a vast array of family and friends, some important, some mere names, but we don t know who is important and who is not The time frame shifts and changes as the narrator, Faith, recalls almost at random, events from the past For the first few chapters I was left adrift [...]


  17. I have just read my very first Barbara Vine novel, A Dark Adapted Eye Once I d finished it, I took a quick peek at some of the reader reviews that have been posted for the book on They are fascinating and insightful, again driving it home to me that a reader s experience with a novel, though in some part down to mood and situation, is often a matter of whether or not the book assuming the work itself is basically sound finds the audience the author hoped to reach.I understand A Dark Adapted Eye [...]


  18. This book would have been 5 stars except for a pesky issue I had with a device used to build suspense and keep from giving away future revelations There are lots of characters in this story, most related, which can make it confusing enough but sprinkling their first names only into the action before explaining who they were had me flipping back and forth quite a bit It got so bad that I wrote out a family tree to reference However, once you have the characters in place in your head, the story ta [...]


  19. Some decades ago, not so long after the end of World War II, Faith s Aunt Vera was hanged for the murder of Faith s Aunt Eden, and now a true crime writer wants to write a book about the case, the trial and the execution As Faith decides whether or not to help him, and then how she might best do so, her memories of the events leading up to the murder, and of all the personalities involved, slowly resolve themselves until she and we gain a clearer picture of what went on, and the family secrets a [...]


  20. I basically feel Ruth Rendell can do no wrong, and I particularly love all the Vine books This one s my least favorite, though That is weird for me, because I once sat in an audience and heard Rendell call it her favorite book the one she s most proud of, and I can see why It s just, the ending doesn t do it for me really I admire the way that in one rather important matter of fact the answer could could be A or B, and the book works, whichever one you choose I suppose in a way it s like the rea [...]


  21. This was recommended to me by a coworker who said it was very creepyFaith has lived under the shadow of her aunt Vera, who was hanged for murder when Faith was in college Years later, she receives word from a man who wants to write a book about Vera s crime and her motives This takes Faith on a trip down memory lane, where the reader gains insight into a strange family dynamic that leads to murder.It was a slow read I found it a bit difficult to get into I was intrigued by the dynamics of the fa [...]


  22. Not your typical mystery, for what is in doubt here is not whodunnit or what they have done we are told from the outset that Vera is to be hanged for murder but who the victim is and why the crime was committed.Using flashbacks something I usually dislike, but which Vine is an absolute master at Vera s neice tells us how the whole situation came about, using as a frame to the novel the fact that someone wants to write about her aunt s crime and trial.And so the reader is dragged into a tight kni [...]


  23. Since I like Ruth Rendell, I thought I d try her alter ego, Barbara Vine This edition of Rendell s first book as Vine has an interesting little afterword by the author, discussing her decision to write books under another name, one she thinks of as another aspect of herself she says she thought books by Barbara rather than Ruth would turn out a softer voice sensitive perhaps, and intuitive Indeed, A Dark Adapted Eye is introspective and slowly paced than those of Rendell s books I ve read.It [...]


  24. I can t say I liked this much it is relentlessly sordid and unpleasant but I think it is well done for what it is The author has succeeded in creating characters so unattractive and unsympathetic our narrator, a young member of the family who gradually presents us with the story of her family s embarrassing history, constantly reminds us of what selfish, sneaky, pretentious people they are that there is not much chance the reader will feel anything but the mildest curiosity about the whys and wh [...]


  25. Wonderful, tragic, amazingly ambiguous book that demands to be read than once I love Vine Rendell s courage in leaving the central enigma unsolved I love the way she gradually creates sympathy for Vera, who in the beginning of the book seems absolutely unsalvageable not because she s a convicted murderess, but because she was so unkind, exacting, hysterical, narrow minded, and cold when her niece was young It doesn t seem possible that this horrible woman could end as a figure of such pathos an [...]


  26. This book would be five stars if it weren t so hard to get started on The narrator appropriately assumes that you already know a lot of the stories and characters involved It gives great integrity to the book but oh lordy it s hard to read.Spoilers to follow that go beyond theories of who was Jamie s mother Proceed with care.I think the dark adapted eye on the title isn t Faith s, but the reader s I finished the book last night and went, I don t think Vera killed those kids Or neglected that one [...]


  27. Ahhhhh what a splendid novel I finished the book with a deep sigh of content and a great appreciation for the fiercely intelligent and moving story that unfolded relentlessly Ostensibly this novel is about a murder long past but vividly remembered From the rocketing start the book oozes foreboding and menace while confidently announcing both the murdered and the murderer, the tension builds as the circle of victims and accomplices ever increases A splendid start, a tense middle and a shocking ex [...]


  28. A great human desire driven gothic novel about a family Vine Rendell has the ability to make the reader even feel sorry for the murderer This is an incredibly well done book.


  29. Sin duda una de las mejores novelas que he le do en toda mi vida Los personajes son bastante realistas, y nos muestran su lado m s ego sta, sobre todo en el caso de Vera y Eden.


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