A Dark-Adapted Eye

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When Faith Severn's aunt was hanged for murder, the reason behind her dark deed died with her. For 30 years, the family hid the truth--until a journalist prompts Faith to peer back to the day when her aunt took knife in hand and entered a child's nursery.
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Overview

When Faith Severn's aunt was hanged for murder, the reason behind her dark deed died with her. For 30 years, the family hid the truth--until a journalist prompts Faith to peer back to the day when her aunt took knife in hand and entered a child's nursery.
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Gerald Simons
"Thrilling...a modern novel with the Victorian virture of deftly devised plot unfolded for the reader with the most cunning art." Sunday Times of London
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452270640
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 406,238
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.83 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Vine is the pseudonym of Ruth Rendell. Considered by many to be Britain's greatest living crime writer, Rendell was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for a lifetime's achievement in crime writing in 1991, which sits nicely next to her four Gold Daggers and one Silver Dagger, and her three Edgar Allen Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, including a Grandmaster Award from the aforementioned MWA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    Slightly confusing, yet gripping

    I honestly couldn't put this one down, mostly because the writer introduces so many characters at once without giving detailed explanations as to how each one fits into the story. One has to read further to make sense of where the story is going. Explanations come gradually later as the web of the Richardson, Longley, and Hillyard families is woven together. As with her book THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER'S BOY, Vine manages to create some pretty unlikeable characters (the exacting, snobbish, unfailingly rude sisters Vera and Eden) as well as the weary, once naive narrator (the neice Faith) who attempts to piece together the thrilling mystery. Vine allows readers to understand middle class British life before and during the WWII years. She expertly explores the mores, behaviors, and manners of the times through the attitudes and explanations of the characters. Yet, she leaves the reader still guessing in the end. I recommend this one, but it might take more than one read through to grasp the specifics of the Vera Hillyard case and the ways in which the different characters fit together.

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