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When mystery author Ruth Rendell writes as Barbara Vine, you might say that she is a novelist-within-a-novelist, just as you might describe The Child's Child as a novel-within-a-novel. This captivating story focuses on Grace and Andrew Easton, a brother-and-sister ensconced in an old family house. The arrival of the brother's new boyfriend James disrupts the peace of the household, but that stressor intensifies after Andrew and James witness a friend's murder outside a London nightclub. As the pair struggle to cope with the trauma of the event, Grace escapes into the manuscript of a never-published novel, entitled (you guessed it) "The Child's Child." Only an author with Rendell/Vine's mastery could create a work as adroitly resonant as this.