Sometimes it’s best to leave the past alone. For when biographer Martin Nanther looks into the life of his famous great-grandfather Henry, Queen Victoria’s favorite physician, he discovers some rather unsettling coincidences, like the fact that the doctor married the sister of his recently murdered fiancée. The more Martin researches his distant relative, the more fascinated—and horrified—he becomes. Why did people have a habit of dying around his great grandfather? And what did his late daughter mean when she wrote that he’s done “monstrous, quite appalling things”?
Barbara Vine (a.k.a. Ruth Rendell) deftly weaves this story of an eminent Victorian with a modern yarn about the embattled biographer, who is watching the House of Lords prepare to annul membership for hereditary peers and thus strip him of his position. Themes of fate and family snake throughout this teasing psychological suspense, a typically chilling tale from a master of the genre.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)|
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When a female author writes in the first person as a man, she deserves some credit, but when she writes so well that you feel you are that man, she deserves a 5-star rating. Wow! This book is loaded with facts and details about genealogy, British Parliament and medical abnormalities while being embroiled with mystery as well. This is my favorite Barbara Vine books, for many reasons. It was very interesting.
Ruth Rendell seems able to write from practically Any point of view and do it well, just one of her many strengths as a writer. I learned so much from this book and enjoyed it greatly
Helped put me to sleep every night