A Dark-Adapted Eye

A Dark-Adapted Eye

by Barbara Vine, Ruth Rendell
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A Dark-Adapted Eye 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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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.