A Fatal Inversion

A Fatal Inversion

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ISBN-13: 9781491535493
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger and two Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America. She has also won the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

On TV, William Gaminara stars as Dr. Leo Dalton in the BBC's Silent Witness. He has also appeared in Hope and Glory, People like Us, The Broker's Man, Casualty, Attachments and he has written an episode of The Lakes. His voice is recognisable to fans of The Archers - he played Richard Locke - and he is a regular reader for Radio 4.

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A Fatal Inversion 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
laurent on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Loved that book. Absolutely memorable characters & atmosphere.
HighlandLad on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A psychological crime thriller, it¿s hardly a whodunit, more a whatwasdun, and even more, a whowasdun... and why? There¿s some truly expert plotting in this story. Privileged 19 year-old student Adam Vere-Smith inherits from his great-uncle the old country house of Ecalpemos (read it backwards) in the lovely English Suffolk countryside around Nunes (Bures?), and in the long hot summer of 1976 sets up a hippy-like commune for the season. There¿s a terrific sense of time and place built in, and the characters are all highly realistic, none enitrely loveable, all with major character flaws, prejudices and imperfections. Just like real life. But the book is written from the viewpoint of autumn 1986, when the police have uncovered human bones, dating back about 10 years. Who killed who, and why? It comes to a thrilling conclusion ¿ though those who insist on a traditional Hollywood-style ending may be left slightly miffed. Totally original, it¿s impossible to put down once started, so be warned, and enjoy...
ruthm2010 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The story begins when the bodies of a young woman and a baby are found buried in the grounds of a country house. Ten years before a group of young people had spent the summer there and gradually the story of what happened unfolds. A wickedly clever twist at the end makes you want to immediately re-read. Gripping.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I think Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine likes writing about Bohemian Youth types, and there are plenty of them in this book. The atmosphere is created very well, but I wasn't too sure about the plot. There wasn't very much mystery, as it was clear from an early stage what had happened. I was waiting for a clever twist but it didn't materialise
Bookmarque on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ruth Rendell gets suspense. She does not take the easy way out. She does not go for the obvious. Instead we get cryptic hints. Isolated incidents that have greater portent. Mysterious names of rooms at Ecalpemos. Dropped references to firearms. Remembrances of the victims. All fiendishly designed to keep us up well past our bedtimes just to see what happens next. The past and the present enmeshed in a sinuous narrative style.Another thing Rendell is good at, and it especially shines when she¿s writing as Barbara Vine, is giving us characters that are compelling, but not entirely likeable. That¿s what elevates her characters far above the usual caricatures of many novelists. Not one person in this story was entirely likable or unlikeable. In some ways they are relatable and in others completely alien. A nice touch if you are deft enough to carry if off. No one is completely ordinary and no one is a freak. It makes their actions much more plausible.The fantasy of the commune looms large again. Adam is seduced the ambience and charm of his inherited English estate and through direct and indirect invitations, people descend and take up residence. Inherited as a complete surprise as it was long thought it would be left to his scheming and kow-towing father. Lewis is another person we are delighted to see bad things happen to. It was a nice pay off to see how utterly powerless he was in the face of the fact that he did not inherit. Funny. Adam even invents a caretaker to keep his father away, saying something about how he had to guard against squatters, meaning dad. They both knew what he meant and it was a lovely moment to savor.The events that lead up to the somewhat unsatisfying ending are strange though. A lot of the witnesses to the killing end up dead through no direct involvement of the murderer himself. Adam wouldn¿t have it in him to kill again, but the people who could really finger him are conveniently dead or soon will be. Adam even remarks to Rufus that when the bones first turned up that it would be the time in detective novels for them to be bumping off all of the potential witnesses. The very last bit I saw coming as soon as one girl appeared in another¿s dress though, something I rarely do with Rendell. All in all, nicely done. A fey little murder set in an otherwise idyllic location.
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