No Night Is Too Long by Barbara Vine, Ruth Rendell
The author's absolute mastery of mood, time and place is brilliantly evoked by the dramatic reading of Alan Cumming. The flashback technique takes the listener from England's stormy Suffolk coast to an Alaskan cruise ship and a desolate island, from an Anchorage bar to a drab Seattle hotel.
Through the journal of Tim, we hear of his obsession for an older academic male, a paleontologist named Ivo, and then of his compelling, true love for Isabel, who has secrets of her own to hide. After Tim takes the ultimate step to destroy Ivo and free himself, he is haunted by guilt, mysterious letters, and ghostly sightings of the dead man. At every point the story skillfully holds off revelation until the last possible minute.
Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell. Barbara Vine's first novel, A Dark-Adapted Eye, won an Edgar Award, the highest honor of the Mystery Writers of America. A Fatal Inversion won the English equivalent, the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award. Her most recent novel, Anna's Book, was published in 1993. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature who holds honorary doctorates from the University of Essex and the University of Bowling, Green, Ohio, she has one grown son and lives with her husband and two cats in a sixteenth-century farmhouse in Suffolk, England.
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