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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Vine Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Like most families, they had their secrets...

...and they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the '50s was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors - even murder.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/18/2014

    " Oh, 40 pages until book group tonight! I'm hooked now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 2/12/2014

    " An oldie but goodie. Very nice. Barbara Vine is aka Ruth Rendell. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Delany | 1/21/2014

    " Damn, this one was tedious and depressing. I didn't make it past 30 pages. I couldn't get interested in any of the characters, nor in the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg Gleason | 1/18/2014

    " Bleh. No idea why this won the Edgar Award. No real mystery (telegraphed throughout), no suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/18/2014

    " When reading the book jacket, I was intriqued & thought how creepy this book could be. The jacket was misleading. The beginning was good and the end was even better, however the middle was nothing to be desired & I found it very difficult to stay engaged. It seemed to ramble & go off on tangents that made it hard to follow past vs. present. The premise of the book was very good and the author did weave a tale, but it was all too boring in the middle and didn't come together until the very end - where you wanted to read the last chapter to figure out the story she tried to tell through the entire slow-moving book. I also have to say that I would not categorize this book as "creepy". Maybe a bit ahead of it's time, but not creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/9/2014

    " Nice and eerie. Thanks, Angie, for the recommendation! I've got another of hers on my shelf and plan to read it as soon as I'm done with my Highsmith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Clifford | 12/22/2013

    " An interesting book. It is a PBS special. As I read it I thought it would make a more interesting special than a book but all in all entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 12/19/2013

    " A very different story from other books I've read by Barbara Vine. Took time, but worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leonora | 11/29/2013

    " A fun book, well written but ultimately predictable. I found it somewhat annoying in the degree to which it wallowed in its own mysteriousness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/25/2013

    " Complex, engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/13/2013

    " A great human desire driven gothic novel about a family. Vine (Rendell) has the ability to make the reader even feel sorry for the murderer. This is an incredibly well done book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alie | 7/2/2013

    " I adore all the Barbara Vine books. They are true 'psychological' thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 4/5/2013

    " Lots of summary makes for lots of boring. I wanted to know all the secrets, but if I wasn't reading this for school I probably would have discarded it before I got halfway through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schmerica | 2/26/2013

    " I loved this - definitely my favorite so far of the Barbara Vines I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/8/2012

    " I loved this book. One of the best, if not the best, mystery-thriller I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/31/2012

    " One of the most heart-wrenching books I have ever read. I was so deeply involved I couldn't read it before bedtimes because I was afraid of the nightmares I would have - as the mother of a small blond boy with brown eyes and olive skin. Extremely engrossing. It broke my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Pennington | 8/21/2012

    " This was my second reading. I just love the way this story unfolds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kent Hayden | 5/29/2012

    " This is one of Ruth Rendell's alternate pen names. I guess I'm on a Rendell streak "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/13/2012

    " Suspenseful and mysterious, this well-written novel tells of a family ripped apart by secrets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jz | 4/28/2012

    " It took a while for me to get into this one, but it was worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea | 4/20/2012

    " I'll write a review later, but holy crap, was this a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/6/2012

    " one of my all time favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 7/9/2011

    " I can't remember if I read the book first, or watched the film first, and the two are now inseparable in my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/28/2011

    " This was my second reading. I just love the way this story unfolds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 4/4/2011

    " Exactly the page-turning story I needed while ill and tired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 2/1/2011

    " Average Barbara Vine for me, although it won awards. I thought the 'mystery' part of it a bit weak, but Rendell-Vine's usual cast of quirky characters, dark mood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 1/9/2011

    " Took a while to get into, far too many characters introduced at the start. Hard to put down once I got into it. Good tale of family secrets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 10/29/2010

    " My first Barbara Vine book, though I've read lots of Ruth Rendell (Vine is a pen name).
    I like the way the story unfolds. Though not a mystery per se, it kept my interest while I tried to figure out not whodunit, but why-she-did-it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schmerica | 10/14/2010

    " I loved this - definitely my favorite so far of the Barbara Vines I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 8/24/2010

    " Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine but the mystery is still rather grim,
    a story of family secrets that results in the hanging of one sister and the stabbing to death of another sister. Complex with psychological overtones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 8/18/2010

    " An oldie but goodie. Very nice. Barbara Vine is aka Ruth Rendell. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margo | 2/4/2010

    " The meandering prose of the author requires the reader to search in earnest through the words to find the story.

    Sheesh. Apparently, the prose was too complicated for me. I don't want to SORT through the words or WORK to find the meaning. I just wanna read... and enjoy the journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 12/17/2009

    " This book feels like somebody is writing about their family history. I think this would only be interesting for that family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/7/2009

    " I know no more after reading the book, than before I read the book. Very slow then the last 50 pages or so were good, but did not answer most of the questions of the story line. Very hard to follow, especially in the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 11/10/2009

    " I am a huge fan of Ruth Rendell and Barbara Vine, and this is one of my favorites. A woman trying to piece together the circumstances and the secrets that have followed her since from the brutal murder she witnessed as a child is a recipe greatness. Vera is utterly fascinating/creepy/bizarre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 10/13/2009

    " Very well written but the plot falls apart for me a bit at the end. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Vine

Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell, who has won numerous awards, including three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as three Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.

About the Narrator

Harriet Walter was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 for Best Actress in a Revival for her performances in Twelfth Night, A Question Of, and Three Sisters. In 1999 she was named a Commander of the Order of British Empire by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.