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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Vine Narrator: William Gaminara Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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In the long, hot summer of 1976, a group of young people is camping in Wyvis Hall. Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie hardly ask why they are there or how they are to live; they scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms. Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall's animal cemetery. Which woman? And whose child? Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Ridges | 2/17/2014

    " This is a haunting tale of the misdeeds of youth committed one lazy hazy summer when the world looked like the sun would shine for ever and life was beach. However, dark clouds hover over a group of youngsters, one who has inherited a large country house and brings his friends to live there. A very good thriller and a definite recommend to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 2/15/2014

    " Not one of my favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chartreuse | 2/12/2014

    " Read this years ago and remember being very impressed, but this time, not so much. I could tell quite early on where the story was going, and it seemed all a bit contrived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda Kelly | 2/6/2014

    " One of my favourite books. It was set in the late 70's and I remember those times....it was also made into a mini series on TV and that was extremely good as well. I do wish they'd repeat it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 1/19/2014

    " This is probably my favorite Barbara Vine. It tells of a group of young people who experience something together which haunts them for the rest of their lives. The characters are intriguing and the ending is terrific. Vintage Rendell/Vine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tria | 1/17/2014

    " None of the characters are very sympathetic in this, most not at all. The mystery itself isn't up to Rendell/Vine's usual standard, sadly, though the attempt is mildly laudable. I won't be reading this again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/12/2014

    " I was disappointed. Perhaps it was too British for me. I found the story very confusing between past and present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jeff troiano | 1/11/2014

    " I am not a fan of the mystery genre. That said, I greatly enjoyed this book, a mystery, strongly recommended by my mother -- a huge fan of mysteries. Strong writing, excellent characters, lots of twists and turns, and great description of 1970's era London and surrounding areas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Clough | 1/7/2014

    " OMG, this a great book. Subtle, twisty, and excruciatingly true to its period. It was famously praised by scientist Stephen Jay Gould, who noted that it was a perfect example of evolution in action. Do not miss it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Adams | 1/6/2014

    " I have loved this book since assigned reading in one of my English Lit classes in unversity. I have re-read it several times & something about the book makes it feel new every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 1/4/2014

    " Less mystery and more character study, but I like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryony | 1/2/2014

    " The book was alright, but the twist was a bit easy to guess... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 12/30/2013

    " I didn't like this at all. The later half of the book was slightly better, when we actually had some dialogue and not just endless descriptions. It wasn't suspenseful enough for me and I honestly didn't even care to find out who murdered whom by the end of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 minnie | 11/20/2013

    " This was the first Barbara Vine I ever read,and at the time I thought it was excellent(nearly 20 years ago) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/6/2013

    " A friend is making a film of this (we hope) and I'm not surprised; a great tale "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 3/26/2013

    " Think I have become a bad tempered , hard to please whatsit.This was recommended on Radio 4 A Good Read as being far and away the best mystery ever.Really ? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rae | 2/9/2013

    " A psychological mystery involving a group of young college students who attempt to live an idyllic life together in a large mansion. There are many elements of Lord of the Flies in this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 11/12/2012

    " I think of this story often even though it's been 15 years since I read it. At the end, the last page in fact, I read to the last period and threw the book across the room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravie | 10/10/2012

    " A fatal inversion is a very different murder mystery. The way the past haunts the protagonists and the way it has been narrated is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamesgcampbell | 10/3/2012

    " Best writer in teh English language and master of psychological suspense "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Howe | 5/26/2012

    " The first Barabara Vine book I read: it was that one novel that makes you want to read everything by that particular author. Evocative setting, tense, well-written, the ideal psychological thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/16/2012

    " Well-crafted as usual but not as compelling as the other Rendell books I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaina S | 10/29/2011

    " I knocked off one star because the story is rather slow to get interesting. The storytelling technique is clever though. overall it's more of a slowly unfolding study of a situation, more than a 'mystery' really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 8/13/2011

    " Darn good psychological suspense, and an ending that actually shocked me, which is rare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 5/18/2011

    " Not one of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 2/1/2011

    " This is probably my favorite Barbara Vine. It tells of a group of young people who experience something together which haunts them for the rest of their lives. The characters are intriguing and the ending is terrific. Vintage Rendell/Vine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/25/2011

    " I think of this story often even though it's been 15 years since I read it. At the end, the last page in fact, I read to the last period and threw the book across the room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/2/2010

    " A friend is making a film of this (we hope) and I'm not surprised; a great tale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamesgcampbell | 11/29/2010

    " Best writer in teh English language and master of psychological suspense "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryony | 10/4/2010

    " The book was alright, but the twist was a bit easy to guess... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 4/10/2010

    " One of my favourite books. It was set in the late 70's and I remember those times....it was also made into a mini series on TV and that was extremely good as well. I do wish they'd repeat it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schmerica | 3/3/2010

    " Having trouble deciding between 3 or 4 stars for this, but I'm gonna go with 4, just because the ending was satisfying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 12/7/2008

    " I didn't like this at all. The later half of the book was slightly better, when we actually had some dialogue and not just endless descriptions. It wasn't suspenseful enough for me and I honestly didn't even care to find out who murdered whom by the end of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassie | 8/21/2008

    " again, one of my faves. babs strikes again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 3/9/2008

    " Less mystery and more character study, but I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 minnie | 1/10/2008

    " This was the first Barbara Vine I ever read,and at the time I thought it was excellent(nearly 20 years ago) "

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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

William Gaminara is a British actor. Among his film and television credits are Silent Witness, MI-5, People Like Us, and Casualty. He is also the voice of Dr. Richard Locke in the BBC radio series The Archers.