Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine

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When a young man moves into a recently inherited Suffolk manor house, he falls into a summer idyll that gathers friends and strangers alike—and concludes in murder
When the new owners of Wyvis Hall go to bury a dear pet dog, they stumble upon a ghastly relic left by the home’s previous occupants: the bones of a woman and a small child, hastily interred. So opens a mystery set in motion a decade before when nineteen-year-old Adam Verne-Smith inherited the property and spent one debauched summer there with friends and a few aimless drifters. While most of Wyvis Hall’s visitors that summer would go on to live respectable lives, two would never leave. Now, investigators must piece together not only whodunit, but also to whom it was done, in this brilliantly constructed thriller.


About Barbara Vine

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Barbara Vine is the author of "The Chimney Sweeper's Boy" (Harmony, 1998), "The Brimstone Wedding" (Harmony, 1995), & "Anna's Book" (Harmony, 1993). She lives in London, England.
Published February 22, 2011 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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Very much like last year's Edgar-winning A Dark-Adapted Eye, this second ""Barbara Vine"" novel (a Ruth Rendell pseudonym) deals with a bygone crime remembered, guiltily stewed over, and revealed bit by bit to the reader: a what-happened?

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What Rendell as Vine does so well is misdirect the reader, to suck the reader into the characters' heads and the characters' lives without the reader realizing that this is being done.

Sep 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Fatal Inversion

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