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The Child's Child by Barbara Vine
  

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Illegitimacy and homosexuality: it is surprising how, until comparatively recently, one was a taboo, the other illegal. Grace is working on a book about both, the content of which gets fed to us too. The parallels with her own life are obvious so we get a fascinating dissection of betrayal, vanity and youthful mistakes compounded by the social mores of the time, both past and present. Well written, thoughtful and menacing, it is a fine psychological thriller.

If you like Barbara Vine you might also like to read books by Claire McGowan, Susanna Jones and Doug Johnstone.

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Synopsis

The Child's Child by Barbara Vine

The Child's Child is the new crime novel by bestselling, prize-winning author Barbara Vine. What sort of betrayal would drive a brother and sister apart? When Grace and her brother Andrew inherit their grandmother's house in Hampstead, they decide to move in together. It seems the obvious thing to do: they've always got on well, the house is large enough to split down the middle, and neither of them likes partying or loud music. There's one thing they've forgotten though: what if one of them wants to bring a lover into the house? When Andrew's partner James moves in, it alters the balance - with almost fatal consequences. Barbara Vine's is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell, and The Child's Child is the first book she has published under that name since The Birthday Present in 2008. It's an intriguing examination of betrayal in families, and of those two once-unmentionable subjects, illegitimacy and homosexuality. A taut, thrilling read, it will be enjoyed by readers of P.D. James and Ian Rankin. Cracking stuff. The Vine continues to flourish...(A) miracle of storytelling with her customary aplomb and cool composure . (Express on The Child's Child). The Rendell/Vine partnership has for years been producing consistently better work than most Booker winners put together . (Ian Rankin). Ruth rendall has published fourteen novels under the Vine name, two of which, Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet, won the prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. Also available in Penguin by Barbara Vine: The Minotaur, The Blood Doctor, Grasshopper, The Chimney Sweeper's Boy, The Brimstone Wedding, No Night is Too Long, Asta's Book, King Solomon's Carpet, Gallowglass, The House of Stairs, A Dark-Adapted Eye.

Reviews

Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world -- Ian Rankin

Cracking stuff. The Vine continues to flourish ... (A) miracle of storytelling with her customary aplomb and cool composure -- Express on THE CHILD's CHILD

Vine is not afraid to walk down the mean streets of the mind and can build up an almost tangible atmosphere of menace and unease - Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fourteen novels using this pseudonym, including A Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet which both won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. All her books are available in Penguin. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th February 2014

Author

Barbara Vine

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780241963579

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