March 18th, 2008


Barbara Vine – A dark-adapted eye

Barbara Vine – A dark-adapted eye (08-006)

Ruth Rendell is famous everywhere. Especially her Wexford series is very popular. I read quite a few of them in the nineties. She chose an alter ego and wrote books that went a little deeper. Psychological thrillers according to some reviewers. I read one translated book by Vine ages ago (published under her own name over here by the way), this was the second one I tried.

Remarkable: Both of these books begin with giving away the plot. Weird, but also intriguing. In ‘A dark adapted eye’ the main character is trying to find out what happened to her aunts, decades ago. The two sisters Vera and Eden were close, but life isn’t always easy and the sister end up with an argument that turns into a classical Greek tragedy. Vera Hillyard became ‘famous’ for ending up as one of the last people in Britain to become the victim of capital punishment.

I enjoyed reading another Vine thriller. Great historical view of the fifties as well actually. I’ve got one more Vine waiting on my shelf. Probably worth as well.

Quote: “But the life led by the two sister was a gentle and uneventful one, the recreations sewing, embroidery, baking, listening to the wireless. Yet already the drama that was to erupt in that house was slowly unfolding.” (page 39)

Number: 08-006
Title: A dark-adapted eye
Author: Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)
Language: English (UK)
Year: 1986
# Pages: 300 (1254)
Category: Thriller
ISBN: n/a