Two damaged children: Teddy Brex, whom no-one loved, and so found it easier to relate to objects or things which never let him down; and Francine Hill, who was discovered sitting by the body of her mother, her skirt red with blood. She couldn't tell the police or her father anything to help track down the killer.... Children grow up in different ways. Teddy became a handsome young man, Francine was beautiful - a sight for sore eyes. But it was death that brought them together.
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Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I think that I've read this novel at least twice in its printed form, but it was great to be able to hear David Threlfall's audio performance. The plot centres around Teddy Brex, a young man, hailing from North London whose love-starved upbringing and childhood injury turns him into a damaged adult. The object of Teddy's affections, the beautiful, refined and intelligent Francine Hill, witnessed her mother's murder whilst a child and the later addition of an overbearing stepmother, causes issues in her life.
It's classic Rendell - brilliant, well-crafted and above all, insightful and entertaining. All of the main characters are incredibly believable and in the case of Francine especially, the reader is able to sympathise with her plight.
The narrator, David Threlfall, is brilliant and the range of different accents he is able to provide is fantastic.
Just great. Readers/listeners may be interested to know that one of Rendell's later Wexford novels, 'The Vault' is a sequel to 'A Sight For Sore Eyes'.
Ruth Rendell rarely disappoints, and this is one of her best slow burners. The narration was ok, not the best but not the worst either.
"A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell."
Ruth Rendell certainly knows how to keep you interested in a story and David Threlfall delivers it to you in a way that you can't stop listening. I thoroughy enjoyed this book and I will listen to it again. The main character Is like no other I know but so plausible. Great listening.
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