Clodagh was 19 when her parents packed her off to college and a relative's house in Maida Vale, two years after the death on the pylon. They blamed her for it, everyone did....
It was hardly surprising that she fell into the arms of Silver. In his flat at the top of his parents' house, he played host to a strange crew of young drop-outs whose pleasure was to range the rooftops. It was a happy, heady time until the moment when, on a trek 50 feet above the street, they looked into a window and saw a scene that was to lead to tragedy.
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Having seen so many negative reviews from other people, I might hesitate! But on the basis of listening to it myself, definitely. I've actually given the print book to a friend. She liked it.
I could relate to so many of the characters. Either I could see my younger self in them, or I've known people just like them - the failing college student, the well-off boy bumming around collecting "interesting" people, young people being automatically anti-authority, the girl who goes strange. Even the group who climb across roofs were quite believable to me, since... um... let's just say I used to know people who climbed houses that were under construction.
I think she captures the mood of it well.
I'm taken aback by how many people disliked this book. It does have some silliness in the plot but I think a lot of books like this do. I think it's well written and enjoyable.
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I have read this book a couple of times in its paperback form, but hearing the talented Emilia Fox bring the female protagonist's words to life was truly excellent. It is a very long novel, but my interest never waned. The area in West London it is set is perfectly realised and this has made me want to take a walk around the vicinity and cast my eyes up to the rooves.
One of Vine/Rendell's best and well worth a listen.
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