Tim Cornish thought he'd gotten away with murder. For months after he'd killed his lover off the Alaskan coast, there hadn't been a word. But then the letters started to arrive. It seems that someone knows what Tim has done....
This compelling thriller delivers such a dark picture of romantic love that murder seems its natural mate. Frightening, suspenseful, and deeply unsettling, No Night Is Too Long is a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P. D. James and Ian Rankin.
Barbara Vine is the pen name of Ruth Rendell. Ruth has published 14 novels under the Vine name, two of which, Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet, won the prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award.
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"The Rendell/Vine partnership has for years been producing consistently better work than most Booker winners put together."(Ian Rankin)
"She deploys her peerless skills in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the murky impulses of desire and greed." (Sunday Times)
I think I'd be happy listening to Alex Jennings reading a shopping list, and I originally saw this book because I was looking for anything new he had narrated that I fancied. I have not read any Barbara Vine before so I have nothing to compare it with. But I did enjoy it a lot.
The story is a slow-burn, though the pace really picks up in the last part of the book. It is a complex plot too but cleverly mapped out, if a little (a lot really!) convoluted. You really do have to suspend belief and just accept the contrived elements. I had begun to sort out the probable ending about half-way through but I was only partly right, so it did keep me guessing right to the very end.
The writing is excellent, good description and dialogue. I think the reader is not supposed to really like any of the main characters - I hope so, because I didn't; but the main character who starts the book as a fairly odious student does really mature into a much more rounded person, warts and all.
It's basically a thriller/mystery, and also it is about passion - sexual passion and to a lesser extent, enduring love. It is mildly to moderately graphic and there is a lot of sex - fine with me but if you listen on the school run...
The ending was a good one for me - not a spoiler, but it was bitter-sweet. I don't know if this book is typical of B Vine but if it is, I'd definitely listen to more. The characters and the atmosphere of the book - brooding, and sad but intriguing - stayed with me after I had finished it and I continued to think about them and the story. In a good way.
80% of the narration is Alex Jennings with two other characters coming in towards the end, both good. Alex Jennings did a fantastic job with his reading and it brought it to life.
Was surprised how sexual this was, but the story has lust as its focus. All the twists and turns of some not very nice people, but keeps you interested. Recommended.
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I've waited quite a while for this Barbara Vine title to be available on Audible, so I was delighted to find it. The story concerns a young man called Tim who lives a lonely existence on the Suffolk coast. His mind drifts back to his time as an MA Creative Writing student in Warwickshire, where he meets the sardonic Botonist, Dr Ivo Steadman. The pair soon embark on a passionate relationship, which is put under strain when Ivo takes Tim along on a Lecture Cruise of Alaska. Left in the remote town of Juneau, Tim meets the mysterious Isabel, which spurs him on to commit a dangerous act.
I've read this novel a couple of times already and have seen the BBC dramatisation. It's very densely plotted, but does suffer a little for having such a selfish and immature central character. That said, the imagery which emerges from Vine's words are excellent.
All three narrators were excellent.
Barbara Vine books, in contrast with the author’s Ruth Rendell novels, are usually more concerned with the personalities of her characters and the relationships among them than the detection of a crime. This book goes a stage further and is almost entirely about relationships and what goes on in the minds of the characters. The main character is Tim Cornish, a mentally tortured young man adrift in his life and unsure about his sexuality. We learn early on that a crime may have been committed but most of the book is Tim’s first person account of his thoughts and feelings about his past, his current relationships and about the one in particular that leads to the unexpected revelations at the end of the story.
Tim receives s sequence of unsigned missives posted from West Coast of America that recount stories about sailors marooned on islands and how they coped. He doesn’t know who could be sending them or why, but they add a sense of mystery and foreboding throughout the novel
Don’t expect a pacy thriller instead experience an unsettling, creepy exploration of a disturbed man’s mind. It can seem quite slow at times but gathers pace towards the end. It’s not a book to ‘enjoy’ rather it leaves an unsettling impression of how life can be a nightmare conjured out of ones fears.
Most of the book is narrated by Alex Jennings who does his usual fine job. At the end of the book the thoughts of Isabel (she figures in TIm’s life) and James (a former lover of Tim) are voiced by other narrators.
"Terrific Writer and Narrators"
What a story. Started slowly but captured my attention about two chapters in. I wanted to shake Tim many times. What a twist after Tim finishes his memoir!!
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