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Summary

In a gloomy cellar, the figure of a beautiful, pale woman makes no move when the man advances on her from the shadows, puts his hands around her neck and strangles her. Arthur Johnson is a mild-mannered, shy man who has never known how to talk to women. His resulting loneliness has twisted his yearning for love and respect into a carefully constructed predilection for violence and control. On the floor below him, Anthony Johnson, a scholar studying psychopathic personalities is about to stumble - quite literally - upon one of Arthur's many secrets.

©1976 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, 1976

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A gripping story, a wonderful performance

One of the best Rendell stories I have heard. Glover's performance is masterly. The characters brought to life with incredible vividness. The building atmosphere and plot hold you to the sudden, shocking, breath-taking end. A killer story.

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Thrilling!

Wonderfully written. I'll never forget the view into a disturbed mind. Rendell is an exellent writer - Julian Clover is an impressive reader.

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A Demon In My View

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's classic Rendell - i.e. she paints a vivid picture of rudderless, disparate human beings living in the pre-Gentrified parts of inner London. A myriad of strange character traits predominate in a run-down Victorian terrace.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense and the build-up to the major plot arcs. The way in which Rendell makes you think that this will happen and often, it's quite the opposite. There's also quite a twist at the end.

Did Julian Glover do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He was great at giving the male characters a voice and special mention must be given to the central character, Arthur Johnson and minor voices, Jonathan and Brian. I must admit that his rendition of Lynthia's speech was rather clumsy to say the least. I for one wasn't aware that she was Welsh.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Arthur's strange upbringing by his maiden aunt, Gracie and how this changed the man into a monster. The description of how things were during the years of the mid 1970s when this book is set. Life was clearly changing, but Rendell brings this all to vibrant life in her writing.

Any additional comments?

It's well worth a listen. I'm slowly collecting every single one of Rendell's non-Wexford novels.

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Enjoyable

This story is set in a large multistorey house divided into rooms and flats.
Many and various characters reside here, including, obviously, this being Rendell, a murderous nutter on the top floor.
This ensemble of characters is a pleasant backdrop to the two main stories - a difficult love affair, and our psychopath. Enjoyable.

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Epic thriller!!

you won't be able to put this down! Rendell creates interesting characters that intermingle throughout. One moment early on stops you in your tracks and this partly dictates the main character's behaviour in later pages. The ending is PERFECT ! She links various themes that have been running throughout and brings them together in the final chapters, very difficult to guess the final outcome, she delivers an amazing end to a story of intrigue, a tremendous read!

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made me cringe

The story was gripping to the end. the horribleness of the man made me cringe.

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Avoid this book

Boring storyline, felt like is wasn’t going anywhere the whole time I was listening to it. Not to mention extremely racist!

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Good reader but ..

the West Indian lady seems to have spent quite some time in Wales! This story seems very reminiscent of another I’ve heard/read, but perhaps it’s possible to overdose on Ruth Rendell , however addicted you are. Enjoyable as ever though.

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unacceptably racist

I don't care if this book is 'of its time' but the 'casual' racism is unacceptable. Even the narrator hesitated over saying some of the words he was required to say.

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shame about the narrator.

as always a good story from Ruth Rendell, the narrator really should stay away from West Indian accents though.

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  • Dottie B.
  • 08-08-12

Totally a Ruth Rendell read

This book was a good, short listen with a good narrator. It reminded me of Rendell's The Rottweiler, although this one was written first.
If you love Rendell books, then you will like this one as it quintessentially Rendell.

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  • Kindle Customerwalda Connell
  • 16-07-16

a demon in my view

Ruth Rendell is always one of the best. I'm always on the edge of my seat.