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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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One of my favourite Rendell/Vine books

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

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think she captures the mood of it well.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Don't waste your time & money

I have bought & enjoyed over 30 audio books and never been unable to finish one before.
By chapter 3 I really didn't care what had happened but persevered thinking that a Barbara Vine book must get better but it didn't. By half way through chapter 4 I gave up; any interest in the why's and wherefores of the story had evaporated and even a dogged resolution not to be beaten by the tediously slow pace, flat delivery and tortuously inserted drip feeds of supposed future interest failed.
Buy something else, anything else

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A New Slant

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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