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Eve and Liza, Mother and Daughter, live a quiet life in their remote home; a rustic gatehouse of a country mansion. At first glance their lives appear quite ordinary, except that Liza has almost no knowledge of the outside world, has never played with a child her own age and has witnessed her mother commit murder, on multiple occasions.

Eve and Liza, Mother and Daughter, live a quiet life in their remote home; a rustic gatehouse of a country mansion. At first glance their lives appear quite ordinary, except that Liza has almost no knowledge of the outside world, has never played with a child her own age and has witnessed her mother commit murder, on multiple occasions. Now, as the police come searching for a missing man, they must vacate their secluded home, shattering Liza’s sheltered world. With 100 pounds and her secret lover, Liza gradually learns about the world, her mother’s tale of betrayal, desire and obsession and just how like mother, like daughter she really is.

©1993 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Unexpected

I suppose now in the days of CSI and crime dramas like it the crimes perpetrated in this book are relatively tame. But as a new reader to Rendell and the Whydunnits I'm really finding these stories addictive. They are well told and structured. This one particularly has a girl called Liza recounting her strange upbringing to her boyfriend, whom she has run to as her mother sends her away.

A thing to note is that when I say strange upbringing, I don't mean weird in the awful sense that she lives with a murderer and every weekend they go on butchering escapades of the local tourists. The book is many times more subtle than that and is brilliant for it. You can identify with the why - and that I am finding is what makes Ruth Rendell surpass being a crime writer. She tells stories so well. I am so excited that I now have her entire collection to read!

Set in the late 80s but not at all dated as classics never are. Juliet Stevenson is my favourite narrator, her characters subtle but her range is wide.

A really enjoyable book. Strove will stay with me the same way that Manderley does.

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Brilliant

Wonderful atmospheric story, beautifully read. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Ruth Rendell at her best. The first class narration by Juliet Stevenson makes it a winner in my eyes.

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An absolutely wonderful book, beautifully written, impeccably plotted, just fabulous. Ruth Rendell is such a brilliant writer, being a great storyteller as well as writing prose of exceptional beauty and clarity.The pleasure of the story is greatly enhanced by Juliet Stevenson's exquisite narration. She has such a lovely voice, never mispronounces anything or puts a stress on the wrong word, and makes the characters come fully alive with her range of voices and accents.

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A great read

Wonderful story telling by narrator. The relationship between mother and daughter subtle and moving
The writer builds the suspense so you are hooked

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The Crocodile Bird

I read this book years ago, but it was great to be able to rediscover it via an audiobook. The themes are murder, isolation and obsession, so it's more akin to a Barbara Vine novel than a non-Wexford Rendell. The characters were well-crafted and believable.

Juliet Stevenson's narration was clear and perfectly suited for the story. Her performance of the working class Sean was also commendable.

A great listen, recommended.

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Impeccable Storytelling.

Beautifully written, completely evocative I was lost in it, flowing and mellifluous, beautifully plotted it really is fantastic book and the writing is matched by the narration, Juliet Stevenson, never less than perfect.......

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Excellent, brilliant storytelling

Great book. Beautifully narrated by Juliet Stevenson. A compelling story that kept me interested from the start.

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  • 12-01-21

Fabulous

Wonderful narration as usual from Juliet Stevenson and an interesting story I shall definitely read more Ruth Rendell now

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I found this story a bit slow going, kept going as I thought it might get better

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Juliet Stevenson reigns supreme

I only bought this book because Juliet Stevenson was the reader, and what a wonderful listen it turned out to be. I am new to Ruth Rendell and thoroughly enjoyed how she revealed Eliza's story alternating between the narrator and Eliza's telling of it.
Stevenson excels in male as well as female voices and her rendering of the characters' voices and accents is impeccable.
More of both Rendell and Stevenson please!

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  • 16-03-12

Gripping

Liza, a young girl of sixteen must flee from her secluded home, the gatehouse of a great mansion, to avoid being questioned by the police about a crime that her mother Eve has just committed. She makes her way to her lover and proceeds to tell him, in the style of The Arabian Nights, the story of how she came to be in this situation, in the process revealing a life story full of intrigue and horror. Until then, Eve had tried her best to shield Liza from the world and all it's modern amenities, and most of what Liza knows about life is gleaned from the 19th century books available in the mansion. Liza looks just like Eve, and must find out whether she is a an exact copy of her mother in deed as well as in looks, or whether she can exercise her own free will. I found this tale quite gripping, enough so to include it among my favourite reads of the year, and the narration by Juliet Stephenson was of course excellent.

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