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Summary

Wealthy Alice Whittaker is known for her generosity, and when her friend Nesta vanishes Alice is determined to find her and help her. If that means money, well, Alice has plenty of it. Then the handsome Mr Fielding enters her life, ten years younger than Alice and they marry. But when Alice starts to feel sick -- a virus perhaps, something she just can't shake, her husband seems determined to keep her at home. Is he just being a doting husband who wants his wife to get better? Or is he trying to keep her from finding Nesta? Unwell though she is, Alice can't help asking questions. And the more she learns about Nesta's disappearance, the more certain she becomes that her own life is in peril

©2010 Kingsmarkham Enterprises Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Loved this book

Really enjoyed this. Full of suspense. Keeps you guessing right til the end. Good Narrator too.

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Ruth Rendall - 'Vanity dies hard'

Delicately and senitively written. Gripping yet touching at the same time. Could mirror ones own feelings and experience in a beautifully crafted form. A splendid 'sit up at night read'
Thank you madam for a lovely book.

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Not like Ruth Rendell

I found it a bit boring at times and struggled to finish it. Not like Ruth Rendell at all

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Rendall at her most gentle.

Rendall at her most gentle. A very satisfying listen, a quite a different side to her writing.

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As always, a good story

I am now (thanks to audibles free listens) catching up with Ruth Rendell and thus far, she does not disappoint. Perhaps I will plough through all her books - and there seem to be a lot - before I find one I don't enjoy. Well narrated, beautifully written so there are no complaints from me. Hope that you feel the same.

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Very dissatisfied

I’m a huge fan of Ruth Randall but this is not her finest hour. The narrator carries the very weak plot but it’s something I endured instead of enjoyed.

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Story was too introspective, slow and depressing. Can't think any character would be so plodding and her condition could have such violent symptoms.

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Much ado about nothing

Not the best Ruth Rendell story .
Hard to critique without giving away too much.
Weak plot , unlikable protagonist and an ending that was frankly feeble and contrived. Hard to believe that Alice would have to go to such lengths before someone told her the truth.
Is this a study in neurosis? I really don't know.
Well narrated and was glad this was included with membership and did not use up a credit

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Really enjoyed this on a long drive. Ruth Rendell's usual satisfying story weaving, evoking of a whole world & characters with depth, cleverlt playing with reader expectations. Any ever so slightly contrived aspects of the surprise ending were forgivable/ earned by the otherwise skillful building of the story. And nothing too nasty...

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More Rendell but with a less sinister flavour

A lighter Rendell book but she captures women's concerns very well, worth a read if you prefer your fiction a little less sinister