Liza is raised in a remote rural hamlet. One evening, Liza’s mother orders her to leave home forever. Paralyzed at having to fend for herself, Liza finds refuge with Sean, a drifter with whom she begins to share the bizarre story of her life.
©1993 Kingsmarkham Enterprises Ltd. (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC
Ruth Rendell's books are time-released cleverness. All the time you're reading, your brain is storing information - without you realizing it - and for days, weeks, maybe years after you've finished the book, the stored bits will drop into your consciousness at the strangest moments. You will realize you didn't understand the full import of the book when you finished it. You will have a flash of insight, an eyebrow-raising or jaw-dropping AHA! moment as another hidden clue or bit of plot slips into its place or a layer is revealed. I'm still thinking about this book weeks after I finished it. Not because the Crocodile Bird was a gripping page-turner, though the story, told in Scheherazade-style chunks, is compelling: a young woman tells her boyfriend tales of her strange childhood with a murdering mother. It was beautifully written, of course, and the narration was good. I'm still thinking about it because the characters became real to me and I'd like to know what happens to them for the rest of their lives.
I'm glad I read (heard) it and I recommend it to the readers who enjoy storytelling that expects your brain to get involved.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
From the synopsis this book sounded like it was going to be so good. I had just finished listening to "Into the Darkest Corner" by Elizabeth Haynes (a psychological thriller which I highly recommend) and I thought this would be a great next listen. The preview sounded good, the narrator sounded good... I started listening to the book and the first few minutes were interesting but then the author starts describing the scenery in detail. And then more scenery detail. When an author starts describing too much scenery detail like what the birds look like, which part of their tail is blue, what shade of green the grass is, what the air smells like... I'm thinking the author either doesn't have much story to tell and so they are using that as filler or they just like to write and see their own words on paper. I want them to get on with the story. Yes, of course scenery does matter but too much can be overdone and put someone in a trance. I didn't finish the book. When I woke up from the light nap it had put me in I moved on to another book.
I loved this. I have read and listened to a great deal of Rendell, and this one struck me as special, due in no small part to the 1st person flashback perspective. Jill Tanner is terrific; I am not always keen on female narrators, but she has the perfect voice for this narrative.
The feeling that it gave me.
The one with the dogs.
Yes! But it was too long to do so!
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