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Two years ago, he had been a promising young novelist. Now he barely survives in a near derelict cottage with only his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla - the rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into violence had just begun....

©1974 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mrs. D.
  • 11-26-21

Really Good Listen

The usual great stuff from this author. Beautifully written and with a wonderful twist at the very end.

She knows people and her characters are full of insight as to their feelings and subsequent actions.
Great narration and a wonderful listen.

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  • Vivienne
  • 11-16-21

Enjoyable story

I thought I’d read most of Ruth Rendell’s books, but this was a new one to me. I enjoyed listening to this nicely rounded, well narrated story.

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  • Kirstine
  • 09-08-21

Obsession leading to nightmare

An enjoyable story with typical Rendell features. Obsessive love, dysfunctional people doing foolish things with nightmarish outcomes. Extreme and at times unbelievable scenarios but thanks to the author’s writing adds up to an engaging listen.
The narrator is excellent.

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  • Julian E. Boyce
  • 08-23-21

Just Ruth Rendell

I have read/heard/consumed many of Ruth Rendell’s books and never fail to be absolutely carried away by them. This, though short was no exception. Just brilliant, clever, totally convincing.
Someone else who should never have been allowed to go. I still pine.

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  • Marion G.
  • 08-05-21

Romped through this

Wonderful narration and although I guessed most of the conclusion, this was a sparkling read. Our hero is somewhat dim and our 'heroine' is obviously far more clever and devious than he can comprehend but although it was obvious all was not as it seemed, I really did enjoy the ride. Somehow doubt that younger listeners will understand the simpler world of the 60s/ 70s but those of us who do remember when a pound could buy you 10 cigarettes and a pint, then this is a treat.

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  • Allison64
  • 07-15-18

Gripping!

I had read this years ago but so enjoyed it as a talking book.
I had forgotten large parts of it. I was on tenterhooks not know what had happened to the dog.
It's absolutely brilliant and brings you back to the days before mobile phones and other technology.
highly recommended!

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  • melissa
  • 04-21-16

Took a while to get into

I started this book once and gave up as I felt it was a bit depressing. However going back to it it quickly becomes interesting and the suspense and twist at the end is excellent. Not her best but still a great story.

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  • Susan Random
  • 09-15-15

The Face Of Trespass

I've never read this book before and as it's one of Rendell's lesser-known non-Wexford novels, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect.

Graham Lanceton is a reclusive writer loving in a shabby cottage he terms 'The Hovel' located on the edge of Epping Forest in Essex. His first novel, entitled 'The Wine Of Astonishment' was lauded as a literary classic and great things were predicted for his future. When he meets and falls in love with the married moneyed Drusilla Janus, his world changes forever.

Another enjoyable narration from Ric Jerrom, whose rich tones made it a pleasure to listen. More from him please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

Bored me sensless

Usually I like Rendells books..not this one.. I kept waiting for the plot.. never happened

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  • Mrs B Knox
  • 11-07-21

Loved this

Addicted to Ruth Rendell’s crime novels. The character development is brilliant and this was one of my favourites so far. I love that they are mostly set in London and many in the 60s & 70s.
Beautifully narrated.