Kirsten Kvist didn't quite know what to expect when she took up a job with the Cosway family at their odd, almost grand home, deep in the Essex countryside. Compelling in its depiction of the sex, lies and secrets within an apparently respectable family.
Kerstin Kvist didn't quite know what to expect when she took up a job with the Cosway family at their odd, almost grand home, Lydstep Old Hall, deep in the Essex countryside. The family turned out to be even odder than the house: the widowed Mrs Cosway lived with her three unmarried daughters, in thrall to the old lady. A mysterious fourth daughter - a widow herself and apparently quite rich - came and went, with ill-disguised contempt for the others. More puzzling still was Mrs Cosway's son, John, a sad, self-absorbed figure in his thirties who haunted the house. There's madness in the family' offered one of the daughters by way of explanation, but Kerstin had trained as a nurse and knew it wasn't right to be administering such powerful drugs to a vulnerable figure like John. Barbara Vine's new book, her twelfth, is compelling in its depiction of the sex, lies and secrets within an apparently respectable family, at a time when the sixties revolution hadn't quite reached rural England.
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Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. Viking have published her eleven previous novels, including A Dark-Adapted Eye, which won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award, and most recently Grasshopper and The Blood Doctor - both bestsellers. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.
The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
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