"Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense." Great writing drew me into this story, and the intricate maze of guilt and innocence kept my attention all the way through. If you love a good mystery in the Ruth Rendall tradition (not a cozy tale), you might like it too. Great that those on the trail are not connected to law inforcement.
Very good investigation by a reporter into deaths that were brutal. Keep the reader's interest throughout, the ending was very hard to guess-in fact, I had not called it. I will read more by this author.
THE SULPTRESS is an intriguing mystery about a very gruesome crime(the murder of a mother and daughter.) The author provides many clues with 'twists and turns' that will keep you reading and guessing 'who did it,' well into the night. A 'creepy' but good thriller!
What a treasure! Minette Walters has a gift for revealing the raw emotions that lie a scratch's depth beneath the veneer of civilization. The plot might read a bit gruesomely but it's actually an EXCELLENTLY-paced detective novel. The undercurrent of mutual attraction between Rosalind Leigh the writer-detective, left wounded by her past, and an ex-policemen with problems coming at him from all sides is masterful. This book shows you cannot judge a book by its cover, but the cover might not be the opposite of what the book contains, either... This is captivating reading, perfect for a chilly night with a hot toddy beside you.
1993 Edgar winner, has well developed characters (who you may or may not find likable)and an involved plot. At times almost think able to believe that the plot has been resolved and then there is another twist. This is the 2nd book written by an author that has gone to be very successful and adept at writing non-conventional plots. The action in this book can be graphic/unpleasant but well paced action. There has been a BBC mini series made of the book.
This book like the "Ice House" starts off strong with well drawn main characters and a suspenseful plot. However as the story proceeds, it becomes increasingly far-fetched. Also, toward the end, the various characters are forced into convoluted relationships with each other.
Overall, too unrealistic for my taste. I would give 4 stars for the first part of the book and 2 stars for the last part...overall 3 star novel.
I'm not in a great hurry to read another novel by this author.
Olive sits in prison for a long time, after brutally killing her mother and sister. Her reason: They did not give her a proper birthday party, and had forever been teasing her about her weight. Roz is an author, compelled by her publisher to write something or be dropped from her list. She reluctantly agrees to write a story about Olive. But the more she finds out about the murders the more she doubts Olive's guilt - despite the fact that Olive had confessed to the murders. Why were there no fingerprints of Olive's at the crime scene, but her shoe prints were all over it? Why did she not recount any details of the murders in her confession? And why did the neighbors move away, without a forwarding address, after the murders?
This is a great story, the characters are well sculpted (ahem :-) , and the plot is intriguing.