Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine

First sentence:

"On the morning Vera died I woke up very early."


"Like most families they had their secrets and hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that Vera Hillyard and her beautiful sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the fifties was not kind to women who erred. . .so they had to fight it out behind closed curtains using every weapon they had.

In this case, murder."

My thoughts:

This was an interesting mystery as family secrets are revealed a bit at a time. At first, the slowness of the narrative annoyed me, but overtime I began to appreciate the way Faith learned about her family's past along with the reader.

Date read: 1/10/2008
Book #: 1
Challenge: Book Awards Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Mystery

ISBN-10: 0140086366
ISBN-13: 9780140086362
Publisher: Gardner Books
Year: 1987
# of Pages: 300
Binding: Paperback
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