A Fatal Inversion (2020)

A Fatal Inversion Barbara Vine A Fatal Inversion A Fatal Inversion a classic thriller from the queen of crime Barbara Vine An absolute winner a gripping read from start to end Daily Mail Brilliant Vine has the kind of near Victorian narrative drive
  • Title: A Fatal Inversion
  • Author: Barbara Vine
  • ISBN: 9780141040479
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
A Fatal Inversion Barbara Vine A Fatal Inversion a classic thriller from the queen of crime Barbara Vine An absolute winner a gripping read from start to end Daily Mail Brilliant Vine has the kind of near Victorian narrative drive that compels a reader to go on turning the pages Sunday TimesIn the long hot summer of 1976, a group of young people are camping in Wyvis Hall Adam, Rufus, ShivaA Fatal Inversion a classic thriller from the queen of crime Barbara Vine An absolute winner a gripping read from start to end Daily Mail Brilliant Vine has the kind of near Victorian narrative drive that compels a reader to go on turning the pages Sunday TimesIn the long hot summer of 1976, a group of young people are camping in Wyvis Hall Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie hardly ask why they are there or how they are to live they scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms In short, they exist Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall s animal cemetery Which woman Whose child I defy anyone to guess the conclusion the clues are cunningly planted, so that it seems one should have known all along A most satisfying end Daily Telegraph Nimbly written with all the Dickensian values of vivid characterization, fine prose style and a cunningly devised plot that shifts and twists and keeps you on the edge of your chair Val Hennessy, Daily MailA Fatal Inversion is a modern classic of the crime genre If you enjoy the novels of P.D James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow, you will love this book.Barbara Vine is the pen name of Ruth Rendell She has written fifteen novels using this pseudonym, including A Fatal Inversion and King Solomon s Carpet which both won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award Her other books include A Dark Adapted Eye The House of Stairs Gallowglass Asta s Book No Night Is Too Long In the Time of His Prosperity The Brimstone Wedding The Chimney Sweeper s Boy Grasshopper The Blood Doctor The Minotaur The Birthday Present and The Child s Child.
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  1. Barbara

    This is one of Barbara Vine s earlier richly crafted novels Her writing is elegant and skillfully constructed A Fatal Inversion is not an ordinary mystery with a familiar plot, it is a chilling psychological study which gives the reader insight into a horrifying murder It is compelling and certainly thought provoking.A landowner in the English countryside discovers an old pet cemetery on his vast property, where he finds human bones also buried This fact and the subsequent police investigation s [...]

  2. Philip

    This book is always up there among my favorite Top 5 Vines along with ASTA S BOOK, BRIMSTONE WEDDING, A DARK ADAPTED EYE and HOUSE OF STAIRS and, like those, it s one I ve pretty much lost count of how many times I ve read.As with most of the other Vines of which this was the 2nd , old sins have long shadows that cast themselves on the present, and Vine moves effortlessly between 1986, when the skeletons of a woman and child are discovered buried in the pet cemetery of a country estate, and 1976 [...]

  3. Cheryl

    Not a fan of the writing style The plot was slow moving, but did pick up toward the end None of the characters were likeable Although this was probably intended by the author, it still was tedious to read, as they were shallow and self absorbed I skimmed some of this book especially in the first half just to get to the explanation of the murder There s a bit of a surprise at the end, which made me give the book 3 stars instead of two An OK read.

  4. Sue

    My second of Vine s psychological suspense novels The word mystery just doesn t describe what happens in this book The central event occurs in 1976 but is discovered with the uncovering of human bones in an animal graveyard 10 years later The most recent owners of this suburban estate have begun a process that will lead to the unraveling of several lives.Vine Rendell is expert at the slow disclosure of facts and feelings, the essence of the psychological novel This particular novel is written so [...]

  5. Syl

    I was drawn into this murder mystery It was a great experience listening to the book during my daily jogs Am glad that I listened to the audio version because otherwise I would have just rushed through the book, in my usual speed reading mode, sometimes even missing certain aspects A wonderful psychological thriller, which shows how even gentle, normal people can commit crimes, if circumstances arise I loved the descriptions of Acalpamos not sure of the spelling and wished i owned it I would hav [...]

  6. Zac

    Probably the best Barbara Vine novel I have read It was also the first of her books I read The almost palpable sense of time and place she created was so convincing I can clearly remember the feeling I had reading this book She always features such detailed and convincing characters it is apleasure to follow the story which often involves a mystery or curious event This book was thoroughtly satisfying if you enjoy this type of book.I have given this 5 stars becasue of the pleasure it gave me and [...]

  7. DeAnna Knippling

    Most of the book was a three but the ending was a five, such that it reframed the rest of the book Not the kind of story I normally go for.

  8. Lyn Battersby

    I d read all the Ruth Rendell in my local library and was feeling rather down I love Rendell s different take on the crime genre and wanted In my trawling the catalogue system, however, it became obvious that all was not lost Rendell also writes crime under the name Barbara Vine I was a little worried about heading into unchartered territory, after all, writers rarely use pen names without reason, so I wondered what she had done to this titles to mark them as different from a Rendell work.In th [...]

  9. Pushpa

    This is my second Barbara Vine book, after The Chimney Sweepers Boy and I loved it I could not put the book down The murder which is revealed in the very first chapter had taken place at Wyvis Hall aka Ecalpemos , a fatal inversion of the word, Someplace This inversion of the word Someplace sets the manner in which the book is written, which is, an inversion of the events, the murder first and then the whodunit, the whydunnit and the howdunnit, revealed slowly through an almost confusing backwar [...]

  10. Maria

    Terrific Evocative of Robertson Davies John Fowles, to a lesser degree, in both tone and spirit wonderfully done until the very last chapter where the resolution is formulaic one sighs at the predictable, pat ending but so what it s a fascinating and absorbing novel that I highly recommend Psychological suspense top of the line.

  11. Cathy

    I didn t like this at all The later half of the book was slightly better, when we actually had some dialogue and not just endless descriptions It wasn t suspenseful enough for me and I honestly didn t even care to find out who murdered whom by the end of it.

  12. Geraldine

    An excellent read that I would heartily recommend.The book starts with the digging up of bodies, so the reader knows straight away broadly what has happened It takes until almost the end of the book to find out precisely what happened, why and the circumstances that led up to it It s a good example of taking the personalities of two main characters male , adding in several other players, and seeing how the characters drive events Well, I say drive , that suggests a clear strategy, whereas this i [...]

  13. Mary

    I could not put this one down either, but I found the several of the characters to be very disturbing and possibly disturbed Again, Barbara Vine Ruth Rendell tells an intricate story with amazingly done characters it s been years since I read this, and I still retain impressions of places and personalities This one was just a little too creepy psychologically speaking for me, and I have not read another one of the Barbara Vine novels since

  14. Joyce

    Not my favorite Ruth Rendell, who really wrote this A convoluted and sad plot A collection of people that coulda shoulda known better No real admirable person in the bunch I kept waiting for someone to act heroically, and they didn t.

  15. Debra

    When nineteen year old Adam Verne Smith inherits his great uncle s estate, Wyvis Hall, he decides to spend the summer there with his best friend Rufus Ideas of turning what he now calls Ecalpemos into a commune take hold and before long three people join them It s the summer of 1976 and the hot, lazy days are filled with drugs, drinking, sex, and, inevitably conflict One incident in particular turns deadly.Although I ve been a Ruth Rendell fan for years, this is the first book I ve read under h [...]

  16. Neena

    I started this book with very high expectations but was disappointed completely I disliked everything in Fatal Inversion including characters, plot, narration and storyline First of all, the idea of all those people living together does not seem probable at all Narration just drags on and on and nothing ever happens There was not a single likable character Siva s character was kind of forced in the story I could sense a slight racist undertone in Rendell s depiction of Siva s character eg there [...]

  17. southernmyst

    This seemed rather pointless to me view spoiler The story was told in flashback, remembered 10 years later, with the big reveal not being that the deaths had occurred but who had died and how However, there was enough foreshadowing to pick up very early on who one of the dead was, leaving you only wondering who the other dead person was, and what manner of accident etc had happened to cause the deaths The guilt of the narrator is too overwhelming from the very beginning for it to have been anyth [...]

  18. Jodi

    Spoiler AlertThis book was well written, the pacing for a mystery novel well done and the story line interesting as told by the prospective of the killers Unfortunately, I could not give it a good score because I could not find a single, main character to like and I do not appreciate it when killers go free When the good and innocent are murdered and the psychopaths go free It reminds me of the line in A Miracle on 34th Street when Kris Kringle says Yet he s out there and I m in here, referring [...]

  19. Veronica

    This was a sight unseen Bookcrossing book chosen on the basis of the first sentence I m not a reader of mysteries generally I d heard of Barbara Vine and knew it was one of Ruth Rendell s pen names, but I d never read any After a few recent duds, it s good to feel you re in the hands of a master storyteller from the first page and indeed the first sentence It s not so much a whodunnit as a whydunnit, and even a whatdidtheydo A bleak little tale, with clues and red herrings very cleverly scattere [...]

  20. Amanda

    Great, solid mystery I m not usually a fan of slow reveal books like this you know from the start what happened, but not quite, who it happened to, but not quite, and who did it, but not quite , but this was engaging without making me want to shout get on with it already Read this as part of attempt to read through one of those 100 best mysteries lists Was waffling between three and four stars, but think it really deserves four Good plot and characters that s what a mystery novel needs, right An [...]

  21. Jayne Charles

    I think Ruth Rendell Barbara Vine likes writing about Bohemian Youth types, and there are plenty of them in this book The atmosphere is created very well, but I wasn t too sure about the plot There wasn t very much mystery, as it was clear from an early stage what had happened I was waiting for a clever twist but it didn t materialise

  22. Roz Morris

    Another clever mix of nasty people, weak innocents and manipulative horrors who all share a bad secret Plus there s a grand old house, which Vine invests with its own personality another familiar trope from her Enjoyable with a good twist.

  23. Joy

    Loved it The I read of Barbara Vine Ruth Rendell the I want to read Particularly enjoyed the setting of this one which is very local to where I live I found the ending a little strange, but the tale was well told, with clever use of misdirection throughout.

  24. Tria

    None of the characters are very sympathetic in this, most not at all The mystery itself isn t up to Rendell Vine s usual standard, sadly, though the attempt is mildly laudable I won t be reading this again.

  25. Jodi

    MehFor some reason I thought this was going to be a mystery, which it was not At least not really.Vine experiments with presenting an event in the past from the points of view of 4 people who took part in an ill fated communal living experiment at an English country estate.

  26. Plch

    the second book in one month with a baby dying of SID, not the most comforting thing to read when one is 8 months pregnant at the beginning of the pregnancy I kept reading books where people kept miscarring, including another Rendell Vine one the blood doctor.

  27. Sandi

    My favorite type of psychological suspense novel Slow deliberate pacing with enough reveals to keep it interesting, fully developed characters, and a crime from the past made this a top notch read.

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