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Book: The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine

Book Review: The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine

categories: Books, Thrillers, Suspense, British Mysteries

Author: Barbara Vine
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Brand: Brand: Washington Square Press

 Interesting Premise and Build Up, Denouement Falls Short

I've read a few of Ruth Rendell's works several years ago and decided to try her again through one of her Barbara Vine books. I notice and appreciate the different voice in this one. The author's skill at character studies (esp. for Ursula) is the strongest point in the book, and the parallels between Gerald's fiction and his life are well crafted. The genealogical investigation took a little longer than I'd like, and the ending revelation feels a little deflated. The writing is insightful, but I felt that some reaction from the daughters regarding the truth about their father would have helped with the closure of the tale.

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