Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book: Fatal Inversion

By Barbara Vine

"A Dark-Adapted Eyefirst novel under the pseudonym Barbara Vine by the British author Ruth Rendellwon the MBA Edgar. This is the second, a mystery like all her works, transcending the genre. Evoked in beautifully ambient writing, the setting is a rural estate, Wyvis Hall, which Adam Verne-Smith inherits at age 19. Inverting the word "someplace," Adam names his eden Ecalpemos where he revels through a summer with four companions. The months drift by until a horrible event scatters the lotus eaters, and Adam sells the property. For 10 years, the former friends live secure in the belief that they alone know their terrible secret. Then the present owners of Wyvis Hall dig a grave for their dog in the pet cemetery on the grounds and unearth human remains. Making headlines, the news stuns the Ecalpemos conspirators, long since established as proper London citizens. The author virtually defies one to pause between incidents in the exquisitely controlled developments that peak in a marvel of irony that no reader could foresee."

(Above taken from here).

Where do I begin with this book? My thought when I got to the end was, "Wow!" But I couldn't decide if it was the good kind or the bad kind. It was a really good read, but I think some of the events may have touched upon a topic I didn't feel entirely comfortable hearing about in this context. That's a personal thing though, and with that aside, it really was a good book, and the ending caught me off guard, which is always a good thing in a mystery.


AliceKay said...

It doesn't sound like something I'd want to read...sounds a bit eerie to me. *shrugs*

Toriz said...

It was a good book, don't get me wrong. My issue was that I'm already sensative about the subject matter, and to have it presented in the way it was... For some reason it really bothered me. I hink more than anything because it was so unexpected. I don't like to give spoilers, and it is a big part of the story as it turns out, so I don't want to say too much (in case someone who reads this is planning to read the book), but it centres around babies... You know how babies get to me with my struggle to have one! I think my big issue was that - while I felt with every fibre of my being that what was done was wrong - I kind of sympathized with the person who was to blame for what happened, and was torn between understanding and hating her for what she caused to happen. A mixture of feelings that I really struggled to deal with for some reason.

AliceKay said...

*hugs to you*

Intense Guy said...


You are brave to persevere with reading a story that ... is unsettling. I would have tossed it after a few pages.

Rita said...

Sounds like a complicated book and a bit creepy. I can handle most creepy things if it has a good storyline. My friend, Ruby, got me into mysteries years ago, so I might keep my eyes open for this one.

I know what you mean, I have a difficult time with some books and movies that deal with rape or babies dying in ICU for a similar reason. Doesn't mean it's not a good story or movie--just harder to read or watch sometimes.

Toriz said...

Thing is, as I said, it was a good book, so - despite how tempting it was to just toss it aside - I was curious enough about how it ended to finish it.

*Nods* Exactly... Sometimes things can be hard to read or watch, but if they're good enough you'll do it anyway... Just to see how they end.