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."
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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.