By Barbara Vine
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780375726507, 400pp.
Publication Date: June 11, 2002
When Clodagh Brown writes these words at the age of nineteen, she believes that she is leaving behind the traumatic events of her youth. But Clodagh soon learns that you can never entirely escape your past.
In the aftermath of the incident on the pylon--one of the great electrified structures that dot the English countryside like so many gargantuan grasshoppers--Clodagh goes off to university, moves into a basement flat arranged by her unsympathetic family, and finds freedom trekking across London's rooftops with a gang of neighborhood misfits. As she begins a thrilling relationship with a fellow climber, however, both Clodagh and the reader are haunted by the memory of the pylon and of the terrible thing that happened there--and by the eerie sense that another tragedy is just a footfall away.
“Mesmerizing. . . . A teasing narrative of fatal obsession.”--Orlando Sentinel
“The Vine novels are sublime works of psychological suspense…Grasshopper is as skillful as anything this wonderful writer has done."--The Seattle Times
"A typically elegant, and typically elegiac, turn from the woman with two award-winning names. And one superlative voice."--Fort Worth Star Telegram