The Child's Child (Hardcover)
Scribner Book Company, 9781451694895, 302pp.
Publication Date: December 4, 2012
Praise For The Child's Child…
“The Rendell/Vine partnership has for years been producing consistently better work than most Booker winners put together.”
“Barbara Vine is Ruth Rendell letting rip.”
"A novel by Ruth Rendell (or her literary alter ego, Barbara Vine) is like none other..... The results are seldom what we expect them to be, and that is part of this author's special genius."
"Vine vividly conjures the high price paid by social outcasts, even in our own supposedly enlightened age."
"Just a cracking good read."
"Ruth Rendell, whether writing her mystery novels or molting into Barbara Vine and burrowing deep into réalité intérieure, has always written thoughtful novels on the consequences of our choice."
"In the hands of Vine, otherwise known as Ruth Rendell, the book-within-a-book strategy evolves into something infinitely more intricate — a sinister, constantly shifting Rubik's Cube of motives, betrayals, and violence. Grade A"
"A study of taboos of the past and the growing tolerance of the present -- except when open-mindedness is absent -- The Child's Child encompasses darkness and light -- and simultaneously offers diverting fiction with thought-provoking but never preachy purpose."
''Subtle'' is an inadequate word for Ruth Rendell. So are 'crafty,' 'cunning,' 'clever' and 'sly.' Although these are accurate descriptions of her confounding technique, a better word would be 'surprising.' Whatever it is you might think Rendell is up to, especially when she's writing as Barbara Vine -- that's not it."
"Not even fans who expect more felonies will be able to put this one down."
"These last pages are as thrilling as anything Vine or Rendell has ever written. As for the rest, they are simply superb. She can make your blood boil or run cold at will."