By Barbara Vine
An unforgettable story of puzzle and obsession through Barbara Vine (pseudonym of Ruth Rendell, winner of the secret Writers of the US Grand grasp Award for lifetime achievement)
This is the totally soaking up tale of best-selling novelist Gerald Candless, whose unexpected loss of life from a middle assault leaves at the back of a spouse and doting daughters. To kind via her grief, one among his daughters, Sarah, comes to a decision to put in writing a biography of her across the world celebrated father.
Within hours of starting her learn, Sarah comes around the first of what is going to be many stunning revelations. As her lifestyles is slowly torn aside, a bad common sense ultimately emerges to provide an explanation for her mother's remoteness, her father's have to regularly reinvent himself in his paintings, and a long-forgotten London murder.
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You see, our sister Candida died before Papa did, and Olivia said she hoped Candida’s children would die too, and then she would come into her own. ’ Candida felt as if something cold had touched her. It didn’t come from Miss Cara — her hand was burning hot. It let go of her wrist now and went up to touch the carefully ordered hair, incongruously black above the ravaged face. She had stopped crying, and though her eyelids were reddened and the smooth powdered surface of her skin had been impaired, she had a relaxed look.
Mrs. Harbord still had that shaking hand pressed against her lips. It came down now and went out groping to the arm of the chair. She said in a startled voice, ‘Ellen Kean — did she send you? I thought —’ ‘No, she did not send me. ’ Mrs. Harbord said in a choked voice, ‘She came in — and she sat there — and she didn’t believe a word I said. She come like it was her Christian duty to come, and because I sent for her. She’d gone up in the world, and I’d gone down, but we went to school together.
Papa said it was a most shocking case, and just like King Lear! ’ It was at this moment by the light of a blinding flash of anger that Stephen became aware he was in love with Candida Sayle. Chapter Eight It was next day that Miss Silver met Mr. Puncheon in the street. He was hurrying along and had already passed her in a short-sighted manner, when he seemed suddenly to recollect himself and turned back. ‘Miss Silver — I really beg your pardon’t I have been wanting to see you — I was immersed in my thoughts.