Vanity Dies Hard

Vanity Dies Hard Ruth Rendell
  • Title: Vanity Dies Hard
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780345349521
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Vanity Dies Hard Ruth Rendell Vanity Dies Hard Wealthy Alice Whittaker now Alice Fielding is known for her generosity and when her friend Nesta vanishes Alice is determined to find her and help her If that means money well Alice has plenty of i
    Wealthy Alice Whittaker now Alice Fielding is known for her generosity, and when her friend Nesta vanishes Alice is determined to find her and help her If that means money, well, Alice has plenty of it.Then Alice starts to feel sick a virus perhaps, something she just can t shake Her handsome husband, who is ten years younger than she is, seems determined to keeWealthy Alice Whittaker now Alice Fielding is known for her generosity, and when her friend Nesta vanishes Alice is determined to find her and help her If that means money, well, Alice has plenty of it.Then Alice starts to feel sick a virus perhaps, something she just can t shake Her handsome husband, who is ten years younger than she is, seems determined to keep her at home Does he just want her to feel better Or is he trying to keep her from finding Nesta Ill though she is, Alice can t help asking questions And the she learns about Nesta s disappearance, the certain she becomes that her own life is in peril.
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    About Ruth Rendell


    1. A.K.A Barbara VineRuth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also wrote under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, was an acclaimed English crime writer, known for her many psychological thrillers and murder mysteries and above all for Inspector Wexford.


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    1. A very good gothic novel Alice s friend Nesta has seemed to have disappeared Alice is trying to find her after she moved away, first going to the address she had for her and finding it did not exist then tracking her to boarding place in London In the meantime, Alice is beginning to feel ill frequently with nausea and begins to suspect someone is poisoning her Although the first half of the novel is kind of slow, the suspense building as we see of what Alice imagines in the second half made the [...]

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    2. Ruth Rendell died a few months ago, but I still have a number of her books on my to read list, including Dark Corners, set to come out next month Vanity Dies Hard is one of her early thrillers, and it s a good one Alice, recently married to a younger man, is worried about her friend, Nesta, who seems to have vanished At first, it seems to be just a case of mixed up addresses, but as Alice asks questions of her friends, she finds out that Nesta had a lot to hide Even Alice s old uncle might have [...]

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    3. Early Rendell Classic suspense I love the early Rendells because they so crystallize how the world has changed in so little time The twist ending wouldn t be feasible today, but it s perfect for her setting and I totally guessed the outcome.

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    4. i really loved how this story surprised me at the end an intrigue of the best kind i would recommend it to everyone

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    5. Maybe read it before Saw the video on this story Think the video s ending is different As always, enjoyed it.

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    6. This story kept me guessing Only one of my guesses was correct Fun to read and try to figure out.

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    7. I actually just watched the movie Well done and had me fooled.

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    8. Always fun to read a book in one day Alice is a newly married, wealthy woman whose friend has gone missing Alice seems to have everything except self confidence She s 38 and married to a handsome 29 year old, and makes much out of the big age difference and how she s middle aged.The mystery of the missing friend is compounded by Alice s sudden illnesshas her friend been murdered and the same person is trying to poison Alice

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    9. The story was quite good and, I know, the times are changed since the sixties which is when the novel was written but I didn t like the women s representation AT ALL.

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    10. Not my favourite Rendell, sadly.

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    11. Originally published on my blog here in July 1999.In general, Ruth Rendell s Wexford novels are better than the others Vanity Dies Hard is an exception to this It is perhaps rather over extended, a problem that frequently seems to afflict Rendell it is too much a one idea piece of work to be a top class novel However, it is gripping, and the idea is very interesting, an unusual variation on the woman s fears that something strange is going on are dismissed as hysterical theme.Alice Whittaker is [...]

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    12. Alice is very happy in her new marriage, although she is very conscious of the fact that, at 38, she is 9 years older than her husband A very wealthy woman, Alice becomes worried when she is unable to contact a younger, glamorous friend she finds her attempts to locate the young woman thwarted time and time again, not least because she suddenly finds herself quite unwell, a new situation for this woman who has always been completely healthy As time passes and the mystery of her friend s disappe [...]

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    13. Careful, there will be spoilers to the whole tone of the book Better to read it cold Readers build expectations of plot development based on things like genre of publication, how many pages are left to the ending, even book cover and of course blurb Ruth Rendell, in her earlier books broke a lot of these rules of what a mystery or thriller is The best example is the justly famous A Judgment in Stone, where we are told on the very first sentence who did what to whom, when and why, breaking what i [...]

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    14. Admittedly I hadn t completely expected what happened in the end, but part of it was a pretty obvious twist The eventual explanation was unrealistic and torturous The book suffered all the way through from a degree of obviousness the clues leading up to Alice s shocking discovery were laid on a bit too thickly, leading to the reader always being too many steps ahead of Alice But it was equally obvious that this wasn t going to be the real explanation, that there would be a twist in the tale to c [...]

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    15. It was just what I d expect of a short mystery story from the 60 s Not to mention British.I couldn t care much for the plot because the author doesn t bother to make you like the characters The story itself is unappealing and boring I couldn t help thinking who cares whenever something happened Stupid, pointless, and uninteresting Also, it was too theatrical The drama seemed forced It was just really, really lame I should have read something else I guess I just read it because it was sitting the [...]

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    16. I like Ruth Rendell s books.I like them a lot.but not this one It just doesn t read like a Rendell book and hasn t much mystery to it Basically it is the story of a woman who has left her village and then disappeared Her friend becomes suspicious and thinks that she may have been murdered But is the friend just an hysteric or is there something afoot The solution is less than satisfying and there you have it Not one of Rendell s best by any means.

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    17. This proved to be one of my least favorite Rendells The time setting in the sixties probably made it believable than the tale would be if told now, although even the most naive of married women, and I was one of them, would surely have had awareness than did Alice Audiobooks can test the listener s memory, and with no ability to flick back a few pages, can make it easy to lose a thread.

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    18. So much of its time This book was published in 1966 and the world is very different now I m not sure it was ever like it was in this book It reminded me of Rebecca or of the Hitchcock film where the wife suspects that her rogue of a husband is trying to kill her The main character, Alice is too naive for words Still, it was a nice distraction

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    19. This was an unusual Ruth Rendell in that no one dies though this isn t clear until the end Not as good as some Rendell s perhaps it is just that the idea that women had to be good looking and couldn t attract a younger man is a bit out dated I did guess some of the clues that Alice is not being poisoned but is pregnant for instance Some of the plotting seems a bit pedestrian too.

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    20. An eerie, disquieting domestic thriller, written decades ago but still very current and modern One of the most effective of Ruth Rendell s early novels If you like Sophie Hannah s psychological thrillers, or are in need of dark delights after Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, read this.

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    21. Tienen merito enga ar al lector con una trama previsible y con mas de un t pico para luego sorprenderlo con un giro final inesperado, lastima que el mismo sea tan enrevesado que resulte poco convincente No es una de las mejores historias de Rendell

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    22. An enjoyable mystery, but its ending makes it hard to maintain a suspension of disbelief.

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    23. See The Secret House of Death.

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    24. Interesting, but definitely of its time Not the sort of mystery I was expecting.

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    25. Didn t like any of the characters so it s hard to much like the book.

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    26. A wonderful little Rendell Great characters that we re just given a glimpse at from outside.

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    27. In some ways the oddest murder mystery I have ever read in both plot and point of view tone I recommend the book for that reason than from pure enjoyment, which didn t often occur.

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    28. Een goed, ouderwets misdaadboek.

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