The Minotaur

The Minotaur

Book - 2005
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From the author "Time" magazine calls "the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world," comes an elegant and gripping new novel that blurs the line between psychological suspense and Gothic horror. Kerstin Krist arrives at the vine-covered Lydstep Old Hall in rural Essex to care for John Cosway, a former mathematical genius, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and kept under heavy sedation. John is the sole heir of the immense Cosway estate. As he takes his daily walks or sits quivering in a labyrinthine library, the rest of the family plots their own ways of coming into the fortune. It is classic Barbara Vine-an absolutely enthralling tale that keeps turning and twisting until the very last page.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2005
ISBN: 9780143052074
0143052071
Branch Call Number: VIN
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,21 cm

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Mar 03, 2015

I really enjoyed this book with all it's colourful characters.
lots of twists and turns in the plot and a good ending.

xaipe Jun 18, 2014

Modern Gothic set in a gloomy countryside mansion in a remote part of Essex. The story takes place in the 1960's. The narrator, a Swedish woman named Kerstin Kvist whose first name is pronounced "Shashtin" (?), is a trained nurse who accepts a position caring for John who is most probably profoundly autistic in an era before this was a diagnosis. Other characters are the pathologically domineering matriarch, 2 middle aged love-starved sisters who vie for the local vicar's and local artist's attentions, and a third sister who has a mysterious background and whose paternity is questionable. Add a vast library which is constructed like a labyrinthine maze where John loves to hide and you have "The Woman in White" and "Jane Eyre" to complete the Victorian genre. Barbara Vine's sly observations of British mannerisms and customs make this a very stylish novel. In other less capable hands, it would have been a potboiler, but it was fun to read even though there were no ripped bodices.

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