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A Dark Dividing By: Sarah Rayne October 1, 2011

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     Here is a novel that takes one to different times and into many lives,more than one of which are inhabited by conjoined twins. The plot jumps about, and I am not fond of that technique because I usually find one story line more interesting than the others. But not in this dark selection! It didn’t matter whose tale Rayne was telling, as I started each chapter, I said, “oh, goody!” and jumped right in instead of looking ahead to see how long it was before I got to one of the others. The cover of this book said it was as psychologically compelling as a Barbara Vine novel and this reader happily agrees. (Barbara Vine is the nom de plume of the genius British writer, Ruth Rendell.)
     I refuse, as usual, to tell too much about the plot, but both the modern and long past stories are horrifying, each in their own way. One of the modern tales with a father who wants to keep twins who can be separated together to attain his political goals is as frightening as the late 1800s/early 1900s workhouse children who find a way to dispose of the “piggy-eyed” men who pop up to take the most attractive among them into a world of prostitution. I highly recommend this selection for those who like either British and American mysteries, horror stories, thrillers, or mainstream fiction. The book is a page turner, and there is something in it for each of us to forever recall with a delightful shiver. “Tis the season, after all, and isn’t that cover, alone, enough to make you pick it up?



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