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REVIEW The Minotaur Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW REVIEW ´ The Minotaur As soon as Kerstin Kvist arrives at remote ivy covered Lydstep Old Hall in Essex she feels like a character in a gothic novel A young nurse fresh out of school Kerstin has been hired for a position with the Cosway family residents of the Hall for generations She is soon introduced to her charge John Cosway a thirty nine year old man whose strange behavior is vaguely explained by his mother and sister. Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for the author Ruth Rendell and under this nom de plume she publishes novels of psychological suspense This one The Minotaur published in 2005 also has elements of modern Gothic horror It was possibly written as a homage to traditional Gothic mystery stories The story is narrated by a young Swedish woman Kerstin Kvist who despite a lack of experience in psychiatric nursing has decided to take a position as a nurse with the Cosway family at Lydstep Old Hall a huge old crumbling mansion in the depths of Essex This house is peopled with five dreadful monstrous women and one man The matriarch of the family is Julia Cosway a tyrannical woman who takes an instant dislike to Kerstin refusing even to pronounce her name properly She does not believe that there is any need for a nurse at the Hall only having taken Kerstin on at the insistence of her son and immediately makes sure Kerstin is made aware of her opinions She has four daughters three of whom live with her permanently plus her son John a 39 year old man who lives in a perpetual drug induced haze It is Kirsten s job to look after this man although she doubts whether there is anything wrong with him It becomes clear as the novel progresses that view spoilerhe is being treated for schizophrenia although the actual medical term is not used for a long time and Kirsten s later deduction that he must have had Asperger s a mild form of autism comes almost at the end as a retrospective diagnosis hide spoiler uirkyalone A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics job to look after this man although she doubts whether there is anything wrong with him It becomes clear as the novel progresses that view spoilerhe is being treated for schizophrenia although the actual medical term is not used for a long time and Kirsten s later deduction that he must have had Asperger s a mild form of autism comes almost at the end as a retrospective diagnosis hide spoiler

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REVIEW The Minotaur Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW REVIEW ´ The Minotaur S as part of the madness that runs in the family Weeks go by at Lydstep with little to mark the passage of time beyond John's daily walks and the amusingly provincial happenings that engross the Cosway women and Kerstin occupies her many free hours at the Hall reading or making entries into her diary Meanwhile bitter wrangling among Julia Cosway and her four grown daughters becomes increasingly evide. A young Swedish nurse Kerstin that s Shastin Kvist takes a post in an isolated Essex estate in this peculiar tale that s straight out of an English Gothic novel Assigned to care for a mathematical prodigy beset by schizophrenia Kerstin is unnerved by the female inhabitants of Lystep Old Hall and begins to suspect her new charge s madness is grotesuely rooted in his uartet of neurotic sisters and their strict scarecrow esue matriarchAmong the worthwhile aspects of Barbara Vine s The Minotaur are its evocative imagery and strong Gothic overtones the old English manor enveloped in green vines the labyrinthine library the sleepy Windrose village etc that lend so much color and depth to the story and will stick with readers for a long time Although set in contemporary times the story is brimming with veiled allusions to the works of Charlotte Bront and Jane Austen that s sure to engage readers of Victorian literatureVine s characters particularly those of the maladaptive and toxic Cosway family are intensely imagined and believable albeit loathsome in their maddening eccentricities and selfish motivations One shudders to think of such individuals existing amongst society Kerstin the heroine is exasperating in both her cluelessness and her willingness to fall in line with the tyrannical edicts of Mrs Cosway Kerstin is not only incredibly slow to draw realizations that readers have already made chapters earlier but she so often fails to speak her mind when it matters most whether to reveal what she knows to the authorities or to drive some much needed sense into Ella Cosway over her unreuited relationship with the philandering Felix Dunsford Although frustrating at times the Cosways are an unforgettable batch of well crafted characters they mesmerize and repel readers with their secrets their petty suabbles and their overbearing idiosyncrasies which coupled with the author s fine narrative voice lends greatly to a sense of forebodingAbsorbing and intelligently written The Minotaur invokes a genteel English milieu that begets cruelty and violence the novel offers a shrewd psychological examination of the dysfunctional family and the dark side of human nature

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REVIEW The Minotaur Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW REVIEW ´ The Minotaur Nt But this is just the most obvious of the tensions that charge the old remote estate with its sealed rooms full of mystery Soon Kerstin will find herself in possession of knowledge she will wish she'd never attained secrets that will propel the occupants of Lydstep Old Hall headlong into sexual obsession betrayal and finally murderAlso available in a Random House Large Print edition and as an eBook. The Minotaur by Barbara Vine could best be described as a Gothic mystery psychological thriller Despite a lack of experience in psychiatric nursing Kerstin Kvist decided to take a position with the Cosway family at the imposing Virginia creeper entwined Lydstep Old Hall John Cosway her new charge is a 39 year old man man being treated for schizophrenia He lives in a perpetual drug induced stupor with his mother and four sisters The family matriarch Julia Cosway is a tyrannical woman who appears to approve of nothing and no one She does not believe that there is any need for a nurse at the Hall and immediately makes sure Kerstin is made aware of her opinions Her eldest daughter Ida Cosway is well what do you call a housewife who is not a wife She basically does all of the cooking and most of the cleaning at Lydstep Old Hall and seems to be resigned to that appointment Winifred Cosway appears to be a prim and proper church going lady She is a caterer by trade and has just become engaged to Eric Dawson the town Vicar Ella Cosway is an unmarried teacher and part time party girl and the youngest Cosway child Zorah is an independently wealthy widowLydstep Old Hall is awash with tension secrets and locked rooms full of mystery An observant student of human nature Kerstin soon finds herself in possession of uncomfortable information about the Cosways knowledge that when illuminated after a terrible family tragedy may prove to be the undoing of the Cosway familyThe Minotaur is a haunting masterpiece of psychological suspense Vine s carefully constructed story is incredibly absorbing and full of labyrinthine twists and turns that will draw you in to this maze of deceit The plot is fairly obvious but the build up of the story is truly superb The Minotaur is not really a who dun it type of mystery and so will not likely appeal to fans of that sub genre Vine is much interested in the why aspect of the crime the psychological reasons behind the family tragedy and thus is able to create a thoroughly delicious and engrossing read Buried Mountain Secrets just the most obvious of the tensions that charge the old remote estate with its sealed rooms full of mystery Soon Kerstin will find herself in possession of knowledge she will wish she'd never attained secrets that will propel the occupants of Lydstep Old Hall headlong into sexual obsession betrayal and finally murderAlso available in a Random House Large Print edition and as an eBook. The Minotaur by Barbara Vine could best be described as a Gothic mystery psychological thriller Despite a lack of experience in psychiatric nursing Kerstin Kvist decided to take a position with the Cosway family at the imposing Virginia creeper entwined Lydstep Old Hall John Cosway her new charge is a 39 year old man man being treated for schizophrenia He lives in a perpetual drug induced stupor with his mother and four sisters The family matriarch Julia Cosway is a tyrannical woman who appears to approve of nothing and no one She does not believe that there is any need for a nurse at the Hall and immediately makes sure Kerstin is made aware of her opinions Her eldest daughter Ida Cosway is well what do you call a housewife who is not a wife She basically does all of the cooking and most of the cleaning at Lydstep Old Hall and seems to be resigned to that appointment Winifred Cosway appears to be a prim and proper church going lady She is a caterer by trade and has Buried Mountain Secrets just become engaged to Eric Dawson the town Vicar Ella Cosway is an unmarried teacher and part time party girl and the youngest Cosway child Zorah is an independently wealthy widowLydstep Old Hall is awash with tension secrets and locked rooms full of mystery An observant student of human nature Kerstin soon finds herself in possession of uncomfortable information about the Cosways knowledge that when illuminated after a terrible family tragedy may prove to be the undoing of the Cosway familyThe Minotaur is a haunting masterpiece of psychological suspense Vine s carefully constructed story is incredibly absorbing and full of labyrinthine twists and turns that will draw you in to this maze of deceit The plot is fairly obvious but the build up of the story is truly superb The Minotaur is not really a who dun it type of mystery and so will not likely appeal to fans of that sub genre Vine is much interested in the why aspect of the crime the psychological reasons behind the family tragedy and thus is able to create a thoroughly delicious and engrossing read


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    PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO â Barbara Vine Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for the author Ruth Rendell and under this nom de plume she publishes novels of psychological suspense This one The Minotaur published in 2005 also has elements of modern Gothic horror It was possibly written as a homage to traditional Gothic mystery stories The story is narrated by a young Swedish woman Kerstin Kvist who despite a lack of experience in psychiatric nursing has decided to ta

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    PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW I really had no idea what to read first in 2015 I actually felt like I had the reader's euivalent of writer's block especially when reading others' blog posts and tweets about how the first book of the year should be some

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    REVIEW The Minotaur PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO â Barbara Vine I will start by admitting that I am a shameless Barbara VineRuth Rendell fan girl If you find me gushing about her books non stop please bear wi

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    PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine Kerstin arrives in a little English town to assist a family to care for their mentally ill sonbrother When she arrives she realises that something is not right John the man she is meant to be looking after is not uite what he seems What follows is a modern day gothic novel set in the 1960s complete with the old house with secrets including

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    Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine I wonder if Tana French has read Barbara Vine? This is the second standalone written under Ruth Rendell’s penname that I have read and I think there are similarities between French and Vine novels in pacing and style; particularly

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    REVIEW The Minotaur Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO â Barbara Vine A young Swedish nurse Kerstin that’s “Shastin” Kvist takes a post in an isolated Essex estate in this peculiar tale that’s straight out of an English Gothic novel Assigned to care for a mathematical prodigy beset by schizophrenia Kerstin is unnerved by the female inhabitants of Lystep Old Hall and begins to suspect her new charge’s madness is grotesuely rooted in his uartet of neurotic sisters and their strict scarecrow

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    REVIEW The Minotaur PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO â Barbara Vine I wanted to like this book I was much influenced by the reviews noted on the back cover by other good mystery writers I will be forewarned next time I wanted to like this book also because I am looking for another writer I can read as a series This won't be one The pace is glacial OK I get it that she is developing the characters B

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    PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO â Barbara Vine Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW This is my new favorite Barbara Vine novel and she's my new favorite mysterythrillercreepy situation author I listened to this one in the car and it was read by a woman who did a lovely Swedish accent but also did terrific yet subtle voices for the rest of the characters It's a story that reveals early in the book that there was a situation a bad situation though you don't know exactly what it is and when it's going to happen And

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    Barbara Vine â 1 REVIEW PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine The Minotaur by Barbara Vine could best be described as a Gothic mystery psychological thriller Despite a lack of experience in psychiatric nursing Kerstin Kvist decided to take a position with the Cosway family at the imposing Virginia creeper entwined Lydstep Old Hall John Cosway her new charge is a 39 year old man man being treated for schizophrenia He lives in a perpetual drug induced stupor with his mother and four sisters The family

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    PDF NEW The Minotaur ¸ Barbara Vine A wonderful re read of a Barbara Vine classic about a cool minded diary keeping Swedish nurse Kerstin Kvist employed to care for John Cosway an enigmatic autistic man in his shabby English country house All the other occupants are classic inhabitants of Vine country – a family of snobbish yet oddly vulnerable women who have a vested interest in the status uo of John’s illness being preserved Enter Felix a sociopathically vi

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  • Hardcover
  • 341
  • The Minotaur
  • Barbara Vine
  • English
  • 14 October 2020
  • 9780307237606