This book deals with the themes of homosexuality and single motherhood, in an intriguing way. There are parallels between two stories, one set in the present day, and the other, a novel-within-a novel, in the late 1930′s. The author is actually Ruth Rendell, whose ability to write suspenseful mysteries is well known. Apart from my resentment at her labelling Julian of Norwich a “weird woman”, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
“Ruth Rendell writes as Barbara Vine
with twists and turns along the line.”