Ruth Rendell has held her place atop the world of mystery writers for decades, writing dozens of books that have won numerous awards, captivated countless fans, and collected widespread critical acclaim. Writing as Barbara Vine, she is the Edgar Award-winning author of such books as Chimney Sweeper's Boy and King Solomon's Carpet. Young Clodagh Brown loves to climb, especially the giant electrical pylons that form a neat row outside her parents' home. When this obsession breeds tragedy, her shamed family sends her to London for college. As a respite from insufferable classes, she begins climbing atop the local houses with her unique band of friends. But it is a practice that lands the group in a kidnapping scandal-and leads to a terrifying climax on the rooftops. Grasshopper is a meticulously crafted novel-a sharp and textured thriller infused with layers of psychological suspense. Narrator Jenny Sterlin steps into Clodagh's unique world and takes readers on a rousing adventure through the Victorian neighborhoods of London.
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"Writing as Barbara Vine, Rendell tells especially dark stories and focuses on the psychology of her characters. Here, as frequently happens in her Vine novels, the main character's life is irrevocably altered in an instant. As a teenager climbing electric pylons with her boyfriend, Clodagh Brown makes one mistake that leads to her boyfriend's death and to her own descent into de-pression and obsession. That ultimately lands her in a kidnapping scandal high atop the London rooftops. Jenny Sterlin's narrative pacing is splendid. Slow, reflective, and somber, she builds rapport between the listener and the first-person narrator. Sterlin voices the girl's suffering with pensive, melancholy elegance--her depression, fear, and severe bouts of claus-trophobia. Then, as Clodagh discovers freedom and friends, Sterlin eases her narration, making Clodagh lighter, brighter. Clodagh becomes an instrument played by Sterlin in a virtuoso performance. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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