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  1. says:

    The surprise ending, or what Vine seems to have intended to be a surprise ending, is patently obvious even from glancing over the summary on the dust jacket And, geez, will you ever have a trip in front of you if you decide to take the long road to getting there This book plodded on and on and on Vine s prose offers no whimsy or originality it s pretty much four hundred pages of simple declarative sentences There is very little dialogue, and what little of it exists is scripted entirely by the plot and subplot, and totally forgettable The build up to the ending is a chore, and the dramatic reveal comes about all at once in the last few pages, with little warning and no denouement to speak of You could effectively read the last five pages and then throw this book aside, and you would have missed very little in so doing Although, I did like Ursula, I can t for the life of me understand why she hung around with this bore and jerk of a husband for than a year or two The two daughters were boring as well as being a couple of daddy girl brats who treated their long suffering mother with disdain Since Ursula was the only likable character in the book, that was just icky To put it bluntly, this is a mystery without mystery, a thriller without thrills.


  2. says:

    I m a huge Ruth Rendell fan, and I love her Barbara Vine persona novels the best.This one is classic Barbara Vine You know the mystery right away It s the way the mystery is solved and how the story unfolds that s intriguing You can see it coming about 100 pages from the end, but the way she hooks you in is by making you want to know the exquisite details of the story The details aren t just technical things like guns, alibis, idiotic and awkward explanations, and the rest that normal mysteries are teeming with.Because of this, Rendell Vine is at the top of her craft, and it is because of people like her, and P.D James, Henning Mankel, and others, that I can t read schlock mysteries or ho hum mystery writers I ll refrain from naming names, although I m tempted The theme is also compelling you understand it from page one, but it s got its own terrific complexity.Wonderful book highly recommended.


  3. says:

    Finished 11th February 2009.This was a strange book Hard to put down I did not find a single character that I could feel true sympathy with, Gerald was arrogant and domineering I wanted to shake Ursula for being so submissive and accepting of his mental abuse The daughters were spoilt and immature What a family but a good read and I was intrigued to find what his secret was at the very end of the book I can t see why the events would cause Gerald to become so unloving and hard, can somone change so much so suddenly


  4. says:

    It was a pleasure to discover Barbara Vine s gifted narrative on the pages of this book It was no standard , typical plot mystery This complex tale is certainly character driven and what an interesting lot these people are Although it is not a small novel, it was compelling enough to cause me to yearn to continue my reading when occupied elsewhere Vine was able to maintain the tension until the very last sentence on the last page I shall certainly pursue books by this author


  5. says:

    I had read this before some years ago but somehow it ended up on my to be read shelf once again Following one of bookcrossings theme of the month threads, Jan was jobs and careers, I picked this one up and read it again I did not remember most of it, although it had left me with some impressions that I would only recognize had become part of my thoughts when I read those parts this second time around It is a very unhappy book for nearly every character, if you are looking for happy endings don t look here Gerald Candless, famous author, passes away and his oldest daughter decides she will write a memoir of her father What she discovers is that his identity is false, he is not the man she thought he was, who is he who are she and her sister if their father is not who he said he was Like all Ruth Rendell s written as Barbara Vine books this one is dark, compelling, well written It is powerful but ugly and left me feeling a little emotionally ill.


  6. says:

    Barbara Vine is rising to the top of my favorite authors list Her psychological suspense novels are all so individual, so very well written with wonderfully developed characters that I want to know about.after the novel has ended This novel is no exception.The Chimney Sweeper s Boy is peopled by an odd assortment of characters whose histories are the fabric of the novel It s not a standard mystery, not a standard type plot, but you ll find yourself compulsively reading to find out how it ends Vine really is a master at grabbing the reader and not letting go Highly recommended to those who enjoy character driven narratives with suspense.


  7. says:

    I re read this book to fit my book group s puzzle theme Barbara Vine s novels are always good puzzlers never who done it , but why was it done The Chimney Sweeper s Boy opens with the death of Gerald Candless Candless was a famous writer, both best selling critically acclaimed, who spent 30 years in a loveless marriage raised his two daughters to worship him to a point where they are quite dysfunctional Now in the process of researching her father s biography, daughter discovers her father was not who he claimed to be Prior to his marriage, he d left his family of origin behind, changed his name, faked the details of his early life to maintain the cover up Why did Gerald leave his family take on a new identity Why did he marry Ursula stay with her for over 30 years when he clearly didn t love her Why did he need his daughters to love him so desperately Now that he s gone, will they survive Characters Mostly supremely unattractive I liked Ursula Setting England London, probably 1970s Writing This is what keeps me coming back to B Vine Because she s a skilled writer, you want to keep reading you want to find out what will happen in spite of yourself Overall feeling at end of book glad that icky Gerald is dead hopeful of daughters being dead hopeful that Ursula will escape to some tropical island with a new love Hard to believe anyone would do what Gerald did so I m glad things have changed over the years.


  8. says:

    This was a pretty good book At times I felt it dragged on just a little bit.I found myself feeling irritated by the two very selfish daughters who treat their mother like she doesn t exist, and I m bothered that by the end of the book, they STILL don t realize what their mother went through I would have liked to see some resolution I would have liked to have an actual ending to the story It seems as though the story ends before there is any closure for any of the characters I wanted to see how they would react to the news.I grew to very much dislike the character of Gerald Candless also I feel like he was so selfish and arrogant, and just plain ignorant The way he removes his wife from his daughter s lives is disgusting By the time I got to the end of the book, I felt like what happened to make him the way he was wasn t enough It was disturbing, yes, but not enough to condemn an innocent person to a life without love or even consideration.The story flowed smoothly and the writing style was enjoyable I like to give it 3.5 stars if I could.


  9. says:

    Was a good, though slow to medium paced read.Gerald Candless, a semi reclusive author who lives in a cliff top house near the misty sea coast of Devon dies of a cardiac arrest His doting daughters are asked by His publisher to write his biography, and the elder one agrees This decision opens up a Pandora s box and she finds that everything was a lie.The ever suffering neglected wife and mother ekes out a life for herself and the daughters try to deal with their own demons as best as they could.I absolutely loved the surroundings, the slow revealing of secrets, and overall the character development Reminisced a bit about leading a reclusive life with all comforts, and never having to go out o work for a living.


  10. says:

    Having never read a Barbara Vine before, but being recommended this book specifically and by someone whose judgement I value, I looked forward to starting it and I wasn t disappointed The Chimney Sweeper s Boy is an extraordinary, character driven book that tells the story of the Candless family following the death of the patriarch, the famous novelist, Gerard Candless The hugely successful Candless leaves behind a remote and unhappy wife, Ursula, and two utterly bereft daughters, Sarah and Hope, who simply adored the talented and larger than life man, with a powerful personality, who was their father But when Sarah is commissioned to write a memoir of growing up with such a literary celebrity as a parent, she uncovers her father s desperate secret, a secret that caused him, many years earlier, to erase his past and identity and create a new one.The way this story unfolds is precise and irresistible The main characters, especially the spoiled and completely indulged daughters, is sympathetic to people who, in other spaces and places, might even be abhorrent It s testimony to Vine s power as a writer that we, the readers, nonetheless invest in them and care about the ways the mysterious past of Gerard Candless, and his many secrets, infect the present and who and what his family have become The novel is also, in many ways, a book about the writing process about choices, processes, about the dreadful liberties some writers will take and the haughty presumption that all encounters, including with those who share your life, are potential literary fodder It is also about the power of words as much as actions , to wound, betray, conceal and, possibly, heal.I found this an astounding book It will resonate with me for a long time.


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The Chimney Sweeper's Boy download The Chimney Sweeper's Boy, read online The Chimney Sweeper's Boy, kindle ebook The Chimney Sweeper's Boy, The Chimney Sweeper's Boy 706831e54a50 Writing As Barbara Vine, Britain S Preeminent Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell Crafts Literary Suspense Of The Highest Order With This Richly Textured And Utterly Absorbing Page Tumer, Vine Adds To Her Growing Reputation As One Of The Great Writers Of Our TimeBestselling And Critically Acclaimed Novelist Gerald Candless Dies Suddenly, And Leaves Behind A Wife And Two Doting Daughters To Sort Through Her Grief, His Daughter Sarah Puts Aside Her University Studies And Agrees To Write A Biography Of Her Famous Father But As She Begins Her Research And Pulls Back The Veil Of His Past, Her Life Is Slowly Torn Apart A Terrible Logic Begins To Unfold That Explains Her Mother S Remoteness, Her Father S Need To Continually Reinvent Himself And Sheds Shocking Light On A Long Forgotten London Murder