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  1. says:

    The first time I read this book, I thought it a bit too clever But this time I liked it a lot It s a mystery about the life of one man, now dead, woven amongst a complicated set of characters on a family tree, or rather, a couple of family trees It is, in effect, a puzzle If you re in the mood for solving puzzles, this is the book for you And also, of course, it s written with Ruth Rendell Barbara Vine s always skillful evocation of place, people and psychology.


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    All indications, when looking at the cover of this book, lead the reader to believe that this will be one of Vine s psychological thrillers I figured that some surgeon, obsessed with blood, would be traveling the British Isles with scalpel in hand looking for his next victim But the reader of this book must look a little closer at the two words following the title, THE BLOOD DOCTOR Those two words are A Novel This changes everything.More on the lines of Vine s A Chimney Sweeper s Boy, this book is not a thriller but does test the psyche of its main character, Martin Nanther, as he takes on the task of writing his great grandfather s biography I always wonder what compels an author to write under a pseudonym as Ruth Rendall does when she writes as Barbara Vine A Chimney Sweeper s Boy and The Blood Doctor, both written under the Vine name, are perfect examples of why an author would do this They are both such a departure from the books written under Rendall s real name While both are dark and mysterious at times, Vines s books take on a different edge as they weave in and out of the lives of her characters and almost no one escapes scrutiny This book is such an amazing achievement.so amazing that I couldn t stop thinking about it every time I was forced to put it down to get on with my daily life.As I mentioned already, Martin Nanther, frustrated author, decides to write about his great grandfather s life The research involved is so very interesting because Henry Nanther lived in the nineteenth century, was a physician to Queen Victoria and also specialized in hemophilia a disease very familiar to Queen Victoria and her royal family.thus the title of the book When Martin discovers hemophilia in some of Henry s own descendants, the plot thickens and Martin is determined to find its roots as he interviews every distant cousin he can find This research is also aided by letters written by Henry s children as well as Henry s own journal entries.At the same time he is doing all this research, Martin is waging war with his own inner demons as his wife of four years is obsessed with having a childa child that Martin is not looking forward to having As she continually miscarries, Martin is at a loss to show the empathy he should be feeling but just can t muster As if this isn t enough stress for one individual, Martin is about to be stripped of his hereditary peerage, and the income that goes along with it, as the House of Lords is being reformed This is a peerage he inherited from none other than his great grandfather Henry I found this part of the book so very fascinating as I know so little about the workings of the English government.So between his great grandfather s obsession with blood, Queen Victoria s hemophiliac royal family, the work involved in researching a biography, a wife who miscarries for no apparent reason and learning about the inner workings of the House of Lords, this book was than I ever anticipated You know that feeling when you re not expecting a great book and you get one It s not Rendall and her psychological thrillers.it s Vine at her best writing A Novel.


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    compellingly dull is that a thing the premise is somewhat interesting, i guess a book about a writer trying to decipher his great grandfather s past interwoven with his wife s desire for a viable pregnancy but there s no decent payoff you keep reading hoping something interesting will happen, but it doesn t it s a bunch of family histories with unmemorable names and failed pregnancies i only use the word compelling because i did keep reading. but the writing isn t that particularly remarkable, so idk i was hoping the grandfather would turn out be a serial killer or a murderer, but view spoiler it turns out he selected a family to breed into solely to produce a hemophiliac child and then when he did, after 4 or 5 other children, he actually loved the kid and then it died hide spoiler


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    Haemophilia in the Royal family Not a usual theme for a whodunnit, but this is Barbara Vine we re talking about I have a feeling that Ruth Rendell isn t necessarily writing with a different voice with these novels, but uses this penname for what she considers to be her best work The Barbara Vine novels are certainly the meatiest with character development, a fiendishly complicated plot, consideration given to motivations and generally are scholarly.As often is the case, the viewpoint character here finds parallels in his own life to what he is revealing with his research, and the tension is cleverly built up towards the conclusion This book is claustrophobic but a real page turner Barbara Vine at her finest.


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    Bloody Henry.Lord Nanther the younger is so dense I worked out the main twist so very much earlier than slow old Martin Waiting and waiting and waiting for him to get it He s about as slow as this story Not that I didn t like it, but it s quite different to other Barbara Vine If you like action packed, this is not for you.Of course, I didn t work out the finer points of Henry s remorse, but view spoiler planning a bleeder in his family was patently obvious I was also certain Henry had orchestrated Eleanor s murder, so I didn t work out all the actual coincidences.And how could Martin not write the biography It would have been magnificent, but most likely as dry as Martin s excruciating first person point of view So it s a good thing Barbara Vine wrote the biography instead hide spoiler


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    5 29 14 I ve actually changed my rating of this book from to I am almost finished with a re read and find it to be probably Vine s busiest book, with multiple story lines and a vast number of characters either present or referred to.This is one of the Vines that Rendell Vine readers are often divided on many, like myself, love it, and others find it tedious going I was engrossed by it from the get go, though admittedly I find the historical sections of the book to be the interesting As most of the Vines do, it s set in the past and the present, with Old Sins casting their long shadows Rendell is a Life Peer, active in the House of Lords, and this book displays her insider s knowledge.


  7. says:

    I could read this woman s grocery list This one didn t disappoint It delivered a creepy crawly historical mystery though somewhat slowly It also featured an unusual love of my obsessively detailed descriptions of a person s employment It this case, a member of the House of Lords.


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    3.5 starsI thought this was interesting Some parts are a bit overly technical, but it deals with a complicated process so that might have been unavoidable Martin is a journalist who starts researching his family history Many people seemed to die around his great grandfather a Victorian physician and favourite with Queen Victoria, who seems to have a professional interest in Hemophilia Martin s research leads to startling discoveries about his family history.As well as the historical element, the stuff about Martin and his wife attempting to have a child despite her age and fertility problems, there is quite a lot of interesting stuff about the process of designer babies and how some medical conditions will perhaps one day be obsolete as a result of such developments Barbara Vine mostly sticks to the medical element of these advances rather than the morals If you have strong feelings about this type of medical developments, you might want to give at missThe characters in the book are not particularly likable, I was glad to see the back of them in all honesty The descriptions of London were good enough to make me a bit homesick.


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    Martin Nanther is writing a biography of his great grandfather Henry, a famous Victorian doctor and hemophilia expert, as the same time as he faces some large issues in his personal life his wife is obsessed with having a baby, and his seat in the House of Lords is about to be abolished As in A Dark Adapted Eye, I really liked how Vine weaves together the past and present history of a family One would think that the connection would be less immediate here than in A Dark Adapted Eye, where the narrator actually lived through the past events of the story, but Henry s life and what Martin discovers about it influences Martin s own life in interesting ways I did figure out fairly early on what the big mystery was about Henry, but that didn t change the impact of the narrative for me it may be a little less suspenseful than is Vine Rendell s wont, but I found it absorbingly complex I was particularly interested, oddly, in the bits about the House of Lords, not a subject I d ever thought or read much about.


  10. says:

    The topic was certainly interesting and the book makes an attempt to thread the current age with the past, but the pacing is completely off The book trudges along so slowly that it s hard to maintain an interest A number of themes are very deliberately and unnecessarily repeated blood blood blood , every attractive female apparently resembles the narrator s wife, and a huge number of characters and names make it hard to keep up at times If you are observant it isn t difficult to figure out the big reveal about a quarter of the way through the book.If the story had been told in about half the length, it would have been great As it stands, The Blood Doctor requires some patience to get through.


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The Blood Doctor download The Blood Doctor, read online The Blood Doctor, kindle ebook The Blood Doctor, The Blood Doctor d5b8067e478a When Martin Nanther, Hereditary Peer In The House Of Lords, Is Choosing The Subject Of His Next Biography, He Becomes Intrigued By The Life Of His Own Great Grandfather, Henry Nanther So Grateful Was Queen Victoria For Henry S Services As Physician To The Royal Family That She Granted Him A Peerage, Making Him A Lord, The First Doctor Ever To Be So Honored Henry Had Been Especially Attentive To Hemophiliacs In The Royal Family, For He Was Obsessed With Blood As He Recounted In His Diary, Red Is My Favorite Color To Me A Splash Of Blood Is Beautiful, And I Profoundly Lack Understanding Of Those Who Flinch Or Even Faint At The Sight Of It As His Research Deepens, Martin Begins To Uncover Hints That His Great Grandfather S Fascination With Blood May Have Had Its Darker Side The Murder Of Henry S Fianc E, The Death Of His Young Son, The Remarkable Number Of Relatives And Friends Who Died Mysteriously Could All These Have Been Mere Coincidence Martin Scours England And America For Relatives Whose Attics Or Memories Might Hold Clues, Until Finally The Tragic Truth Stands RevealedDrawing From The Dark Themes Of Obsession And Murder That Drive So Many Of Barbara Vine S Extraordinary Novels, The Blood Doctor Is Also Enriched By Domestic Intimacies Familiar To Readers Of Ruth Rendell S Beloved Inspector Wexford Novels And By Details Of Dame Rendell S Own Experience As A Life Peer In The House Of Lords Once Again We Have A Masterful Work From A Storyteller Of The Highest Order