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10 thoughts on “The Tree of Hands

  1. says:

    I love books that have multiple plot lines that throw you for a loop until they are all nicely tied together This is one of those books It is dark and disturbing and definitely shows the not so nice side of people.It doesn t have the happy ending, so if you are looking for that look elsewhere.

  2. says:

    As I have stated elsewhere, I am a fan of Rendell s books although I have to tread warily with them as they are often extremely unsettling in a way different from most psychological thrillers I had read this book many years ago and another Goodreads friend have forgotten who was mentioning Rendell so I pulled this one off my shelf for a reread At the moment, I think that Tree of Hands is one of her best It has all the twists and turns one expects from her multiple plotlines and disparate characters who are strangers to one another equally at the mercy of some inescapable awful fate, neuroses, fixations and obsessions of all kinds And yet, unlike some of her books where one can be hard pressed to identify or sympathize with any of the characters, I found myself feeling pity for Barry, who seems like many many young men today unskilled and rootless yet looking for love, trying to be good men and getting involved with people who devalue and emasculate them I could also identify with and sympathize with Benet, the young writer, her grief and her choice this book would be a heck of a choice for a book club Does anyone know if this book has been filmed by BBC It would be perfect as a movie.

  3. says:

    There are those books that you read and enjoy and then forget Tree of Hands has stayed with me for years Like all of Rendell s books, it is uncomfortably dark and cynical She never hesitates to lure readers to sympathize with miscreants and then punish the characters Her books are like tense drives on a dangerous mountain road.

  4. says:

    When I first read this book, I felt as if I was holding my breath through most of it I am not a mother and don t feel particularly maternal, yet I found this book extremely disturbing for what happens to the children at the centre of the plot It worried me for ages afterwards and I d find myself going over it eventually, a couple of years later, I re read it It was no less disturbing but, somehow, second time around I was able to cope with it .This is in no way a criticism I love a novel that stays with me or invades my dreams and this one did It s not a Rendell novel that I ever see referred to much, yet I would probably rate it among her best.

  5. says:

    Another brilliant, character driven psychological thriller by Ruth Rendell This one tells the story of Benet Archdale, a successful novelist whose mentally ill mother visits from Spain and attempts to relieve a grievous situation with an ill advised act.

  6. says:

    There s always someone who survives all that mercenary horror unscathed I spent the whole story wondering how it could be possible this time.

  7. says:

    This book is philosophical and psychological than it is a mystery but it is suspenseful and there are crimes and misdeeds aplenty Benet s first book was wildly successful and she is now living very comfortably in London with her beloved little son James and working on her second book At the opposite end of the economic spectrum the waitress Carol lives with Barry, who adores her, but whom she refuses to marry, and her own little son Jason who is in the way than beloved At least Jason is with Carol some of the time but mostly at the babysitters Terence, Carol s former lover, is unhappily house sitting in a neighborhood near Benet s for his new lover who is on her own on holiday in the sunny Mediterranean All are struggling with their circumstances, their consciences and their obsessions As always it is very well written and she weaves in and out of the threads of these stories very skillfully.

  8. says:

    I got over 100 pages into the book, but I just couldn t finish it the only two characters I had feeling for were both in a mess of trouble, there wasn t even a murder yet just a kidnapping not really a spoiler alert since it s on the back cover for which one of those two characters either was being blamed or was going to be blamed , and the tension of worrying about the unjust suspicions, the element of mental illness, and worrying whether one of the two characters I liked was either going to murder or going to be murdered, was too much for me This is by no means to say that the book was ill written I have enjoyed reading Rendell s books before It is merely that this type of suspense provokes sick anxiety in me, rather than anticipation I hope whomever I pass it along to gets out of it But at least I was able to provide a cover image for this edition

  9. says:

    Well, that was certainly a different type of thriller for me They never caught her, the body of a child was never found, the abducted child s mother gets killed, the abductee s ex lover gets killed And nothing is tidied up nicely like a package with a bow A very quick read that was nothing like I would have expected it to be.

  10. says:

    Excellent I will miss her story telling.

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The Tree of Hands download The Tree of Hands, read online The Tree of Hands, kindle ebook The Tree of Hands, The Tree of Hands 478864930e15 Mopsa, Driven By A Past Scarred By Madness And Violence Benet, Stricken By The Most Grievous Loss Any Woman Can Bear Carol, Trapped In A Life Of Crushing Drabness No Lover Can Change Three Mothers Joined By A Single Thread Of Terror, Whirled Into A Spiral Of Kidnapping, Murder, And A Final, Reckless Affirmation Of Love