The Scent of Fear

The Scent of Fear

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 162.1 x 240.8 x 23.4mm | 467.21g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753161591
  • 9780753161593

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Aged Mrs. Anderson, frail but ruggedly independent, lives alone in a few rooms of The Gables, a huge Victorian pile isolated from the nearest village. Kevin Timms, a young psychopath who's been thrown out by his newly married aunt, has found a secret second home in one of The Gables' unused rooms. So, when, in a fit of rage and frustration, he kills a village girl (who resists his untender advances), The Gables becomes his refuge and Mrs. Anderson his prisoner. And interlaced with their lives is that of Muriel Dean, a warmhearted do-gooder whose placid marriage is due for a shock and who becomes Mrs. A.'s deliverance. Much here works in the powerful Night Must Fall tradition: the rising terror in the midst of the mundane; vivid characters. But the contest of wills and wits between Mrs. A. and Timms, with undercurrents of pity (hers) and dependence (his), is never fully developed and ends inconclusively - as tension ebbs away to an anticlimactic finish. Flawed, then, but worth a try for the psychological-suspense audience. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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