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A Dark-Adapted Eye

A Dark-Adapted Eye

The first Barbara Vine novel published by Viking in

This is a rich, complex novel with an ingenuity in construction worthy of Wilkie Collins. Full of shifts and surprises. A modern novel with the Victorian virtues of a carefully devised plot unfolded for the reader with the most cunning art.

Julian Symons 1

Like most families, they had their secrets. And they hid them under a genteelly, respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets.

England in the fifties was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors, even murder.


Contemporary Reads 3


  1. Sunday Times, 1986. ↩︎

  2. A Dictionary of Psychology, Oxford University Press 2001 ↩︎

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