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The Widowearolsn Slaughter (\Villiam lleinemanntl1.95) ('leverls eral'ted arid struetured. Slaugltter's ninth nox‘el minutel} es‘plores the layers ot one woman's pet'sottalit_\. liella. widow ot' the title. graduall_\ lteeomes itt\'ol\ ed w ith ultietuitous hero .loseph l'itting hint itt around lour ghastl_\ ehildren attd an tnplausihle eareer as a lteart surgeon. Slte is a manipulatix e. \‘ital eharaeter who. despite two m_\steriottsl_\ dead ltusltands. eonttnands some s_\ inpaths; .loseph. eoineidentallt a ps_\'eliiatrist to the eritninall_\ insane. realises by page 94 that Bella pl;t_\'s host to a seeond persona. linter Relteeea. earth ntotlter aitd rustie heautt to liellas workaltolie man-eater. ()ur hero. as heroes are wont to do. unras'els then talls in line w itlt liotlt wonten and her kids. and thus preeipitates disaster. Slaughter makes points aliout the dualistie nature ol a woman‘s sell-pereeption. witltout going a s;itisl;tetot‘_\' answer to the prolilent ol tltllt \‘ersus sell. l)tl lltll expeet expansion ol tttittd or tltetttes. 'l‘he ending. predietaltle arid disappointing il elintaetie. seems delilteratel_\ non—lentinist iit tntplieation: dead hushands are soon lotgotten. tltattk ( iod. t.-\nna l5engel


Time and Time Again BM. (tilt

( l lodder a Stoughtott L'llJUS) l’atrieia l ligltsntitlt attd Ruth Rendell ltaVe stteeesslttlly t‘emoVetl most ol the ltland lurnishings assoeiated with arntehairthrillers. esei trting the genre into murkier. less orderly terrains. or else eiting art instanee ol ex'ers'day lite onl_\ to implant Verysinistereonnotations. li..‘\l. (itll writes iii the wake ol this spies erime retorntation. lime aitd lime Again. her seventh intrigue. seleets a semi-stir era/.y young (NI)

supporter. Maeve liarelay. emerging t

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'l'he eentral image is prmided hy the traumatised 4 _\'ear old sort ot liarelay’s ex-eelltnate. whose hysterieal phohta l'or huttertlies is stressed on the iaeket where the left w tng ot one speeimen has heen torn tront the ltod} . leasing a nast erimson smear. llte queasy promise

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reieetedartist. attd ltispe~st»e‘ortti‘ol triend(ienezallstartingwitha tailed suieide. Dreamingol l)ead l’eople Rosalind liellten ( Serpents lail. Ut.‘l5)()uietl_\ told and pow erlul aeeount lw a reluetant spinstet'. detailingherlmelessltle. I The Goose Girl of Eriska .-\nna titan t Rieltard l)rew . till") Sltort. e\'oe;ttt\estorieslrontall .tirtsol Seotland‘. lrottt tlte lone|_\ gttitse—lelttlei‘et'\\ltittt\etlteittsIlte little l’eoples songs to tlte ltist e\ er eaddie. lottnd on liruntstieldl inks. IVariationsintheNighttmtti listtield t liantant. LEW”) .\d|eeti\al tto\el ol a predietaltle relationship wltete some eoittntitntent lteeontes

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Kle( Itt‘tlt} era. the last. intensl_\inartated stort ol l'.tttll\ and Stephen. soeialists~;tt~lte.ttt who lt\e li\ es ol 'nttsgutded idealism attd wasted talent‘. Not to mention

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