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The minotaur : a novel
Barbara Vine
Adult Fiction VINE

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British master Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) explores life among the Cosways, a country gentry clan that makes the Wuthering Heights crowd look wholesome. Kerstin Kvist, a young Swedish nurse, takes a job at Lydstep Old Hall caring for John Cosway, a mathematical prodigy now labeled by his family as schizophrenic. In addition to John, there are four obsessive sisters ruled by their scarecrow-like matriarch. Gradually, Kerstin suspects that John is being drugged so that his mother and sisters can remain in their estate under the terms of a disputed trust. Vine creates a family and village, Windrose, so vivid you're tempted to book a B and B and investigate things yourself. Some scenes involving John's behavior-his fits and his family's reactions-seem abrupt to the point of being bizarre, but Vine is describing a man hijacked from rationality, through a narrator whose first language isn't English. When murder finally happens, it's simultaneously shocking yet inevitable. Though less elegantly written than 2002's The Blood Doctor, this delivers a more palpable, and thus satisfying, crime. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Nurse Kirstin Kvist suspects that her new patient is not the schizophrenic his shady family claims him to be. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Kerstin Kvist
Female
Swedish
Takes care of John; suspects John's family is drugging him.

John Cosway
Male
Mathematical prodigy; labeled by his family as schizophrenic; lives at a mental institute.



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