A Fatal Inversion

Vine, Barbara


In the long hot summer of 1976 a group of young people are camping in Wyvis Hall. They hardly ask why they are there or how they are to live. Ten years later the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall’s animal cemetery.

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Publish Date: 07/05/2009


A classic of the crime genre, A Fatal Inversion plunges you into the darker side of humanity with a plot that will keep you guessing throughout!

‘An absolute winner . . . a gripping read from start to end’ Daily Mail

‘Brilliant. Vine has the kind of near-Victorian narrative drive’ Sunday Times

‘I defy anyone to guess the conclusion’ Daily Telegraph

In the long hot summer of 1976, a group of young adults camp in Wyvis Hall, a beautiful Suffolk country house, after one of them unexpectedly inherits it. Revelling in their self-indulgent, irresponsible paradise, they scavenge, steal and sell heirlooms – to entertain and simply exist.

Ten years later, when the current owner buries their beloved dog in the Hall’s animal cemetery, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered. But which woman? And whose child? As the facts slowly emerge, their past begins to catch up with them . . .

Written under Ruth Rendell’s pen name, Barbara Vine, if you enjoy the novels of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Ann Cleeves, you will love this book.


One of the best Barbara Vine novels’ Goodreads Review

‘Not an ordinary mystery . . . it is compelling and certainly thought-provoking’ Goodreads Review

‘Vine is expert at the slow disclosure of facts and feelings’ Goodreads Review

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Weight 223 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 19 mm












823.914 (edition:22)


General – Trade / Code: K