The Crocodile Bird

The Crocodile Bird

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In The Crocodile Bird, Ruth Rendell weaves a mesmerizing story of the obsessive love between a mother and a daughter and its connection to a series of deaths near a remote English manor, magnificent in its hilltop isolation. Liza lived in the gatekeeper's cottage at Shrove House until the day the police took her mother away forever. Liza, who has grown up completely sheltered from the outside world, finds refuge with a young drifter. Each night she tells him a little more about her life: her mother's obsession with Shrove House and her mysterious claim to it, her mother's aversion to the modern world and her fierce desire to shelter Liza from its depredations. And, finally, Liza tells him of the men who came to Shrove House and never left alive.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2010, c1993
ISBN: 9781453211038
1453211039
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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KatherineHere
Dec 02, 2017

When you Google Ruth Rendell, the photo of her depicts a perfectly normal-looking lady, whom you would never suspect could dream up so many twisted, diabolical characters in her amazingly long and successful writing career.

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readerpat
May 29, 2015

An interesting read about a woman who brings up her daughter way out in the country where she sees hardly any other people except the old gardener, the milkman and the man who delivers oil for the big house ( they live in the gatehouse ) and has no contact with the outside world. She teaches the girl all her lessons and she never goes to school or meets any other kids. They have no phone or TV or newspapers. Her mother wants her to grow up pure and unsoiled by the outside world. There are three murders on the estate and unrequited love between the mother and the owner of the estate. Good ending.

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mudflapflossy
May 16, 2012

A fascinating taunt tale about a girl who lives as a recluse with her mother. She struggles to come to terms with the horrifying probability that she’s inherited her mother’s murderous instincts.

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