Grasshopper

by Barbara Vine

Penguin Canada | May 29, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

Grasshopper is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
Clodagh was nineteen when her parents packed her off to college and a relative''s house in north London. Two years earlier, a tragic death on a hydro tower had marked her life. She was blamed for it and that was why her family was sending her away.

Her new home, Maida Vale, was not what she imagined. There were mansions like Italian palaces and the towers of a Victorian metropolis. And her relatives were not suited to looking after a wayward and lonely niece.

Clodagh''s lonely existence in Maida Vale is broken by a chance encounter with Michael Silverman, or Silver, as everyone called him. Generous, kind, and thoughtful, he played host to a strange crew of drop-outs in his apartment at the top of his parents'' house. Their pleasure was to roam the rooftops. It was a happy, heady time until the moment when, on a trek fifty feet above the street, they looked into a window and saw a scene that would lead to another great tragedy in Clodagh''s life.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 7.15 × 4.4 × 1.37 in

Published: May 29, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140293027

ISBN - 13: 9780140293029

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected In my own opinion, the story is not plausible. It also becomes quite repetitive, at times. I did not feel any real suspense. It is well written, but it lacks authenticity and grip.
Date published: 2005-09-05

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Grasshopper

by Barbara Vine

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 7.15 × 4.4 × 1.37 in

Published: May 29, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140293027

ISBN - 13: 9780140293029

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They have sent me here because of what happened on the pylon. Or perhaps so that I don''t have to see the pylon every time I go out or even look out of a window. "We''ve thought of selling this house and moving," my father said. "Don''t think it hasn''t been in our minds. Still you won''t . . ." He left the sentence unfinished, but I knew how he would have ended it. You won''t always be here, he''d meant to say. A girl of your age, you won''t live at home much longer, you''ll be off to college or a job, a home of your own. And out of sight, out of mind, he meant too. Gradually people will stop thinking of us as the parents of that girl, they''ll stop asking what kind of parents we were to bring up a girl who would do that, and they''ll stop staring and pointing us out. Especially if you don''t come home very often. Maybe they''ll think you''re dead. Maybe we''ll tell them you are. That last bit was in my imagination. I''m not saying they wish me dead. They have my welfare at heart, as my mother puts it. Which must be why they were so happy--happier than I''ve seen them since before the pylon day--when Max made his offer. The best they''d hoped for was a room in whatever accommodation the college had available or for me to be the fourth girl in a shared flat somewhere. "A whole flat to yourself," my mother said, "and in a lovely part of town." I had a picture in my mind then of rows and rows of mock-Tudor houses, striped black and white
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From the Publisher

Clodagh was nineteen when her parents packed her off to college and a relative''s house in north London. Two years earlier, a tragic death on a hydro tower had marked her life. She was blamed for it and that was why her family was sending her away.

Her new home, Maida Vale, was not what she imagined. There were mansions like Italian palaces and the towers of a Victorian metropolis. And her relatives were not suited to looking after a wayward and lonely niece.

Clodagh''s lonely existence in Maida Vale is broken by a chance encounter with Michael Silverman, or Silver, as everyone called him. Generous, kind, and thoughtful, he played host to a strange crew of drop-outs in his apartment at the top of his parents'' house. Their pleasure was to roam the rooftops. It was a happy, heady time until the moment when, on a trek fifty feet above the street, they looked into a window and saw a scene that would lead to another great tragedy in Clodagh''s life.

About the Author

The new Barbara Vine novel, The Blood Doctor (1-4000-4504-5), will be published by Harmony Books in July 2002. She lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

“Mesmerizing. . . . A teasing narrative of fatal obsession.”--Orlando Sentinel

“The Vine novels are sublime works of psychological suspense…Grasshopper is as skillful as anything this wonderful writer has done."--The Seattle Times

"A typically elegant, and typically elegiac, turn from the woman with two award-winning names. And one superlative voice."--Fort Worth Star Telegram