The Crocodile Bird

The Crocodile Bird

Book - 1993
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A mother and a daughter live quietly in the rustic gatehouse of Shrove House, an isolated British estate. Their life seems perfectly ordinary except that daughter Liza has been kept isolated from the outside world for all of her sixteen years. And that he has seen her beautiful mother commit murder... more than once. Now, as the police come searching for a missing man, Liza's sheltered, strange world begins to fall apart. Piece by piece she will reveal her mother's tale of betrayal, desire, and obsession. Step-by-step we discover how much like mother, like daughter she is. From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers : Random House, Inc., c1993.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780517595763
Branch Call Number: REND
Characteristics: 361 p. ; 24 cm.


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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.

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.

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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