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At Death's Door (1988)

by Robert Barnard

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Interesting story with some quite likable characters along with some monsters. I guessed whodunit rather quickly, but never why. And there could have been an equally valid different solution, but that would have meant that one of the quite likable characters had done it for noble, albeit misguided, reasons. This way all the good guys get to live happily ever after. Child abuse---verbal, physical, and sexual---is part of the background of one of the main characters, who manages to move past all this during the story. A couple care for both a mentally handicapped adult daughter and their senile father.

I remember a woman in an Agatha Christie novel who had such rotten luck with her previous marriages that we, the readers, really wanted her current marriage to work out well. Alas, it fit the pattern of her other relationships and her husband was the murderer. ( )
  raizel | Nov 12, 2014 |
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Upstairs in the large front bedroom that looked out to the sea the old man's voice droned feebly on, coming and going like waves against the shore.
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Benedict Cotteral, an elderly writer living out his last days at his son's home, receives a visit from his long-forgotten illegitimate daughter and becomes a suspect in her murder.

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