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Beast in View by Margaret Millar
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Beast in View (1955)

by Margaret Millar

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There is so much ugliness and pain in Beast in View, which, granted, is essential to the book's plot, but still is so disturbing. Even understanding this and knowing that it was written during a different time than ours, I still have trouble with the novel's archaic attitudes about certain things. The writing is superb and I have a feeling the reader is not supposed to feel comfortable in any way at all, but, still, this is so unsettling I had to watch several episodes of Golden Girls afterwards. ( )
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
This thriller/mystery isn't of the style I generally prefer (too dark & creepy) but it is extremely well written and the ending came as a complete surprise to me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 19, 2018 |
This book blew me away! I never expected a 1955 book to be such a good psychological thriller. I was as confounded as the main character until the end when the carpet was pulled out from under us. Also, I can't remember ever reading a mainstream book from this era with a gay character either. Very well written and extremely fun thriller. A short book so a quick read and I've found a new-to-me author that I must read more books by. ( )
  ElizaJane | Feb 28, 2018 |
Maybe if Margaret had used a pseudonym like her famous husband, she’s be remembered and read today. But since she was a woman, she’s forgotten. And there’s no reason she should be. This was a tight narrative full of intrigue and a terrific twist that some saw coming, but I didn’t and literally had to go back and re-read the reveal to make sure I got it. It’s sudden, but brilliant. ( )
  Bookmarque | Nov 22, 2016 |
Reclusive rich spinster Helen Clarvoe receives a telephone call from a woman who threatens her. After quizzing the staff of the hotel where she lives and finding out nothing, Clarvoe contacts her investment manager, Paul Blackshear, and ask for his help. Since he has just retired, and he finds himself liking Clarvoe, he decides to investigate… which puts him on the trail of Evelyn Merrick, an old school friend of Clarvoe and the estranged ex-wife of Clarvoe’s brother – who is gay, but married Merrick in order to appear “normal” but it all went horribly wrong on the honeymoon. While Blackshear runs around Los Angeles trying to track down Merrick before she makes good on her threat – and stumbling across a few of the Clarvoe family secrets, a murder, and increasing evidence that Merrick is completely deranged… But there’s a clever twist in the tail. I pretty much read this in a single sitting one Sunday afternoon. Worth a go. ( )
  iansales | Jun 12, 2016 |
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At thirty, Helen Clarvoe is only: her only visitors are the staff at the hotel where she lives, and her only phone calls come from a stranger. A stranger whose quiet, compelling voice lures the aloof and financially secure Miss Clarvoe into a world of extortion, pornography, vengeance, madness and murder...

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At thirty, Helen Clarvoe is alone. Her only visitors are the staff at the hotel where she lives, and her only phone calls come from a stranger. A stranger whose quiet, compelling voice lures the aloof and financially secure Miss Clarvoe into a world of extortion, pornography, vengeance, madness and murder.… (more)

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