I did not know that Barbara Vine was also Ruth Rendell whom I have read though this was a first from the Barbara Vine reads.
From the very onset you know that a murder has been committed, we also know the murderer. What we do not know who was murdered and in what circumstances. It is very slowly unravelled. You know that all the other characters in the book, page by page, know about the murder, and all the details everyone knows except you the reader.
I began to build up the circumstances under which the murder took place but I could'nt figure out the
who till very very late in the story and this was the interesting bit. The story was descriptive - of places, people and surroundings so that you felt very much as if you were part of the scene throughout. The book has been described as a psychological thriller. I would add suspense as well. You almost never know what is going to happen till the end.