The Crocodile Bird

The Crocodile Bird

Book - 1993
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Liza is not your average teenager. Sixteen years old, she lives with her mother, Eve, in a secluded gatehouse, which she has never been allowed to leave. There was only enough room for two in their cocoon; intruders entered at their peril, only to mysteriously disappear...

Liza is not the only one to discover the truth behind her mother's pathological violence, or the dead bodies. When the police arrive on their doorstep, Eve throws her daughter into the real world, to protect her from the consequences of her own chilling crimes.

As Liza runs into the arms of her secret lover, she begins to see the logic behind her mother's gruesomes crimes, and must accept the possibility that she has inherited Eve's lust for murder...

Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1993
ISBN: 9780099303787
9780770425982
0770425984
9780385254298
0385254296
Characteristics: 361 p. ; 24 cm

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KatherineHere
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.

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readerpat
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.

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mudflapflossy
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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