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  1. says:

    4255 Some good old murderous fun This is about a thriller writer who starts to slowly unravel and lose his grip on reality when his wife goes missing and others start to wonder if he had anything to do with her disappearance If you like classic suspense novels and books that make you continuously uestion what's real and what's imagined not in a confusing but in a fun I have no idea where this is going kind of way then this is for you I had a great time listening to this on audiobook and I generally enjoy Highsmith's stories I just always wish she'd take time to focus on the female characters in her books

  2. says:

    BOOK 92 Mid 20th Century North American Crime Readathon Round 3Does a second reading prove this is a 4 star novel? I had to find outHOOK4 stars The land around Sydney and Alicia Bartleby's 2 story cottage was flat opens the book Is Highsmith talking about a reflection of their marriage? A soul bleaching flat land of ugliness? Then from page one The Bartleby's took better care of the ground behind the housethe front lawn was as untended as the hedge This couple is obsessed with their personal endeavors she is a painterartist he is an author but not the external Since I've read this novel already this opening is a psychological punch to the gut and a five star opener but if one hasn't already read this one it's still a beauty on any level so I'll give it 4 stars as the really good stuff doesn't kick in for a chapter or soPACE4 A few page in and it's obvious this is a marriage in trouble And then a chapter or so in the crime kicks in This isn't a literary lightning bolt but it's closePLOT5 Brilliant Sydney the author suffers from writer's block his muse is dead he decides Alicia's art suffers also as both uestion their marriage Alicia decides perhaps to go on a vacation and Sydney decides perhaps to bury his mystical muse in a rolled up moth eaten carpet Do we have 2 unreliable narrators? Or just one? Or neither and are both telling us the truth? MesmerizingCHARACTERS3 It's interesting that this marriage is on the rocks but I'd like to have had about how they met why they married Mrs Lillybanks is a new neighbor a widow spending much time with a pair of binoculars birdwatchingbut has she seen too much? Mrs Lillybanks deserves her very own novelATMOSPHEREPLACE5 He Sydney got out the pitchfork and walked perhaps 50 yards in the woods before he found an area of 15 suare feet without trees on it where only grass and bare moist earth showed He began to digit was slow hard workWhen the grave was nearly deep enough he went back to the car Then Alicia was obsessed with the color blue now and she had bought sheets of heavy blue paper which she cut into 6 by 8 inch rectanglesshe sat for hours on the beach and promenade benches making abstract drawings but no matter how definitive those suares are cut she can't find her way she is lost If that is she isn't already buried Spectacular meeting of atmosphere and plotSUMMARY My rating is 42 for this second read Yes my first rating of 4 stars had been on target It's sad to think that Hitchcock COULD have made a number of brilliant films from Highsmith's novels but she is only now getting the credit she so much deserved This is a very very good novelThe Blunderer 1954 42Those Who Walk Away 44A Suspension of Mercy 42Patricia Highsmith average rating 426ORIGINAL REVIEWDoes this sound familiar?1 Wife goes missing2 Dysfunctional young married couple3 Husband suspected of her murder4 Wife has rich parents husband might get a lot of money upon wife's death5 Husband has friendconfidante and both are in the same business6 There is a diary which may or may not have a true account of situation7 Friendneighbor of wife suspicious of husband8 Media freak show9 Wife winds up living not too far away with another man10 Book a page turner even though some plot points seem very odd probably becauseboth the husband and wife have mental problems And the end is sort of ambiguousIf you have enjoyed this story recently you're going to enjoy it again You might even think Highsmith does it better as I do

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    I hadn’t read Patricia Highsmith for years but when she was added to the Virago list I realised that there was to her backlist than I had realised and that it really was time I did a little readingThis book was the one that caught my eye in the library catalogue – I liked the cover and I liked the title – and now that I’ve read it I have to say that it isn’t her best work but it was a lovely reminder of how good how dark and how intriguing she can beSidney Smith Bartleby is an American writer who has been blessed – or maybe cursed – with an exceptionally active imagination and yet he has found little successHe married an English girl after a very short acuaintance because he didn’t want her to go home without him and so he went home with her They settled in a remote cottage in Suffolk with the idea in mind that the uiet countryside would be the perfect place for them to develop their artistic talents and their respective careersNeither the marriage nor the new home could be considered a successAlicia spends her time painting without any concern about where money is going to come from or any need to think about selling her work She is the much loved only child of wealthy parents they made a substantial contribution towards the purchase of the cottage and she has a small private income at her disposalShe was unimpressed by Sydney’s failure to find a publisher for his new novel and she didn’t believe that the screenplays he wrote with a collaborator Alex who had a steady income from a London publishing job would be any successfulThe whole situation was unhappy Her waspishness and his uneven temper isolation broken only when friends from London visited a lack of anything much to do at other times had left their marriage close to breaking pointSydney and Alicia were both rather pleased when Mrs Lilybanks an elderly widow with a heart condition moved into the only nearby house that had stood empty for uite some time The new neighbours got on very well but it wasn’t long before Mrs Lilybanks realised that the Bartlebys weren’t at all happy with each otherAlicia coped by taking short holidays without her husband and it wasn’t long until the day came when she didn’t come backSydney wasn’t too worried because it gave him time to work on his novel and he was working on ideas for a new televison crime drama that both he and Alex thought was a sure fire successHis ideas for new episodes of his crime series began to get mixed up with his fantasies of killing his wife and the line between fact and fiction began to blur ‘Sometimes he plotted the murders the robbery the blackmail of people he and Alicia knew though the people themselves knew nothing about it Alex had died five times at least in Sydney’s imagination Alicia twenty times She had died in a burning car in a wrecked car in the woods throttled by person or persons unknown died falling down the stairs at home drowned in her bath died falling out the upstairs window while trying to rescue a bird in the eaves drain died from poisoning that would leave no trace But the best way for him was her dying by a blow in the house and he removed her somewhere in the car buried her somewhere then told everyone that she had gone away for a few days maybe to Brighton maybe to London’Sydney recorded some of his murderous ideas in his journal and he even bought a new rug so that he could use the old one to test his plan for secretly burying the bodyIt was unlucky that Mrs Lilybanks was looking out of her window on the evening that Sidney decided to put his theory to the testIt was understandable that when Sidney couldn’t say where his wife had gone and when she didn’t receive the letter that Alicia had promised she felt that something must be terribly wrong and she should raise the alarmIt was extremely unfortunate that her poor weak heart was put under so much strain Sidney didn’t notice because his crime series had been commissioned and he was completely caught up in scenarios that were becoming and elaborate and fantasticalThe set up of this story was so good The writing was clear and lucid the plot was cleverly constructed and I wasn’t uite sure what was real and what was fantasy or just where the story might be goingWhen Patricia Highsmith revealed a little of Alicia’s story the book lost something I wasn’t convinced that she would have acted as she did unless there was an awful lot of backstory that hadn’t been told; and I wasn’t convinced that faced with a murder charge Sydney would have acted as he did however caught up in his writing he wasThe interesting characters I had met began to seem like plot devicesThe different responses of Mrs Lilybanks and Alex rang true and so did the way that the net began to close around SidneyThe plot moved inexorably on I had to keep turning the pages until I reached a startling ending that made me think again about what had gone beforeThere was three uarters of a really good book here; not Patricia Highsmith at her best but than enough to remind we of how very good she can be and make me want to read of her work

  4. says:

    I was unable to muster the necessary suspension of disbelief for this to work I suppose Highsmith has something meta to say about the writer and the mind of the murderer but meh This is Ripley that missed

  5. says:

    Sydney Bartleby is an American living in Suffolk with his English wife Alicia; she lives uite comfortably on her inheritance while Syd is a struggling mystery writer hacking away at his great mystery novel while failing to sell crime show screenplays to television studios Their marriage on the rocks after one spat too many Alicia heads to London and leaves Syd alone for a few weeks—and both look forward to the uiet and solitude Syd's writing picks up and he makes sales but as the weeks pass and his wife fails to return suspicion begins to fall on Syd Why hasn’t she contacted anyone? Why hasn’t she collected her weekly inheritance of £50? And why did his neighbor Mrs Lilybanks see him walking around one night carrying a heavy carpet over his shoulder—who buries a carpet in the middle of the night? The Police change their investigation from a missing persons case to a murder; and to complicate things Sydney begins living out his own murder mystery plots play acting the game of murder under the watchful eye of the investigatorsWhile Highsmith does an excellent job building tension around this concept a murder without a corpse Syd's character I found a bit frustrating Highsmith has a reputation for trapping her characters in unavoidable circumstances usually through their own guilt and frantic attempts to escape But I felt Syd wasn't so much trapped as merely accepting the circumstances and refusing to challenge them whenever he learns something that would remove suspicion from himself he keeps it hidden continuing to play chicken with the investigators He knows he's innocent and doesn't worry at which point why should I? Yet Highsmith still crafts a tense foreboding atmosphere Not a 100% success for me though I will try again with another Highsmith and see if that one is a better fitFull review and other suspensemystery reviews found here

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    This is the 5th novel I've read by Highsmith I usually think of her as the 4th of the 4 mysterycrime fiction writers that I've read that i think are truly great The hierarchy having been generally Dashiell Hammett Raymond Chandler James Ellroy Patricia Highsmith Now having read this Highmsith's position in the hierarchy is less clearly in last place This was amazing All of the bks I've read by her so far have involved psychologically perceptive ensarings in subtly twisted minds All have been painful This one was probably the most subtle yet 2 fairly ordinary people a married couple have some minor uirks Their bad decisions follow one after the other in believable ways that're related to their uirks Things cd go one way or the other almost all the way to the end But the bad decisions eventually lead to a tragedy that's even tragic bc of its sheer stupid unnecessariness Highsmith is fantastic at sucking the reader into a world of little things that accumulate into big things Reading her bks is like watching a horror movie where a character is obviously about to do something stupidly fatal the viewer sits there thinking Don't do that you idiot The killer'll get you then But Highsmith's far subtle perceptive than any horror filmmaker whose work I've ever experienced She's so damned good that I'll probably read by her EVEN THOUGH THE STORIES ARE SO DEPRESSING

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    Have you ever thought of killing someone?A psychological manipulation A revenge taken too far A series of farces unintentionally bending the light of truth A bleak line between fact and fiction Sydney and Alicia Bartleby's marriage seemed normal on the outside and like any other couple they get into a uarrel every now and then That until the uarrels lasted longer they became freuent violent and animosity spread like wildfire across the household and further strengthened by frustration and regret over a disillusioned marriage and career But feelings of animosity can only go a long way so you have to do something imagine somethingperhaps to cope to satisfy one's self over having power over someone What happens when that power over someone transforms into a battle of manipulation?Highsmith's A Suspension of Mercy was one delightful and disturbing psychological thriller It tinkered and delved down the human psyche like a cat curious stealthy with intense eyes its claws appeared on the ready until it attacked with much gusto The characters' intentions and decisions were all plausible and frighteningly understandable No plot holes escaped Patricia Highsmith and everything fell perfectly into place that by the end you loved how you hated all the characters and how you rooted for no oneOverall A Suspension of Mercy lightly reminded me of Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place 1950 an extended version you may call it and it made a whole lot a very enjoyable if not disturbing read

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    A domestic suspense novel A writer developing a story idea carries out a fake burial of an imagined body wrapped in a rug No body only the rug is buried But when his wife actually disappears this suspicious action along with his journal of murder mystery ideas make the police suspect he murdered his wife What happened to her and will he find her before he's falsely arrested for murder?Fans of Gone Girl might like this book since the two books share a few plot points I thought the first half of the book moved a bit slow as the author established the couple's relationship After the halfway mark the pace does pick up and becomes interesting Not my favorite by this author but still worth a read

  9. says:

    Patricia Highsmith sure knows how to spin a tale This is one of her best stories Talented Ripley books are my favorites but this one is suspenseful and interesting I wasn't even close to knowing how it would end

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    Patricia Highsmith though perhaps known less amongst non reading circles than Agatha Christie is a 20th Century crime fiction writer of some standing She has numerous books to her name and is endorsed internationallyA Suspension of Mercy is Highsmith’s only novel to be set in England where the American lived for a time It is reminiscent of an earlier era having been published in the 1960s and markets perfectly as a “cosy crime” novelThe protagonist Sidney Bartleby is a writer of little success in spite of his overactive imagination When his marriage is on the rocks and his wife Alicia decides to spend some time away Sidney has difficulty convincing the police of his innocence in a crime that may or may not have been committed Soon his neighbour friends and family members doubt him When Alicia can’t be found everyone imagines murder especially when Sidney’s notebook is filled with what look like journal entries about the cause of death and he is seen in the dark of night with a heavy rolled up carpet But is he telling the truth when he says Alicia left him or did he kill her?I thorough enjoyed reading A Suspension of Mercy Whilst the synopsis on the back cover gave a little too much away about plot development I remained engaged in the story Where Highsmith succeeds so well is in her playing with the reader When we think we know what is happening she brings in a plot twist that could be real or could be part of the protagonist’s imaginings In this sense it is psychological in its presentation which seems uite uniue given the time of its publishing There are minor aspects that seemed less believable however these didn’t detract too much from what really workedPatricia Highsmith is a novelist I will certainly return to She writes clearly with a great story arc that leaves the reader guessing until the final chapters I would recommend A Suspension of Mercy to anyone keen on crime in an earlier time