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The Girl Next Door - A Novel

Ruth Rendell

In this psychologically explosive story from "one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation" (People), the discovery of bones in a tin box sends shockwaves across a group of long-time friends. In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944-until one father forbids it-the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and their memories? This impromptu reunion causes long-simmering feelings to bubble to the surface. Alan, stuck in a passionless marriage, begins flirting with Daphne, a glamorous widow. Michael considers contacting his estranged father, who sent Michael to live with an aunt after his mother vanished in 1944. Lewis begins remembering details about his Uncle James, an army private who once accompanied the children into the tunnels, and who later disappeared. In The Girl Next Door Rendell brilliantly shatters the assumptions about age, showing that the choices people make-and the emotions behind them-remain as potent in late life as they were in youth.

In this psychologically explosive story from "one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation" (People), the discovery of bones in a tin box sends shockwaves across a group of long-time friends. In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944-until one father forbids it-the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and their memories? This impromptu reunion causes long-simmering feelings to bubble to the surface. Alan, stuck in a passionless marriage, begins flirting with Daphne, a glamorous widow. Michael considers contacting his estranged father, who sent Michael to live with an aunt after his mother vanished in 1944. Lewis begins remembering details about his Uncle James, an army private who once accompanied the children into the tunnels, and who later disappeared. In The Girl Next Door Rendell brilliantly shatters the assumptions about age, showing that the choices people make-and the emotions behind them-remain as potent in late life as they were in youth.
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In this psychologically explosive story from "one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation" (People), the discovery of bones in a tin box sends shockwaves across a group of long-time friends. In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944-until one father forbids it-the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and their memories? This impromptu reunion causes long-simmering feelings to bubble to the surface. Alan, stuck in a passionless marriage, begins flirting with Daphne, a glamorous widow. Michael considers contacting his estranged father, who sent Michael to live with an aunt after his mother vanished in 1944. Lewis begins remembering details about his Uncle James, an army private who once accompanied the children into the tunnels, and who later disappeared. In The Girl Next Door Rendell brilliantly shatters the assumptions about age, showing that the choices people make-and the emotions behind them-remain as potent in late life as they were in youth.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ric Jerrom

Length:

9h 58m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

32:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

21:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

39:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

36:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:47