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Title : The Fiend
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ISBN : 9780930330101
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 244 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Fiend Reviews

  • Ebirdy
    2018-11-05 09:31

    This was a great "character" or "psychological" novel, which I really enjoyed. I'd never heard of Margaret Millar before - to be honest I'm not even sure how I got this book. I think I received it in the book swap from my book group, but I'm not sure. I would like to read some of her others books (The BeastDon't be put off by the subject matter of child molestation. It's the background of one of the characters, but it's not exactly the subject of the book. Millar does an terrific job of drawing her characters but still leaves some mystery to the story, so it's actually quite suspenseful. Nothing in the book is exactly as it appears! And her dialogue is quite funny at times. I'm really glad I read this story and I hope her other works are just as good.

  • Shane Plassenthal
    2018-10-30 08:28

    One of the best novels I've read in a long time. It's now a personal favorite. A dark and well written tale brimming with wit and wisdom about the dynamic of the suburban American family and the way conventional society views sex offenders, children and marriage. Also, delightfully twisted and suspenseful with an ending you won't see coming. Reminds me of how Ruth Rendell's psychological novels are. Highly recommended.

  • PF Freire
    2018-11-10 05:24

    Of mice and men: Suburbia Edition!I have the audible version.Charlie had a bad rap and he was slow, something bad he did, would it haunt and his brother forever?Plus: 3 families involved in a web of lost expectations and jealousy.How sometimes suburban life is heavier than wars.How a series of misunderstandings could ruin everyone's lives.I loved how the author managed to think like the young girls think, mixing up half truthes that parents tell them.I recommend

  • Emily
    2018-10-23 07:33

    I have long been a fan of Ross Macdonald's. If this book is any indication, I am definitely becoming a fan of his wife's. Obviously, dysfunctional families and crime were the two's specialties, but Millar seems to take the reader more inside the heads of her characters than Macdonald did. In this book, she still left plenty up to the imagination, a trait I like, by mentioning, sort of in passing without delving much into them, key points that might have affected the characters. Some authors do that in a frustrating way, leaving out too much, but she really knew what she was doing. This was a real page-turner, while being very well-written, and was I ever surprised by the ending!

  • Sean Brennan
    2018-11-05 05:48

    The very title of the book is a GREAT red herring, but I won't dwell on the reasons for this statement to enjoys people's pleasure at some future date. This is a crafted psychological thriller dealing with the devastation that Divorce plays on all parties especially the children. It is my opinion that the majority of the supposedly 'adult' characters in the book needed intensive psychiatric care both before, during and after the events contained in this compelling thriller.

  • Karschtl
    2018-10-27 06:30

    Erinnert wirklich ein wenig an Highsmith, nur dass sich Millar wohl oft Kinder als Protagonisten hernimmt. Das Buch lässt sich sehr schnell und flüssig zu lesen. Man merkt zwar, dass das Buch schon vor einigen Jahrzehnten geschrieben wurde, aber das muss nicht unbedingt ein Nachteil sein. Es kommt zwar nicht wirklich ein richtiges Spannungsgefühl auf wie in heutigen Thrillern, sondern eher eine Neugier was in der Vergangenheit passiert ist und was noch passieren wird. Die Wendungen am Schluß waren überraschend, und hinterließen einen guten Gesamteindruck.

  • Ed
    2018-11-04 07:24

    First published in 1964, the mannerisms and attitudes seem more akin the the late 1950s. I liked reading the book, however. Ms. Millar writes in an appealing yet accessible literary way, and she explores the inner secrets (some dark and unsavory, yes) in the families well. None of the sexual or violent content rises above a PG-13 rating. Her metaphors are often so dead-on and aptly used.

  • Pamela
    2018-11-08 06:37

    And Millar strikes again! Seriously, you cannot get better for psychological suspense than Millar. OK. I'm going to just come out and say it: I have come to prefer Millar to Highsmith or Thompson. Yes! She is THAT good!

  • Tom
    2018-10-25 05:24

    As much as I love the works of Margaret Millar, the subject material gave me pause, but the wait was worth it. Because it's primarily a book about a sex offender written from the 1960's, it is at once creepy and "tasteful". There is enough nuance in the storytelling that it takes a while to definitively prove whether the one character actually is a child molester, which gives enough room for Millar to tell a captivating story before the reader has to ask themselves how they feel about the end results.

  • Viktor
    2018-10-21 10:28

    Well worth your time. As much as I hate the "child in danger" trope, this is done well.Kindle Edition as of 5/17 has LOTS of formatting errors to the point of distraction. Loses a * due to that very reason. I too often spent time shifting gears between narratives.

  • Bibliophile
    2018-10-26 06:33

    Convicted sex offender becomes obsessed with little girl, causing secrets and neuroses to surface in 60's suburbia. The lack of violence in this novel does nothing to diminish its creepiness. As is her style, Millar keeps things vague. We don't know the exact nature of the crime the childlike Charlie committed in the past, but it was bad enough to put him away. His legal guardian and brother resents having to watch him and is eager to marry him off to the town librarian, although he does seem to genuinely care about Charlie (as does the librarian, though for murkier reasons). The adults in the little girl's vicinity do little to protect her from their own dysfunction, let alone from creeps in the streets. Dark and suspenseful, with that sixties sensibility of WTF.

  • Rae
    2018-11-06 08:51

    Margaret Millar is known for her psychological development of characters as well as her talent for creating uneasiness in her suspenseful stories. This particular novel addresses the issue of mental illness.

  • Tracy Snyder
    2018-11-14 08:49

    loved the book would recommend it. I had to keep stopping because of reality issues setting in but continued to go back to it. Hypnotizing!!!!!

  • Tlingit
    2018-10-21 10:33

    Not a bad read for a 60's book. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be and I won't spoil it for anyone but for such a short book I liked the character development.

  • Alex
    2018-11-11 04:36

    A creepy little book. Great read.

  • Margaret
    2018-11-14 08:45

    The /alt tag by the fifth star reads, "It was amazing."Well, it was. I made my skin crawl, my heart bleed and my head spin.Margaret Millar is a genius story-teller and this is the proof.

  • Greg
    2018-10-21 08:47

    Best Millar I've read so far.

  • Jamie
    2018-11-06 09:44

    Wow what a great read! Reminded me of Isabelle Holland at her best. I've already aquired another or her works and hope to enjoy it as much as I did this one.

  • Carla
    2018-10-30 10:42

    Another page-turner frim this great mystery writer. Finely-tuned social satire, with extraordinarily vivid characters, and another plot that takes you to the last sentence.