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Twists in the Tale
With the exception of the romance " A Face in a Corridor," which is a small novel or novella at the end of the collected stories, each is like a portrait so you might forget a detail of location or story but you can't quite forget the main characters.
This was true whether the character was the deluded and pitiable schizophrenic Sam Baldock, who believed he heard the voice of Beethoven and had to be escorted, for his own sanity, to the 'Beethoven Wohnung, Museen de Stadt Wien' (Beethoven museum in Vienna), or whether the character is the more stable nurse Miranda, in the story Voices of a Hypnotist. Miranda was I thought difficult to forget for her pleasant naivety and vulnerability in the hands of the less than professional hypnotist in London's elite Harley Street.
The style is very visual. In "The Parchment Recipes" and "Father's Helping Hand" you're crept out by some eerie and fully fleshed-out characters who. It's a bit like the numb feeling you can have after coming out of a film like Schindler's List - except that Twists in the Tale stories are, generally, much sunnier and, in one sense, perhaps more uplifting than SL.
Liz W - Bristol, England