The Judgement of Strangers (Roth Trilogy #2)

The Judgement of Strangers (Roth Trilogy #2)

by Andrew Taylor

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The Judgement of Strangers: Roth Trilogy, Book 2 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once I started listening to this, from somewhere the vague knowledge surfaced that it was part of Taylor's Roth trilogy. In fact, I know I had intended to read the trilogy once and here I was listening to #2 in the series.It is ten years since his first wife died and David Byfield has been celibate all that time, focussing his attention on bringing up his daughter Rosemary, who is now getting ready for her university entrance exams. Rosemary is resentful of her new step-mother Vanessa, and Vanessa has no intention of being simply a vicar's wife. She has a successful career in publishing and has no intention of abandoning it.Roth Park, the manor house near the vicarage, has recently been bought by Toby Clifford and his sister Joanna. They have hopes of turning it into a classy hotel.The village of Roth, on the outskirts of London, and being brought closer to the city by a motorway, is about to have the church fete and on night of the fete everything comes to a climax.THE JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS is a deceptive mixture of saga, village cozy, romance, and crime novel with a slight touch of the paranormal.Sometimes you feel sorry for David Byfield, at other times you feel like shaking him.My rating: 4.4I remember hearing Andrew Taylor talking at a Writers Festival (perhaps Adelaide some years back) talking about the Roth trilogy.There are 3 books in the trilogy:1. The Four Last Things (1997)2. The Judgement of Strangers (1998)3. The Office of the Dead (2000)and then they were published as Requiem for an Angel (omnibus) (2002) aka Fallen AngelThe blurb for the latter gives a clue about the structure of the trilogy:Beginning, in "The Four Last Things", with the abduction of little Lucy Appleyard and a grisly discovery in a London graveyard, the layers of the past are gradually peeled away through "The Judgement of Strangers" and "The Office of the Dead" to unearth the roots of a very immediate horror.Well, it has me hooked. I'm going to listen to THE FOUR LAST THINGS next.