An Eye for a Tooth and a Limb for an Eye is the latest crime novel by Eleanor Berry.
It is a taut psychological thriller that explores what happens when someone, apparently a perfectly ordinary, normal someone, is suddenly pushed beyond their limits.
Rhoda Buckleshott is a bright and fashionable young English teacher at a private school based in London's West End.
The unloveable and vile headmistress, Mrs Beddington, has, for reasons of reverse snobbery and innate nastiness, has decided to sack Rhoda without any warning.
Rhoda decides that she will have her revenge on Miss Beddington and so she launches a campaign of revenge on Mrs Beddington, swearing to destroy her.
It begins in a fairly minor way, but it progresses and the acts of revenge against Mrs Beddington become harsher, more cruel and more outrageously outlandish with every step.
Rhoda's need for revenge against Mrs Beddington becomes an all consuming mania. Things begin to spiral out of control, and as a result of the impact of her growing reign of terror, fault lines begin to develop in the psyche of Rhoda.
Is she going mad?
When will the revenge cease? Or will it?
This book is a godsends for those who enjoy books that are seriously written, yet with the black humour of the author shining through on just about every page.
An entertaining book by a well-established author it costs £9.99 and is available from www.bookguild.co.uk.
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