Robert King: Sometimes we are slightly at the mercy of casting and the mercy of our own enjoyment of threads.
But what makes The Neighbor stand out is the exquisite way in which Gardner slowly spools out the threads of her plot.
Internet threads in the days since have reflected disappointment and disillusionment.
And of course this is a book with metaphors about threads and sutures.
The threads attached are short, the comments sarcastic, mostly wondering whether he actually died.
By means of the thumb-nail or flints, they split them into threads, which they use as woof.
They had not yet gathered into their hands the threads which had been broken years before.
This loosens a fine outer skin on the threads, which is removed by the hands, the workman holding the threads in his teeth.
The utmost care was necessary, for the threads were weak with old age.
But the flow sank to threads and drops, and the diamond never shone.
Old English þræd "fine cord, especially when twisted" (related to þrawan "to twist"), from Proto-Germanic *thrædus (cf. Middle Dutch draet, Dutch draad, Old High German drat, German Draht, Old Norse þraðr), from suffixed form of root *thræ- "twist" (see throw). Meaning "spiral ridge of a screw" is from 1670s. Threads, slang for "clothes" is 1926, American English.
"to put thread through a needle," mid-14c., from thread (n.); in reference to film cameras from 1913. The dancing move called thread the needle is attested from 1844. Related: Threaded; threading.