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The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell
  

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A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the present where a group of children, who used to play together, are now all in their seventies and eighties and mostly miserable. The connection between now and the original crime is really not the point of this tale. It is more about the psychological nature and interconnection of the group. All very pensive.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This is not really a crime novel, but it still written by Ruth Rendell – and does feature gruesome skeleton hands. When one achieves the status that Rendell has as one of Britain’s most prestigious crime writers (and she remains, along with PD James, one of the country’s two crime queens), it might have been expected that she would rest on her laurels. But this book is both fresh and innovative, proving that her writing career is still in rude health. The Girl Next Door is as surprising as anything she has written. What’s more, the book is often reminiscent of another writer with whom she is frequently compared, Patricia Highsmith – with whom Rendell undoubtedly shares the same cold-eyed view of human nature.
~ Barry Forshaw

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The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell

A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the present where a group of children, who used to play together, are now all in their seventies and eighties and mostly miserable. The connection between now and the original crime is really not the point of this tale. It is more about the psychological nature and interconnection of the group. All very pensive.


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Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Dark Corners is her final novel.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Ruth Rendell

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Hardback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780091958831

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