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.
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.
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||14th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
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 ...More About Ruth Rendell