A spectacularly compelling story of blackmail, accidental murders, and of one life's fateful unraveling from Ruth Rendell - "one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation" (People) - writing at her absolute best.
When his father dies, Carl Martin, a philosophy graduate and struggling novelist, inherits a house in a trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father's bizarre collection of homeopathic "cures" that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills. Mistake number three was selling 50 of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead. Now Dermot seizes a nefarious opportunity and begins to blackmail Carl, followed by his refusal to pay rent and a truly creepy invasion of Carl's space.
Ingeniously weaving together two storylines that finally merge in one shocking turn, Ruth Rendell describes one man's spiral into darkness - and murder - as he falls victim to a diabolical foe he cannot escape.
This is masterful storytelling that gets under your skin, brilliant psychological suspense from Ruth Rendell.
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It was boring, main characters were people who did nothing and when they did, it wasn't believable. Went on way too long.
Narration was fine. What could the narrator do with such a dull and unrealistic plot?
Everyone but Nicola.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
This is another great book by Ruth Rendell. A psychologically interesing listen (not scary) with lots of quirky characters (the best kind!). Ruth Rendell does it again. Check out some of her other books if you haven't already.
This is another great Rendell, and actually got a bit surprising, as I did not think there would be more than one crazed person, but there were actually a handful. The character of Lizzie got lost somehow towards the end, and that's the flaw in the book for me; the one who was so amoral and weird in the beginning seems to have faded from sight at the end. That loose end needed some tying up--how did she deserve a decent boyfriend when even her FATHER knew she was a sneak and a liar? Oh well, still an interesting read! And wish there were going to be more Rendells--just ONE more Wexford?
This was not Ruth Rendell's best novel for me - I prefer the Wexford series - but it was a thoroughly enjoyable "listen" and the narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.
I think that means 'hail and farewell.'
How wonderful that Ms Rendell was still at the height of her powers at the end of her life!
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