Dark Corners

Dark Corners

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A brilliantly dark and sinister novel of psychological suspense by Ruth Rendell, "unequivocally the most brilliant crime-writer of our time" (Patricia Cornwell).

When Carl sells a box of slimming pills to his close friend Stacey, inadvertently causing her death, he sets in train a sequence of catastrophic events which begin with subterfuge, extend to lies, and culminate in murder.
In Rendell's dark and atmospheric tale of psychological suspense, we encounter mistaken identity, kidnap, blackmail, and a cast of characters who are so real that we come to know them better than we know ourselves.
Infused with her distinctive blend of wry humour, acute observation and deep humanity, this is Rendell at her most memorable and best.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780385685856
Characteristics: 279 pages


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Jan 10, 2019

This was my first (and likely last) Ruth Rendell novel. Repetitive, pedestrian and weak story premise. Another reader was correct with her assessment that some of storylines went nowhere. Save yourself the time.

VaughanPLZena Dec 16, 2016

Another gem from Ruth Rendell which is sadly her last book. This time instead of seeing things from a psychopath's perspective, we witness a seemingly ordinary man who due to an error in judgment becomes prey to a blackmailer and spirals down to emotional and moral darkness.

Jan 07, 2016

Disappointing read. Some of the storylines went nowhere.

AuntieAnne Dec 12, 2015

Found this a very difficult book to read. There are far too many "coincidences" that simply beggar belief and the story jumps around in a very disjointed manner. I often read good books several times, but this is not one that I will be looking for again.

Dec 01, 2015

In this story, the bullies get murdered when all the bullied had to do was to say a forceable, "No!" Rendell provides the story of 3 characters who lives become interwoven. She shows how an ordinary, moral person can be driven to commit murder, but then can such a person live with that knowledge? Just short of 300 pages - an afternoon of easy reading, but frustrating as the male character doesn't know how to handle the situation he is in.

Nov 19, 2015

Another top read from Ruth Rendell. I read this book in 3 days because it had me in its grip from page 1. Easy to read at the same time as having her usual interweaving of characters that she expertly brings together to create a gripping novel.

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