Dark Corners by Ruth RendellDark Corners by Ruth Rendell

Dark Corners

byRuth Rendell

Paperback | October 27, 2015

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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.
RUTH RENDELL wrote her first novel From Doon with Death in 1964, which introduced her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford. Since then, she has gone on to write sixty bestselling novels, including police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, standalone psychological mysteries, and a thi...
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Title:Dark CornersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.99 × 5.2 × 0.79 inPublished:October 27, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385685858

ISBN - 13:9780385685856

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Really good page turner story.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I have only one word for this plot: diabolical!!
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruth Rendell's compelling and deliciously unnerving last novel. A compelling and deliciously unnerving novel. It WAS written by Ruth Rendell after all… She penned 66 novels. I’m just so sad it is the last ‘new’ novel of hers I shall ever read. Set in the affluent London suburb of Maida Vale, the novel features Carl Martin, a young novelist in his early twenties. Carl has recently inherited a property from his father – and in order to make ends meet he takes in a tenant for his upstairs rooms. The tenant, Dermot, works at a local veterinary clinic and is a regular church-goer. At first Dermot seems a model tenant – but that is short-lived… It happens that Carl’s father left behind a good number of medicines in the bathroom. When Carl’s friend Stacy, a television actress, complains of gaining weight, he sells her some of the ‘diet’ capsules from his father’s stash. Tragically, Stacy dies as a result of her taking the DNP. Dermot had witnessed the transaction with Stacy and now exerts a sort of reverse blackmail upon Carl. He is not demanding money from him, rather he is withholding his rent instead. Rent that Carl depends upon to live – as his writing does not pay the bills… Dermot inflicts such insidious psychological torment on Carl that the reader can feel his desperation. His life becomes unmanageable. He becomes irrationally frightened of Dermot – so much so that he has suicidal thoughts. The humiliation and shame that would come about if Dermot shared his knowledge – ruining his career and reputation – would be just too much. The secondary protagonist of “Dark Corners” is Lizzie. An acquaintance of Stacey’s, Lizzie is a loner who enters Stacey’s lovely flat after her death and squats there. She make free and easy with Stacey’s belongings. Eating her food, drinking her drink, wearing her clothes. Yet Lizzie deludes herself into thinking she would never ‘steal’ anything… Neither of the two protagonists in “Dark Corners” are particularly likable yet the reader raptly follows their increasingly desperate plights – much like fascinated onlookers at an accident scene… “Dark corners” is a twisted story about twisted personalities. Ruth Rendell is a writer with a seemingly expert knowledge of human foibles and the vagaries of human behavior. She writes ‘WHYdunits’ rather than WHO dunits. This is a novel of abduction, murder and psychological torment – NOT a mystery as such. Highly recommended! This review was originally published on my book review blog: Fictionophile
Date published: 2015-11-01

Editorial Reviews

"Superbly written." —Winnipeg Free PressPRAISE FOR RUTH RENDELL:   • "It's an image that's hard to forget: the severed but still clasped hands of two adulterous lovers, buried for years in a cookie tin. That's Ruth Rendell for you, offering a vision that's grim, grotesque and yet strangely beautiful." --The New York Times Book Review on The Girl Next Door   • "Rendell has written a comic and alarming novel that makes an almost perfect little book." --Toronto Star on The Saint Zita Society