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The house where he rents an apartment is a wonderful example of the Bad Place; his eighty-something landlady Gwendolyn is another person who drifts, in her case into nostalgia and slow decay. Mix is a deeply modern monster, but Gwendolyn is one of the proofs that this is not just a bitch at modernity; Mix's potential victim, supermodel Nerissa, is charming, smart and blessed. There are a few too many coincidences here for Thirteen Steps Down to quite make it on to the list of great Rendell--her best books are more tightly constructed--but it is certainly a book which her admirers will want.--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An abused and disturbed young mans obsession with a fantasy love for a young model and a unhealthy interest with the murderer Christie takes him on a journey down a very dangerous... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter Joiner
This was the novel that confirmed Ruth Rendell's mastery once and for all. I actually read it after watching the TV adaptation, which is not usually the way round I would approach... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amelia L. Quirk
Firstly, I must confess to not being a huge Ruth Rendell fan.
I have read a couple of her other books and not been overly impressed, but I was drawn to this one after... Read more
This is the first Ruth Rendell book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mix and Gwendoline (and, to a lesser extent, Narissa) were some of the most well-developed and... Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2013 by G. Keogh
Took a long time to get into this book and it seemed to drag on. Nearly gave up before the end.
Not up to usual standard of Ruth Rendell books.
I don't like books that have titles which are misleading. The thirteen steps have almost nothing to do with the actual story. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by Mr. J. Alexander