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Not Her Best But Still Worth Reading,
This review is from: The Babes In The Wood: (A Wexford Case) (Paperback)
I adore Ruth Rendell but for probably the second time ever out of dozens of her wonderful crime thrillers I struggled a little with this Wexford story.
Two well behaved intelligent teenaged kids go missing whilst their parents are away for a weekend under the care of a local ex-teacher. It is set against the backdrop of horrendous floods in the Sussex village of Kingsmarkham and contains the usual snippets from Chief Inspector's family life and his interesting relationsip with sidekick, the suave Burden. A religious sect could be involved but the parents are acting strange too - the mother a hysterical unstable emotional wreck and the father distant and bemused.
The plot takes some clever turns but somehow maybe lacks the coherence and amazing dramatic denoument of some of her others. It would be unfair and rather flippant to say it is written to a format but I think this will not be one of the top ranking novels from this amazing writer.
All in all, die hard Rendell fans should buy it and will enjoy it, it is a good read but not amongst her best ever works.