Dark Corners Hardcover – 22 Oct 2015
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"Her absence is keenly felt. But we do have this mesmeric book . . . It’s a felicitous last hurrah for Rendell" (Barry Forshaw Independent, Books of the Year)
"It enjoyably and honourably concludes Rendell's six decades of exploring the death force that, as her last book demonstrates, may be triggered in unexpected people and places. - Mark Lawson" (Guardian, Books of the Year)
"Dark Corners is written in a deceptively simple manner, and at times it reads like a twisted fairytale. It leaves an uneasiness behind like a dark stain on the consciousness . . . The violence of Dark Corners is the violence that stems from the mundane and the ordinary, and it is all the more frightening because of that." (Independent)
"Everything that makes Rendell's work so memorable - gothic but believable people and plots, simple yet vivid prose, peerlessly rendered settings, and fear and despair as the twin ‘parents’ of violence - is in evidence here." (Publishers Weekly)
"Another of Rendell’s penetrating studies of ordinary people trapped in extraordinary circumstances . . . her countless admirers will seize on it with delight." (Literary Review)
"Cunningly wrought . . . a triumph . . . the ending is perfect – a fitting full stop at the end of a great career." (Mail on Sunday)
"From the impressive variety of tones and styles to which she had access as a writer, Rendell chose for Dark Corners black comedy that echoes Muriel Spark . . . [Dark Corners] enjoyably and honourably concludes Rendell's six decades of exploring the death force that, as her last book demonstrates, may be triggered in unexpected people and places." (Guardian)
"The late Ruth Rendell put a permanent stamp on crime fiction with 65 novels of screw-twisting suspense, written under both her own name and the pseudonym Barbara Vine. The posthumously published DARK CORNERS is a worthy final entry in her body of work" (The Wall Street Journal)
"It’s a Rendell ‘stand-alone’ – a pitch-black thriller." (The Times)
"A gripping story . . . You will feel the authentic Rendell prickle of fear as you realise how easily a mis-step could plunge you into a situation like [the protagonist’s]." (Daily Telegraph)
From the Inside Flap
‘Her work, mapping the manic and malevolent extremes of human behaviour, was distinguished by terse yet elegant prose and sharp psychological insights, as well as a talent for creating deft and intricate plots and believable characters.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Her novels have been a major force in lifting crime writing out of genre fiction and into both cutting-edge and mainstream literature.’ Jeanette Winterson
‘One of the all-time greats.’ Sophie Hannah
‘A prolific and hugely popular writer of intricately plotted mystery novels that combined psychological insight, social conscience and, not infrequently teeth-chattering terror.’ New York Times
‘Unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time.’ Patricia Cornwell
‘When many of the literary novelists of our time are forgotren, Ruth Rendell’s books will remain, and future generations will see that not only did she keep her readers on tenterhooks with every book, she also wrote stories which held up a mirror to her times.’ Daily Mail
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While some have been better than others, she has always for me been head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to her trademark 'whydunnits' and Dark Corners is no exception. Her skill in exploring human psychology means you can't help liking Carl Martin, in spite of everything. Pure Skill.
One slight criticism would be that Lizzie's story didn't get ended or resolved or properly explained. That being said, Dark Corners is up with the very best Rendell books and I will very much miss this wonderful lady's writing skills!
Carl, the main character, is not a bad person as such, he is weak and swings from one bad decision to another, always at the mercy of his fears and emotions. The supporting cast is an assortment of quirky and fascinating characters. Murders and kidnapping seem to happen as a result of misunderstandings, assumptions and even Fate itself.