Going Wrong Hardcover – 6 Sep 1990
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"One of the greatest novelists presently at work in our language" (Scott Turow)
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"A natural storyteller" (Times Literary Supplement)
"Rendell’s eerier capacity to comprehend disturbed criminal minds continues to astonish" (The Times)
"There are quite a few Ruth Rendells: the doyenne of the traditional English detective novel; the queen of the psychological thriller; the celebrated author of the literary thriller" (Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A chilling tale of obsession and murderous love, from the world's greatest living crime writer and author of bestselling psychological thrillers including Thirteen Steps Down and Adam and Eve and Pinch Me. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Well apart from having a very criminal past including drug dealing and a protection racket and a pretty dodgy present way of life, he is insanely controlling and possesive and paranoid to boot. Leonora is out of love with him and wants to be 'just friends' to keep him sweet, and out of a sense of guilt for letting such an intensive love down, she agrees to meet him every Saturday for lunch. Guy of course, is still convinced she will come back to him and that it is only because of the evil influence of a variety of friends and family that she has grown away from him. To say he is deluded is an understatement. He is something of a sociopath, of a type appearing in other Rendell works.
His simmering paranoia and resentment is tipped over into near madness when he finds out that Leonora is planning to marry and the groom is not going to be him. Light the blue touch paper!!!
The London background is very well observed and detailed and Guy's control freakery believable. I wanted to kick Leonora in the bottom quite often, for not getting rid of this creep early on, but if not the best classic Rendell it is fairly compulsive if somewhat unpleasant reading
The author does no less in this well-written novel, as she leads the reader into the mind and world of Guy Curran, a handsome, young man from the slums who has led a hard scrabble life, elevating himself from the bowels of poverty by dint of his own hard work and acquiring great wealth in the process . Unfortunately for him, that hard work included some less than reputable dealings in the drug trade, which provided the capital for his now legitimate businesses.
For years, Guy has been obsessively in love with Leonora Chisholm, an upper class miss who, after years of being his reluctant childhood sweetheart, has rejected him and all the trappings of wealth and comfort he has to offer her. She prefers to live in genteel poverty with her friends, while acquiring a new boyfriend whom her family and friends like. Guy is convinced some of his past, shady dealings have come to the attention of someone in Leonora's family or inner circle. He believes that that individual has persuaded Leonora to turn away from him.
Now, who would go and do such a thing? Read this well-written book and join Guy in the process of eliminating the likely suspect in this twisted tale of obsessive love.
I enjoyed it till the end , its funny as well and disturbing and a classic from Ruth Rendell..
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Good story but read in a very irritating way - I appreciate that the narrator is supposed to be rather unbalanced but listening to someone speaking in an angry way long term is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs. C. E. Bogh-henrikssen
A very absorbing read as always with a Ruth Rendell. Always gets 'unputdownable' about halfway.Published 13 months ago by Gill Warrener
In love for life- in many ways. The saddest story told with utter conviction and cleverness. A book to remember.Published 15 months ago by jomac
As ever, Rendell probes character and perception with impressive skill. When she creates these people, she builds characters that are utterly convincing; people you will gradually... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by Maggie Stanfield
As with so many lives - fictional & real - you see the wasted opportunities & chances of happiness missed. Another excellent story from RR.All the characters are believable.Published on 12 May 2013 by Ms Kathleen Truelove
Not her usual good read. Rather dull in a lot of places.I was glad to get to the end! DisappointingPublished on 12 April 2013 by hazel croston
I first read this compulsive page-turner about 12 years ago and loved its intensity.I took the opportunity to read it again recently. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by Mot Juste