Reviews

  • "As well as being a classic of suspense, this book marks the high point of Rendell’s gift for seeing the comedy in tragedy. Her portrayal of the pompous and pious bachelor Arthur Johnson and his struggles to control his regrettable inclination towards serial murder is as hilarious as it is disturbing."

    Telegraph
  • "Wonderful at exploring the dark corners of the human mind, and the way private fantasies can clash and explode into terrifying violence"

    Daily Mail
  • "The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world"

    Boston Globe
  • "Rendell is unrivalled at depicting psychologically warped people and at creating unease through the simplest things. This is another triumph"

    Observer