Reviews

  • The sins and self-deprecations of the inhabitants of a mansion block in north-west London are skewered with great skill in a novel that incorporates adultery, dipsomania, theft, paedophilia, drugs and, inevitably, murder. A clever whodunit most notable for its naked misanthropy

    Evening Standard
  • Ruth Rendell keeps up an amazingly high standard . . . utterly gripping

    A.N. Wilson
  • Once her characters start twisting on ever-tightening tracks, their fates are brilliantly sealed, and it's never obvious who'll be the victim or the culprit. Rendell's greatest trick is making an unforeseen outcome feel predestined

    Financial Times
  • Throroughly gripping . . . As always with Rendell, it's the exquisite human and social minutiae that count

    The Times
  • Ruth Rendell has few rivals as a chronicler of everyday life

    Sunday Times

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