Reviews

  • "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