Two years ago he had been a promising young novelist. Now he survived - you could hardly call it living - in a near derelict cottage with only an unhooked telephone and his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla - the bored, rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into deception and violence had just begun. . .
"A beautiful double-take plot. And characters seen with compassion. Her best yet!"
"A beautiful double-take plot. And characters seen with compassion. Her best yet!" H.R.F Keating, The Times "The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world" Boston Globe "She can make a scene between two women sitting in a cafe as violent as anything you've seen between a couple of guys with baseball bats" Mark Billingham "Rendell is unrivalled at depicting psychologically warped people and at creating unease through the simplest things. This is another triumph" Observer "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