Dark Corners

Dark Corners

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father's bizarre collection of homeopathic "cures" that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills. Mistake number three was selling fifty of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead. Dermot seizes a nefarious opportunity and begins to blackmail Carl, refusing to pay rent, and creepily invading Carl's space. Ingeniously weaving together two storylines that finally merge in one shocking turn, Ruth Rendell describes one man's spiral into darkness-- and murder-- as he falls victim to a diabolical foe he cannot escape" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501119422
Branch Call Number: Mystery Ren
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 29, 2019

As with many of Rendell's novels, this is more of a morality play than a mystery. Kristi & Abby tabby

Jan 10, 2019

This was my first (and likely last) Ruth Rendell novel. Repetitive, pedestrian and weak story premise. Another reader was correct with her assessment that some of storylines went nowhere. Save yourself the time.

VaughanPLZena Dec 16, 2016

Another gem from Ruth Rendell which is sadly her last book. This time instead of seeing things from a psychopath's perspective, we witness a seemingly ordinary man who due to an error in judgment becomes prey to a blackmailer and spirals down to emotional and moral darkness.

Jan 07, 2016

Disappointing read. Some of the storylines went nowhere.

AuntieAnne Dec 12, 2015

Found this a very difficult book to read. There are far too many "coincidences" that simply beggar belief and the story jumps around in a very disjointed manner. I often read good books several times, but this is not one that I will be looking for again.

Dec 01, 2015

In this story, the bullies get murdered when all the bullied had to do was to say a forceable, "No!" Rendell provides the story of 3 characters who lives become interwoven. She shows how an ordinary, moral person can be driven to commit murder, but then can such a person live with that knowledge? Just short of 300 pages - an afternoon of easy reading, but frustrating as the male character doesn't know how to handle the situation he is in.

Nov 19, 2015

Another top read from Ruth Rendell. I read this book in 3 days because it had me in its grip from page 1. Easy to read at the same time as having her usual interweaving of characters that she expertly brings together to create a gripping novel.


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