I love Ruth Rendell writing style and reading this book only confirmed the fact she is probably my favorite writer of crime/fiction books, I've read most of them and also read the books she writes under the pseudonym of Barbara Wine.
Ruth is brilliant at describing personalities at the point that after reading the book they almost seem real persons. It helps of course the fact that I live in London and most of her books describe familiar places and street. In this specific novel there is a character ( a Spanish kind of house keeper ) that in fact reminded me of someone I've actually met!This is the type of book you better start reading at the weekend because you will not be able to put it down until is finished.
The story is about the ins and outs of a group of apparently totally normal people that live average life and at a certain point become involved with a crime; this is a recurrent pattern in all her books and is exactly why she is so brilliant; she makes crime appear like an ordinary thing that can happen to anyone, just like drinking a cup of tea.
I also like the fact she doesn't use crude language; if you like crime books that talk about blood and dead corpses and violence this is not the book for you.
Available from: I've bought it on Amazon but also seen in WH Smith