Dark Corners

Dark Corners

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 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" --
Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442391369
Branch Call Number: CD F REN
Additional Contributors: Jerrom, Ric - Narrator

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susanchyn
Jun 13, 2016

The beginning of this Ruth Rendell audio book is overwritten and over-acted, but within a track or two, the plots thicken in deliciously perverse ways and we are introduced to a medley of Londoners whose paths continue to cross.

Initially, these characters seem mundane enough; we follow them about town on foot and bus, noting street names and neighborhoods. Rendell then shows, gradually, subtly, these normal people behaving in rather abnormal ways. The narrative, reminiscent of both Poe and Dostoevsky, is quintessentially Rendellian, but here the psychological landscape is driven by glossy urban desire.

A master plot-weaver, Rendell surprised me at several twists and turns, including the end of the novel.

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