Post Script: Dark Corners – Ruth Rendell

Cover Dark Corners

Dark Corners

Ruth Rendell

Penguin Random House

Hutchinson London

ISBN: 9780091959258



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.



My View:

Guilt festers and multiplies, life becomes unbearable, and blackmail pushes an ordinary person already on a ledge into a freefall of irrational and deadly behaviours.


An interesting psychological profiling of the three protagonist – none are very pretty and only one has any redeeming features, however I felt the ending was a little mundane and the narrative was not developed enough for my liking. Murder served under done is a bloody thing.


RIP Ruth Rendell.

7 thoughts on “Post Script: Dark Corners – Ruth Rendell

  1. Sorry to hear that you didn’t like this better than you did, Carol. But I think you make some well-taken points. You put it very well, too: Murder underdone/i>. It shows just how important a well-developed ending is to a story…

  2. I have only read one Rendell I’m afraid to say and though she is one of the queens of crime she is not my cup of tea. Very well written. (It was a Dalgliesh book) just not what I’d continue to read. She did much for women in crime fiction though. I saw her at Harrogate one year and she was an amazing woman. She talked about how she walked that first manuscript about, actually walked, back in the day. RIP indeed.

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