"A Ruth Rendell Mystery 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!' H. R. F. KEATING THE TIMES"
"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 *