2014: 105. The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door, Ruth Rendell

"He was a handsome man."

I figured these last two books should get their own posts, since they are part of my long on-going blog projects.  This is the most recent Ruth Rendell, which my lovely friend Nora procured for me in an advanced reading copy, and which I immediately devoured the very day she gave it to me.  Needless to say, I enjoyed it.

It's classic latter day Rendell, which is to say its not so much a who dunnit (we know mostly who dunnit early on), but a why dunnit.  But is also a meditation on aging, and on how to live your life in your elder years.  And still the mystery is pretty interesting.  See, a box is found with two hands it in - one male, two female.  And slowly, a number of adults realize that the location it was found was a tunnel they played in during the Second World War.  As they slowly reconnect - and even more slowly get the police involved, will it turn out that they can solve this terrible crime? (p.s. they can.  I mean, it's not like they gang together and solve it a la Scooby Doo, but the crime gets solved).  I enjoy Rendell's characters in this one (almost no socio or psychopaths, which is nice), and was as engaged in the interpersonal stuff as the long ago murder.  If you like books about long secrets from the past, you'd like this one, I think.

Categories: Ruth Rendell Project

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