In traditional fairytales the handsome prince rescues the beautiful princess from her wicked stepmother, and the couple live happily ever after. But in Ruth Rendell's dark and damaged contemporary universe, innocent dreams can turn into the most terrible living nightmares.
Teddy Brex emerges from a loveless, isolated childhood as a handsome but autistic young man. Francine Hill, emotionally and mentally scarred by the murder of her mother, grows into a beautiful young woman, who must endure the overprotectiveness of an increasingly obsessive stepmother.
Teddy Brex does ride to her rescue, but he is a man who has already committed two murders. In Rendell's dark criminal London, can anyone be trusted?
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"Rendell weaves the interlocking desires into a frightening tapestry of warped minds ... A tale as chilling as any Rendell has written to date" (Marcel Berlins The Times)
"Masterfully spooky. Don't read this alone" ( Red)
"The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time... mesmerizing" (Patricia Cornwell)
"Ruth Rendell is the ultimate anatomist of the human psyche, probing behind public facades to reveal private torment and distorted visions that change the way we view the world around us" (Val McDermid)
Traumatised by the murder of her mother, a young woman discovers her rescuer may have a dark past of his own. A terrifyingly vivid portrayal of the murderous impulses hiding in the squalor of North London, from the world's best living crime writer and author of bestselling psychological thrillers including Thirteen Steps Down.
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