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Thirteen Steps Down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    A reviewer

    You can read Ruth Rendell for her plot lines, but she is really the master of character development. You know soon enough the who-dunnit-part, it's the what's-going-to-happen-next parts as you watch things slowly closing in on the bad guy that keep the reader turning pages. That--and making you want to know what happens to the rest of her always interesting cast of characters. It's no wonder Rendell has won so many awards!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    One book and I'm in LOVE

    Whoa! I found this title on the best 100 books in the New York Times book section. Never heard of Ruth Rendell. Rarely do books make me jump out of my seat but this one did. Rendell is the master of casual description and then...WHAM! I'm on my third book of hers and I'm going to read everything she ever wrote. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    Terrific!

    Ruth Rendell never ceases to amaze me. She creates such dissimilar characters who, ironically, share such similar plights.... and fates. In spite of the dark themes and acts of violence in her novels, ultimately justice prevails and at least one character is redeemed... Nerissa in this case. Also, her minor characters are usually works of art all in themselves. Will always look forward to her next novel.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    This is an "okay" Ruth Rendall

    I usually love Ruth Rendall mysteries. I don't feel that this one was one of her best. Generally there is some sort of "aha" moment in her books, a moment when you realize that there was something you already read that you should have realized was important . . . Aha! That's what she meant or that's why that was there or that's why the car went down that road . . . something! I kept waiting for that to happen, and it didn't. This is an okay read, something to pass the time, but not Ruth Rendall's best.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    disappointing

    This author and this book had great reviews on B&N's website, but I was really disappointed in this book. It was supposedly thrilling - so I kept reading hoping something would happen. Finally, I gave up and went to the end of the book (even in boring stories, I still want to know what happens), and I even found the ending dull. The characters were not developed in a way to make you interested in what they were doing and the plot was so slow, that you are bored waiting for the murders to begin. Now I know why it was one of the 'bargin' books. . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    Absorbing and Suspenseful

    No one seems to portray life's losers better than Ruth Rendell. When two of them share one household and delusional tendencies, things get even more interesting. When one of them turns homicidal, it's impossible to stop reading. Both sad and creepy, this is a book that's hard to put down - I guarantee it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    She does it again!

    Wow! That's all I can say about Rendell's latest. She is the master of psychological suspense. Her books never let me down. The plot twists and turns always keep me turning pages and looking forward to the always surprise ending! Very enjoyable fast paced story.

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