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About the Author
Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) was an English politician and author of thrillers and mysteries. Rendell began her writing career as a journalist for a local Essex paper. She published her first novel From Doon with Death in 1964, it featured her most famous character Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford. She would go on to write many more books in the Wexford series which were later adapted for television as The Ruth Rendell Mysteries between 1987 and 2000. In 1997 she was created a life peer and sat in the House of Lords. She was the winner of many literary awards including three Edgars and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association.
Date of Birth:February 17, 1930
Place of Birth:London, England
Education:Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ruth Rendell is a master at developing the strangest, but totally believable family drama situations from compelling and believable characters. This story features an anorexic, serial killer teenager who has an unhealthy love interest in her father. She eventually grows out the anorexia, as well as the crush, but there are a number of bodies left in her wake. Did she really kill these people? Twisty to the end, Heartstones is a short, sweet read, almost like a bedtime story for those with a wickedly dysfunctional appetite.
I was three when she was born and remember with perfect clarity being told I was to have a little brother or sister to play with. This was the way my mother put it to me and I believed her, as what child would not.The reality is a baby the older sibling is forbidden to touch, for how would the elder one choose to 'play' with the interloper, the thief of a parent's love? By beating it to death, by stamping on its face, by taking the feeble wriggling body to the river and watching the current carry it away downstream. Those are the games to play with a new brother or sister - if the opportunity is given.A few months ago I read "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson and it reminded me of this book, so when I saw it on the table at today's meet-up I decided that it was time for a re-read.And since it's only 77 pages long, I managed to read the whole thing on the train home. It's just as good as I remembered, and more like one of her Barbara Vine books really, since it's a dark and twisted tale rather than a detective story.I've also seen an adaptation of this book on TV, with Emily Mortimer as Elvira, which I'd recommend if it's ever shown again.