Thirteen Steps Down

Thirteen Steps Down

Book - 2004
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Mix Cellini, who lives in Notting Hill, becomes obsessed with the life of serial murderer John Christie and an attractive model, while his landlady lives her life through her library. However, violence erupts when reality infringes on Mix's life.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2004
ISBN: 9780385660747
038566074X
Branch Call Number: FIC Rende 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 313 p
Alternative Title: 13 steps down

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readerpat
May 11, 2015

A very good story about a man who is a stalker of a beautiful model and also is obsessed with Reggie Christie ( a serial killer in London in the 1950's )
He lodges in an old house owned by an eccentric old lady who never cleans her house and is still in love with an old flame from 50 years ago. She never married. There are 2 murders and a surprise ending. Couldn't put the book down !

I was drawn by the name of Ruth Rendell, I believe she may have had stories put on tv, anyway I mostly got it for my mom to read as she likes reading almost anything.

Before she looked at it, I started reading and to be blunt I was turned off by the subject matter and stopped reading, therefore my low rating of this book. In this world of "shock" tv shows, I prefer gentler reads for the most part (though even my dad, an author, writes for shock value it would seem).

I realize my review is jarring when placed against the other three but it is my opinion. I won't be reading any other books by this author most likely, unlike with the late Maeve Binchy. I have read almost all of her books.

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mudflapflossy
Jun 10, 2012

I just read Ruth Rendell’s “The Crocodile Bird” & “The Water’s Lovely” which were both excellent. Read great reviews on this one and was all set for a similarly enjoyable read. It was such a letdown. The story is agonizingly drawn out, every character is either just dull, out-and-out dislikeable or in most cases both, so I couldn’t empathize with them at all. I think I'll give reading Ruth Rendell a break for now

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thereseq
Jan 18, 2011

Gruesomely wonderful, like the best of Rendell's fiction! She has an uncanny knack for getting inside the heads of her creepy anti-heroes, making their bizarre behaviour seem almost logical. Certainly she renders them strangely sympathetic.

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jarenas
Sep 29, 2010

I could not put this book down and couldn't wait to return to it! A must read for Ruth Rendell fans. Possibly her best piece of work.

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