The Babes in the Wood
With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all... show more
With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called the Church of the Good Gospel. But when the sitter’s smashed-up car is found at the bottom of a local quarry–occupied by a battered corpse–the investigation takes on a very different hue. The Babes in the Wood is Ruth Rendell at her very best, a scintillating, precise and troubling story of seduction and religious fanaticism–and murder.
Publish date: October 12th 2004
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Series: Inspector Wexford 8 (#19)
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As dark as the subject matter was, I enjoyed reading this book immensely. The plot was complex, the main characters fully developed, the writing excellent. What's not to like? Disclosure: I obtained a used copy of this book from my local Friends of the Library book sale. I do not know the auth...
bookshelves: autumn-2015, published-2002, floods, mystery-thriller, eng-sussex, tbr-busting-2015, britain-england, cults-societies-brotherhoods, midlife-crisis Read from September 25 to 26, 2015 Read by.................. Nigel AnthonyTotal Runtime......... 12 Hours 10 MinsDescription: With floo...
Very satisfying to get reacquainted with Inspector Wexford after a long hiatus. Rendell writes characters so well that the whodunnit is almost a secondary consideration. Despite the drama of 3 missing people, two of them children, there are moments when Rendell achieves a note of grim black comedy j...
Apparently I first read this before I started using GoodReads. I kept thinking the storyline was vaguely familiar, which made the mystery fall a bit flat. Good writing.