Ruth Rendell's new psychological thriller is a gripping examination of society. And the darkness is never far away . . .
When millionaire banker, Preston Still, kills his wife's lover by pushing him down the stairs, he looks to the family au-pair to help him dispose of the body.
But the au pair belongs to the Saint Zita Society, a self-formed group of drivers, nannies and gardeners, who are servants to the rich - and whose intentions are not entirely benign.
Accident murder, illicit affairs, and a young man recently released from a hospital for the criminally insane come together with devastating consequences in Ruth Rendell's gripping new crime novel.
“Rendell deploys her unadorned prose style to create memorable characters and nail-biting suspense.”
“This is a rip-roaring crime caper that will have you on the edge of your seat and will keep you guessing until the very last pages.”
“Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world”
“As a page-turner there are few who can match Ruth”
“Unequivocally, the most brilliant mystery writer of our time. She magnificently triumphs in a style that is uniquely hers and mesmerising”
“Rendell is a great storyteller who knows how to make sure that the reader has to turn the pages out of a desperate need to find out what is going to happen next”
“There are quite a few Ruth Rendells: the doyenne of the traditional English detective novel; the queen of the psychological thriller; the celebrated author of the literary thriller; and her most recent incarnation, as a writer of blackly comic fairy tales set in London.”
Mail on Sunday
“To read her nowadays is akin to quaffing a glass of what the fake princess calls ‘TDTINW’ – the drink that is never wrong – champagne. She is exhilarating, makes you giggle yet leaves you with an acidic aftertaste.”
“Rendell is excellent on the delicate snobbery of the uneasy territory in between the social classes... The novel’s plot forms a complex web in which power sways back and forth between employer and employed.”