A stand-alone novel published posthumously by Hutchinson in 2015
When Carl sells a box of slimming pills to his close friend Stacey, inadvertently causing her death, he sets in train a sequence of catastrophic events which begin with subterfuge, extend to lies, and culminate in murder.
Ruth was unique. No one can equal her range or her accomplishment; no one has earned more respect from her fellow practitioners.—Val McDermid 2
She was a writer whose power stemmed from the imagination, then, and yet in one sense her books read like documentary realism.—Jake Kerridge 3
I have met many great people in my career, but Ruth stands out as a beacon for demanding things were done well and understanding that it’s a team effort that delivers … though of course she was the star player.—Graham Benson 4
She stood by me, and later, as I grew up and she grew older, I realised I was standing by her.—Jeanette Winterson 5
Her books were realistically contemporary and there was room within them for rigorous and explicit social commentary. The puzzle element of the whodunnit was never quite enough for Rendell.—Ian Rankin 6
Not many people realise the important political and parliamentary contribution Ruth made. She was instrumental in getting the first piece of legislation passed that outlawed female genital mutilation in the UK.—Valerie Amos 7
Patricia Hodge reads Dark Corners for BBC Book at Bedtime.
Ruth Rendell’s ashes interred in Suffolk.