A Demon in My View
She waits for him in the dark, her mind and body perfect, passive, until one day, when he goes to the cellar, and she is gone . . .
In A Demon in My View, Ruth Rendell creates a character as frightening as he is fascinating. Mild-mannered Arthur Johnson has never known how to talk to women. And his loneliness has perverted his desire for love and respect into a carefully co...more
Arthur Johnson is a stodgy old anal retentive who has had a dismal childhood living with his rigid spinster aunt.
Anthony Johnson is a handsome young student of psychology writing his thesis on psychopaths and is in love with Helen, a married lady, who he urges to elope with him, but she is dithering.
Both come to occupy t ...more
She often writes of those mentally ill people who live on the fringes of society and get away with it for years until some error in judgment sets them down a path of no return. This gripping novel is an outstanding example of her work in that genre.
A common theme in her work is the stunted psychological development of those who are rais ...more
(view spoiler)[It tells the life of Arthur Johnson, a psychopath who lives in a house of flats with other renters. Every so often, he has to strangle a mannequin hidden in the basement to feed his desire. Complications arise when a new person with a slightly similar name to the psychpath rents one of the flat rooms and the mannequin vanishes. (hide spoiler)]
One of the mist ed ...more
O livro é um crescendo de sentimentos e circunstâncias que levam à origem de um psicopata.
Tal e qual um vulcão adormecido que, a nós até parece que entrou em erupção de forma repentina e efusiva demais, um psicopata é gerado, nutrido e formado de forma lenta e "bem" direcionada. Com este livro, penso que a autora quis mostrar que um assassino não surge como se de um cogumelo se tratasse. Alguém ou vários alguéns são os verdadeiros culpados da criação de um ...more
The plot line really excited me and I thought it sounded just like something I would enjoy, I was disappointed though. The plot, though clever was very strange and the ending too unrealistic and not climatic.
The plot is a good one, she has nice twists. I couldn't quite get under the skin of the characters. There are now so many powerful psychological dramas that her treatment was a little formulaic - or maybe simply dated now.
Glad I read her. Have been meaning to ...more
As ever, Rendell's descriptions and portrayal of the disordered mind of the believable ...more