Barbara Vine is Ruth Rendell's pseudonym for her more... literary? psychological?... mysteries. The Chimney Sweeper's Boy is about the very unattractive character of Gerald Candless, a novelist, who is devoted to his daughters and ignores his wife. When he dies suddenly, one of his daughters is commissioned to write a book about her father and suddenly realises what little she knows about her father's past.
Vine makes unattractive people into really absorbing characters, whom you care about almost because of how awful they are. While I saw the ending coming for a little while, and didn't find it entirely satisfying, this was still a great mystery - great read.