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Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell
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Feb 28, 2011

really liked it

The characters in this Ruth Rendell psychological thriller live in a world of their own. Mix Cellini is obsessed with a beautiful model, Nerissa Nash, to the point of becoming a stalker. The obsessive-compulsive Cellini spins his fantasies and sinks deeper and deeper into madness. Cellini's landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, is an elderly spinster who spends her days and nights immersed in books and who has her own obsession, a doctor she once had a "relationship" with 50 years ago and didn't extend beyond tea and cakes at her house after his visits to her ailing mother.
To watch these main characters careen towards disaster was unsettling. While this book doesn’t have the same suspense as a true mystery, it is just as compelling.

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