The Girl Next Door (Rendell novel)
Plot and characters
During World War II, a group of children in Loughton, Essex, United Kingdom,which is where Rendell herself grew up, play in tunnels (in reality, the foundations of an uncompleted house) they discovered under a hill. In the present day they are re-united after the discovery of two hands in a tin box when the tunnels are dug up for construction work. The novel deals frankly with changes and interrelationships of the characters and social changes generally, over seven decades.
In Marilyn Stasio's review for the New York Times the novel's effective use of a split time frame was noted.
- Jake Kerridge (2 May 2015). "The best of Ruth Rendell: 10 to read, watch and listen to". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- Jane Jakeman (7 August 2014). "The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell, book review: Author's latest mystery doesn't shy away from uncomfortable subject matter". The Independent. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- Hazelton, Claire (14 September 2014). "The Girl Next Door review – Ruth Rendell's acute investigation of old age". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 26 September 2015.