Synopses & Reviews
After weeks of rain, Chief Inspector Wexford has just finished moving his books and furniture upstairs to protect them from the rising waters when the telephone rings. Two local teenagers and their babysitter have gone missing. Wexford isn' t particularly worried, since these things usually sort themselves out. But as hours stretch into days, he begins to suspect he has a kidnapping on his hands. The stakes get even higher when a member of the missing trio turns up dead in the woods nearby.
In the course of his investigation, Wexford must deal with a neighbor whose alibi is questionable, a religious cult and its sylvan rituals, someone close to the children' s family who nurses a terrible secret, and the babysitter' s ex-husband, who reveals the woman' s hidden penchant for violence.
In The Babes in the Wood, Ruth Rendell draws the reader into a riveting story that alternates between Chief Inspector Wexford' s domestic life-- his worries about the security of his home and his daughter' s odd new boyfriend-- and his determination to see through a kaleidoscope of lies and bring a murderer to justice.
"Bizarre, isn't it? The teenagers are 15 and 13, the sitter's in her 30s, they can all swim and the house is miles above the floods". As Burden introduces the case to Wexford with these words, the Subaqua Task Force looks in vain for drowned bodies. Yet their mother is sure her children are dead.
110,000 copies sold in Hutchinson hardback. Rendell's last paperback, "Harm Done", sold over 255,000 copies. High-profile marketing campaign to promote. Market-leading author in the crime fiction genre. "...a superbly elegant writer who cannot bore; her insights into warped minds and stunted emotions still have the power to shock and disturb" "The Times".