Mark Harris
October 31, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Babes in the Wood

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ruth Rendell
publisher
Crown
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

British mystery doyenne Rendell alternates between psychologically acute, unsettling thrillers and mysteries featuring her beloved Inspector Wexford; this, her 58th work of fiction, is one of the latter, and if the four-decade-old Wexford series isn’t quite as scintillating as it used to be, Rendell’s gift for intelligent, coolheaded storytelling remains undiminished. The elements this time: two teenagers who, along with their babysitter, have vanished; a local religious cult; a plethora of family secrets; and, as usual, nary a teacup or a cozy solution in sight.

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