Summary

Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an S rather than a C) is superstitious about the number 13 and has always felt dogged by ill-luck. In the house where he lives, there are 13 steps down to the landing below his rooms. His landlady lives her life almost exclusively through her library, blind to the neglect and decay around her. However, Mix is obsessed with the life of the notorious John Christie, who lived in the same Notting Hill neighbourhood at 10 Rillington Place. He is also infatuated with a beautiful woman who lives near-by, a model who wouldn’t look twice at him. Both landlady and lodger are caught up in their own psychologically twisted parallel worlds. But when reality intrudes into Mix's life, a long pent-up violence explodes.
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5 out of 5 stars
By james on 28-05-15

Thirteen Steps Down

Really enjoyed this, even if the beginning didn't immediately pull me in and the end a little rushed but delightfully ironic

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1 out of 5 stars
By pennyp on 01-04-16

Dull

Didn't finish this book and returned it. Didn't mind the concept of the story but found it very dull.

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5 out of 5 stars
By nina on 06-05-16

As always, Rendell writes a very engaging yarn!

Her stories are addictive, with very human tho creepy characters. Loved the old ladies in this one and their dialogue.
Fantastic reader too!
If you like a bit of suspense with sharply drawn characters and unexpected twists you will enjoy this. M

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2 out of 5 stars
By Calliope on 20-10-15

wow, this was a disappointment

This is the first Ruth Rendell novels I have "read", but I love the several Barbara Vine novels that I have listened to through Audible........I find it hard to believe that they're written by the same person. This book is repetitive: the reader is subjected to repeated, almost identical descriptions of how badly kept the house is and the extent of the disrepair. This book is static: the characters don't change, they keep saying and doing the same things over and over again, and the plot moves at a snail's pace. The book is derivative: there are no surprises in what happens, there's no undiscovered thoughts or motivations, and the only "surprise" about the ghost is pretty unbelievable and kind of fizzles in the end.

Added to that is the lackluster narration, which is occasionally cliched and occasionally undifferentiated (between characters and times).

A disappointment for this Barbara VIne fan.

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