Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. Harriet is a beautiful, bored trophy wife who employs a series. A Sight for Sore Eyes: A Novel [Ruth Rendell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman. But in Ruth Rendell’s dark and damaged contemporary universe, innocent dreams can turn into the most terrible living nightmares. Teddy Brex emerges from a.

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And the coolest thing is the ending and how it is nicely tied up for us but not completely so. The author led the reader in Teddy’s mind. It’s only a small detail, but yet another one which makes the premise implausible. Ruth Rendell has a knack for portraying dysfunctional people and loveless marriages.

The two craziest of the bunch would have to be Julia, the overprotective stepmother, who also happens to be, probably the worst psychologist in the history of the profession; and Teddy, a neglected boy who grows to be a beautiful but scary psychopath.

The whole book is jam packed with sentences like that, poorly written, and worse do nothing to advance the story.

Random House Large Print, Ruth Rendell is a good writer, but sometimes she gets it so wrong when trying to depict life in London. The step-by-step grind to what eventually happens. Like many other reviewers, I thought it could have benefitted from tighter editing: Male obsessed about ridding himself of his shabby existance [s] 4 45 Apr 13, Oct 23, Marco rated it really liked it Shelves: It is an extraordinary story by a writer who, after 45 books, countless awards, and decades of international acclaim, is still getting better with every book.

Watching characters A, B, and C converge on the same spot was sort of like watching two trains and a car on an obvious collision course I don’t mind the odd error or inconsistency, especially when they have no material bearing on the trajectory of events.


Bored by marriage to a wealthy, much older man, she scans the local newspapers for handymen to perform odd jobs around the house, including services in the bedroom. What a frustrating book, what mixed feelings I have in reaction to it.

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And she treats even unlikeable, appalling characters with a sort of frank respect for their humanity that I really appreciate. Surely he could have done better with the car, and with hiding the bodies.

Bored by marriage to a wealthy, much older man, she scans the local newspapers for handymen to perform odd jobs around the house, including services in the bedroom.

Three Spires Books Published: What an impressive overview. Doubleday Canada Limited, Toronto, Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life.


A hookup made in hell. May 12, Leslie Nagel rated it really liked it. Now on to the “sequel”–The Vault! Interior is clean and legible. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Books on Tape Availability: I have always enjoyed Ruth Rendell’s books although I have felt that the newer books have not quite lived up to my expectations.

A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories of very different people, whose lives converge with horrifying consequences.

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A not dissimilar story could be told of Yvette Cooper. Their troubled affair takes a while to get going, but once it does, Rendell’s sharp characterizations and idiosyncratic descriptions are riveting. Each person has aspects of their past that link them together in tragedy.

A Sight for Sore Eyes Author s: There are a number of threads that come together in an inexorable way The characters play the most important part in this psychological suspense. A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories, and for the longest time, the reader has no inkling of how they will come together.


Published by Hutchinson, London,first edition. Refresh and try again. Teddy was born in squalor. Sep 14, Gila Gila rated it really liked it Shelves: There are so many details about Teddy that just don’t add up.

A Sight for Sore Eyes

Signed by Ruth Rendell, dated in month and year of publication: Ripley before him, Teddy Brex needs to be surrounded by beautiful things, and will do anything to get them.

He wasn’t immunised against anything but, it seems, never even had mumps, chicken pox, let alone measles. rruth

Book is in Fine condition. That talent, along with how she weaves her tale, is renddell makes this intelligent novel of psychological suspense so riveting and hard to put down. Sigght does excel at showing the progression of his mental illness as he begins to kill and also begins to obses Rendell is a highly esteemed author who is known for the popular Wexford series, but also writes crime fiction that explores the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated.

With excriciatingly-teeth-grindingly awkward characters and situations, A Sight for Sore Eyes is full of a creeping horror–and the murders that are at the core of this book are only part of it.

Ended with a bump instead of a sgiht.