[PDF / Epub] ☂ Thirteen Steps Down By Ruth Rendell – Horse-zine.co.uk

Thirteen Steps Down chapter 1 Thirteen Steps Down, meaning Thirteen Steps Down, genre Thirteen Steps Down, book cover Thirteen Steps Down, flies Thirteen Steps Down, Thirteen Steps Down d7144eba740c5 From The Multi Award Winning Author Of The Babes In The Wood And The Rottweiler, A Chilling New Novel About Obsession, Superstition, And Violence, Set In Rendell S Darkly Atmospheric LondonMix Cellini Which He Pronounces With An S Rather Than A C Is Superstitious About The Number In Musty Old St Blaise House, Where He Is The Lodger, There Are Thirteen Steps Down To The Landing Below His Rooms, Which He Keeps Spick And Span His Elderly Landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, Was Born In St Blaise House, And Lives Her Life Almost Exclusively Through Her Library Of Books, So Cannot See The Decay And Neglect Around HerThe Notting Hill Neighbourhood Has Changed Radically Over The Last Fifty Years, And Rillington Place, Where The Notorious John Christie Committed A Series Of Foul Murders, Has Been Torn DownMix Is Obsessed With The Life Of Christie And His Small Library Is Composed Entirely Of Books On The Subject He Has Also Developed A Passion For A Beautiful Model Who Lives Nearby A Woman Who Would Not Look At Him TwiceBoth Landlady And Lodger Inhabit Weird Worlds Of Their Own But When Reality Intrudes Into Mix S Life, A Long Pent Up Violence Explodes

10 thoughts on “Thirteen Steps Down

  1. says:

    The major character in this book is Mix Cellini, a young man whose life is ruled by obsession, superstition and self interest He is intensely preoccupied by the life and literature of an early twentieth century serial murderer This so dominates Mix s life, that he has read every available piece of literature and visited all of the crime scenes He decided to take up residence in the only available property near where the murderer had lived This is the decaying mansion of an elderly spinster, who had never restored any part of this house to its former glory A further essential ingredient in this novel is his dogged attraction to a lovely young model who lives nearby In his attempts to gain her favor, he builds implausible fantasies about their relationship and he stalks her.For those who have read Rendell Vine, you know that the aforementioned is only the a sampling of an intensely inventive psychological accounting In comparison to her recent, Portobello, which I enjoyed, this earlier work contained a higher degree of tension which continued until the final pages I continue to be in awe of Rendell s imagination and skillful renditions in creating extraordinary, preposterous, yet strangely alluring characters

  2. says:

    A fascinating Rendell read, concerning two individuals who live in their own sort of fantasy worlds, and what happens when they cross paths This is a psychological study of two unique individuals a young man who services exercise equipment for a living, and an elderly woman living in her family home, a mansion, which is slowly deteriorating around her Sad to say, I saw reflections of both characters in family, friends, and teaching colleagues The unwillingness to change, to accept society as it is, and the people around them, the reclusive behaviors this sometimes leads to makes this a compelling and thoughtful read Not to say being a loner is a bad thing I m one myself But the rigidity of the mind set is what causes conflict, leading to Well to say much would be to enter Spoilers ville Vividly written, with many minor characters who add flavor, delight and even humor to the story, this was an interesting read Or a listen I did this one on audiobook It s also a crime story, a mystery, and a complex tale with a lot of different angles, and things to think about The things to think about is what I like best about mysteries, and Rendell s books in particular.

  3. says:

    This is not my favorite Ruth Rendell, but it is sufficiently creepy For me it asks the question are we all truly crazy when we think we are normal Or,is my normal someone else s crazy Clearly the main characters have one mental defect or another, but do I If you want to read a better Ruth Rendell book that deals with the psychological effects of murdering someone, check out One Across, Two Down.

  4. says:

    This book was horrible The plot never went anywhere and I felt like I was walking in quicksand trying to get through it I stuck with it hoping the ending would be great, but no The ending was the worst part of the book All in all it was just boring and a terrible read.

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    Having read four or five of Ruth Rendell s books thus far, I am happy that she is a prolific author Not only has she been prolific, but she has remained constant in the quality of her story telling in my experiences.Thirteen 13 Steps Down is a stand alone psychological thriller that for me began very slowly My patience was rewarded as I delved further into the story Her plot is very much character driven which lent itself to the initial slow pace, but drama begins to ensue before too long Much of the plot is the reader experiencing the protagonist s descent into sociopathy, driven by obsessions and a childhood that created in him a cynical view of anyone other than himself and most certainly women in particular.

  6. says:

    a book group selection i m not usually big on mysteries, but i m determined to read with an open mind.i ve really tried with this book, for the sake of my book group discussion, but it is just awful it reminds me of the movie b.t.k that i watched recently which was most probably the worst thing i have ever seen this is the book version of that situation i simply can t get past the pathetic characters, the odd storylines or the contrived connections between characters i don t recommend this book i can t say for sure since i m not one, but i can t even imagine that a person who likes mysteries would like 13 steps down though in actuality it s of a psychological thriller allegedly anyway i found it less than thrilling i ll probably suffer through finishing it so i can talk about it, but i certainly won t have anything nice to say about it hopefully the next selection is better.finally finished it in time for book club it never got any better in fact, the contrived bizarre ending culminated the entire bad experience i was not alone, however, the rest of my club hated it too.

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    I ve read a few Rendell novels before and I couldn t put them down This one was like a slow lifting of the curtain until finally there are a mass of actors in view and moving about No question that the acting is interesting and eventually the many individuals began to differentiate themselves by their activities and their interests Mix Cellini, in particular, appears dangerous, especially to Gwendolen Chawcer, his landlady, and Nerissa Nash, super model But it takes awhile for the reader to understand how these three people and their intersections of life, friends and work are going to make something extraordinary occur When the denouement is at hand, I felt like a cap pistol went off rather than a cannon However, it is a good thriller which relies heavily on the characters personalities to create suspense.Mix, who works as a Fiterama repairman, has an obsession with two people Nash, who he is stalking, and the life and death of a famous serial killer, Reggie Christie Mix is fascinated especially with how Christie buried all of his victims under the floorboards and walls of his house For awhile, Mix is in control of himself But eventually he is missing client appointments to repair their exercise equipment and the company he works for wants him to come in and talk about the complaints It s difficult to do his job and follow the beautiful model, too In order to meet her, he has to find out where she lives and where she goes, so he must spend a lot of hours following her and her friends, trying to finagle relationships with them or somehow create a plausible situation to become her lover In the meantime, he cannot stop buying books about Reggie and reading over and over how he killed a dozen women He walks by Reggie s ex property as often as he can When he sees that Chawcer is advertising for a renter, he takes it because it s a few blocks away from where all the murders occurred Chawcer is an 80 year old woman who never left home Her house is a mouldering crumbling small mansion of antiques and dust She spends her days reading 19th century literature and she has no TV set Raised as an upper class Victorian by her authoritarian, but gentle father and her conservative mother, she literally has almost no experience of the world outside of her house Her dead parents fortune is dwindling so she takes in a boarder, but she doesn t like Mix and she avoids him easy since he lives in an apartment on the third floor She really has no interest in the house and doesn t take care of it, but fortunately she has faithful friends, one of which happens to be Nerissa s mother, who frequently stop by the dirty mansion Mix hates them, but he is always polite despite their old woman ways He is a disorganized loner who lives in his dreams and fantasies, barely able to distinguish them from reality He presents as a regular 30 year old man, able to handle customers and his job, until he begins dating a woman he believes to be the key to meet Nerissa Danila works as an exercise teacher at the Shoshana s Spa and Health Club where he followed Nerissa He thinks the model is a member Danila is very lonely and has no clue about Mix s hidden motives But Mix can t stop comparing her to Nerissa, and soon he, angrily, can t see any use for her after she explains Nerissa is not a regular Club member, but is seeing Madame Shoshana in her Soothsayer role in her room upstairs from the Club.Nerissa, a normal girl who was suddenly swept into the dizzy world of celebrity because of her beauty, feels she must do the things that are expected of her as a celebrity She is compliant and dutiful, a nice person She has a crush on her childhood neighbor, but whenever she visits her happy parents, the now stockbroker avoids her She is aware she has a stalker, but is too nice to confront him Then she runs into Mix unexpectedly at Chawcer s house, where her mother needed a ride for a visit to the elderly aristocratic anachronism Chawcer is only beginning to be disturbed by the behavior of her boarder, who is wandering around the house when she asked him to stick to his apartment Chawcer, who has been lost in the Victorian past for decades, is remembering her own past after seeing a death notice of the wife of a doctor she developed a crush on 50 years ago She starts fantasizing about becoming her ex doctor s wife, so leaves her house to find an Internet cafe From her newspaper reading, she knows somehow these computers can find people This book is busy with characters and their mental lives, but with these three meeting each other, Chawcer, Mix and Nash, a tragedy is brewing The fantasies each are nurturing are not possible given how they actually live and are leading them into regrettable decisions Everyone is going to get hurt if they don t open their eyes to reality But Mix, when reality begins to crush him, having studied his favorite serial killer for decades, wonders if bodies can really remain undiscovered if hidden in a house When circumstances give him an opportunity to copy his second most admired role model, he learns too late the books missed a detail.What is that sickening smell coming from under the floorboards view spoiler Hecate the maiden, the mother and the crone Which characters are the three faces of Hecate Hehe The brief introduction of a real witch was sort of a fun Easter Egg hide spoiler

  8. says:

    Seemed like a perfect read for the day Back to the murky world of Rendell s morally reprehensible criminally amateur miscreants It really is a high testament to an author s talent that she has so consistently managed to produce utterly engaging stories about utterly repugnant reprobates and or utterly unlikeable social outsiders, somehow finding enough humanity in their plights and their motivations to make for such compelling reading experiences This one was strongly reminiscent of arguably superior One Across, Two Down, albeit longer and contemporary by decades Having started on the earlier Rendell, it s almost bizarre to see modern technology and so on in her stories and yet, no matter how flat the tv screens get, the human nature remains the same and it is precisely author s terrific grasp of it with all its nuances and quirks that it so enjoyable to read This is a story of an disagreeable old woman, who spent her life lost in books, taking on a lodger to share her much too large much too neglected house Her lodger has two obsessions, a serial killer who used to live murder in the same area some 50 years ago and a supermodel that he crosses paths with In typical Rendell fashion unpleasantness follows And yet it s very British unpleasantness, weighted down by heavily innate manners and propriety, even when such things are detrimental to the situation at hand And, of course, irony, because life of the aforementioned murky world is much too strange to be played out straight forwardly Recommended.

  9. says:

    If your looking for something different,with some unusual charters,this may be the story for you.It sure was for me I liked it Narrator Ric Jerrom did a nice job.Almost clean Some Foul Language.

  10. says:

    I think that Ruth Rendell by this or any other name is one of the best mystery suspense writers out there, but this book was so difficult for me to finish The quality of writing was great, but the characters are all so completely unlikable that I almost dreaded listening to it at work each day However, I consider this a success on the part of the author, as this to me was a study in delusion Each main character was somehow living completely under the sway of their own misconceptions and delusions, and to see them careening towards disaster was completely unsettling I think that Rendell is the master of keeping the reader uncomfortable, but also intrigued enough to keep them reading I ve said in the past that I really love characters who are bad, but that you kind of want to see triumph, but Mix Cellini has perhaps cured me of that Yet, I still wanted to keep reading Despite my disgust with everyone in the book, I always wanted to keep reading This affected me so much that when I started the book I kept thinking how much I love modern British mysteries and how much I would like to live in London, but by the end I kind of felt freaked out by the entire country It s told in third person limited view, so each section that pertains to a particular character is contained within his or her own understanding of events, and it was fascinating to see how the misconceptions of each character in relation to each other would intersect and merge.Since I listened on CD, I have to mention that the reader did a wonderful job of narrating each characters section in slightly different accents from Mix s low London to Miss Chawcer s queen s English , which really helped make these different perspectives affective and real to me My one complaint about the book is that I think the ending was a little deus ex machina, and sort of fell apart The twist seemed to come out of nowhere and felt very flat and pasted in Otherwise, it was a great book, even if I kind of hated reading it.

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