‘Heartstones’ by Ruth Rendell is a haunting tale that is brilliantly written. All seems to start well enough, if not a bit off kilter. As the story goes along all turns and turns and turns. Finish this just before bed and you may being turning a lot in bed.
I try to keep my reviews void of any actual story, but have to remark of the change of the main character and what a terrific job Rendell does. i marvel at how Rendell took me from a view of the main character to something else altogether. This book is near towards a horror story and certainly no standard mystery. In that I despise horror or science fiction, which i see as one in the same, and place the rating I have indicates how much this book caught me in it’s writing and plot.
It might’ve been nice if the story fleshed out a bit more. But am certain the book would have far less impact if longer.
A side note of the backward thinking of today: Younger people might have trouble with this book in that psychological problems are at issue. The silly idea that you are what you say you are and one lives only for the moment, that is favored today, would have one leave this book wondering what had happened at the end and not understanding the book at all. A great point of discussion for a book group.
Bottom line: I strongly recommend this book. 10 out of 10 points.