A Dark-Adapted Eye


  “A Dark-Adapted Eye” (1986) is a psychological thriller novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the nom-de-plume Barbara Vine. The novel won the American Edgar Award.   Plot Summary: Largely set during World War II, the story is told by Faith Severn, who at the prompting of a true-crime writer recounts her memories of her … Continue reading A Dark-Adapted Eye

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“The House of Stairs”: Probing the Depths of a Manipulative Mind


"The House of Stairs" By Ruth Rendell (Writing as Barbara Vine) (Source: http://www.penguinreaders.com/pdf/downloads/pr/teachers-notes/9781405879620.pdf) About the author ‘Barbara Vine’ is the pen name of the world-famous crime writer Ruth Barbara Rendell. Rendell was born in 1930 in London, the only child of an English mother and a Swedish father. She spent many holidays in Scandinavia and … Continue reading “The House of Stairs”: Probing the Depths of a Manipulative Mind