The Face of Trespass by Ruth Rendell

A poverty-stricken writer flees a failed affair, but things may have already gone too far.

The Face of Trespass is an early novel by one of my favorite writers, Ruth Rendell. It’s a short book and a quick read, yet packed with psychological complexity and fascinating characters. I loved the hermeticism of Gray’s world and his believably strange relationship with his French stepfather HonorĂ©. Not as transcendent as some of her best works (Judgment in Stone in particular) but well worth the read.

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