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Mystery Monday – The Tree of Hands

The Tree of Hands by Ruth Rendell

Review by Matt B. (BuffaloSavage)

Rendell is known for her readable and engrossing why-dunnits. On first glance, this stand-alone novel looks like a tale of mother’s love gone misguided, but turns into a nightmare of kidnap, fraud, domestic violence and death. Once started, it is hard to put down this story involving three unrelated characters that slowly, inexorably come together. The atrocious mother, Mopsa, is an unforgettable character. This 1984 outing would be the perfect gateway drug to an incurable Rendell addiction.




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