The Saint Zita Society – Ruth Rendell

Set in contemporary Britain, this is a strange tale of employers and servants, lovers and enemies, populating the imaginary Hexam Place in London.

The plot, such as it is, involves a semi accidental death being covered up by an unlikely duo. Things do not quite spin out of control, but the situation does get worse.

The book is full of characters – unbelievable, mostly – but not much action. Some of the racial aspects are stereotypical and slightly offputting. There’s not much else to say because the book left me with a sense of… nothing.

It has no direction. It may be intriguing, it may have potential, but it delivers nothing. It’s like a modern fairy tale without the message. Or the fairies..

I just did not get it.

Score: 5/10.

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