The Lake of Darkness

The Lake of Darkness

The Lake of Darkness Martin Urban is a quiet bachelor with a comfortable life free of worry and distractions When he unexpectedly comes into a small fortune he decides to use his newfound wealth to help out those in nee

  • Title: The Lake of Darkness
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780375704970
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Martin Urban is a quiet bachelor with a comfortable life, free of worry and distractions When he unexpectedly comes into a small fortune, he decides to use his newfound wealth to help out those in need Finn also leads a quiet life, and comes into a little money of his own Normally, their paths would never have crossed But Martin s ideas about who should benefit from hiMartin Urban is a quiet bachelor with a comfortable life, free of worry and distractions When he unexpectedly comes into a small fortune, he decides to use his newfound wealth to help out those in need Finn also leads a quiet life, and comes into a little money of his own Normally, their paths would never have crossed But Martin s ideas about who should benefit from his charitable impulses yield some unexpected results, and soon the good intentions of the one become fatally entangled with the mercenary nature of the other In the Lake of Darkness, Ruth Rendell takes the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished to a startling, haunting conclusion.

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    Ruth Rendell is on fine form in this short novel originally released in 1980, which is a dark and deeply ironic take on the proverb that no good deed goes unrewarded. Rendell approaches this story with a wealth of experience on the malevolent intentions of others and in The Lake of Darkness she captures the cruelty, ignorance, or selfishness of the world or others, that means ones good intentions will often result in being more trouble than they are worth. The Lake of Darkness initially sets out [...]

    I love Ruth Rendell's writing and even her lesser books are fun to read. This may very well be one of those lesser ones. In fact, it strongly reminded me of another one of her books that I can't seem to remember the title of, but it also featured a protagonist that was so utterly clueless about the ways of the world, one practically expects him to be steamrolled under it. Granted this is an older book from a very different time, but still Martin is a staggeringly naïve young man by anyone's and [...]

    Martin, an ordinary, middle-class accountant wins some money playing the football pools, and decides he’s going to give at least half of it away. He comes up with a list of deserving recipients – his cleaner’s sister-in-law, a child who needs surgery, a couple of friends of friends – and writes some letters to set his plan in motion. It’s a simple act of kindness, with only a hint of self-interest. On the heels of his first charitable act, a gift of flowers appears at his door, and he [...]

    As usual, Rendell doesn't fail to entertain with her weird and deviant characters. And the audio narration was quite entertaining.Martin Urban is a conscientious young accountant who wins a pool and suddenly becomes quite affluent, and he decides to use the money to help others less fortunate. He had good intentions, but where did those take him?Finn is another youngster, quite different, who lives with his widowed and schizophrenic mother who is quite dependent on him. Finn has no qualms in kil [...]

    Un bel thriller di Ruth Rendell. Una trama apparentemente semplice che in realtà si complica terribilmente non appena riusciamo a connettere tra loro tutti i personaggi. Martin Urban vince al totocalcio e decide di dare una parte della vincita in beneficenza mirata: una cifra a una famiglia per l'operazione del figlio, una cifra a una persona bisognosa, una cifra alla ex domestica, eccetera. Con l'andare avanti del libro, Martin comincia a vedere se stesso in modo differente, fino a capire le s [...]

    I stumbled upon Ruth Rendell in my teens and, with the exception of Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series, I have persistently returned to her novels. To me Rendell is a genius! Judging by the synopses on the covers of her books, most of her plots seem a trifle bland, not to say boring. However, once you give it a go, you get sucked into her stories.All her psychological novels have got one decisive feature: She creates protagonists that on the surface have got absolutely nothing in common with e [...]

    I was definitely not in the right frame of mind for this; by two-thirds of the way through, I couldn't stand any of the characters and didn't care what happened to them. This isn't to say that Rendell didn't do her usual job of creating interesting, fully-developed characters. I just couldn't stand these. And little things bothered me about this book; I kept finding incidences of her not specifying that time had passed, and it made me want to throw the book. She'd write about, for example, how M [...]

    This is one of the better Ruth Rendell's I've tried. It is very dark, as the title implies, but it also has touches of humor that are unexpected. One of the two protagonists is a psychopathic serial killer. One is a socially confused accountant. Their eventual meeting is disastrous, but also weirdly funny. The getting there, to that meeting, is alternately horror-inducing and roll-your-eyes peculiar. But with both protagonists, there is a true sense of the pathetic that at the same time repels a [...]

    Martin Urban, a square 28-year-old accountant, wins 100,000 pounds in the football pools thanks to the picks from his attractively louche friend Tim. Martin plans to use the windfall to play Lord Bountiful, bestowing gifts upon strangers to assist them with housing woes (any housing woes his friend Tim might have don't factor into Martin's decision; he neglects to mention the win to Tim). Meanwhile, Finn is up to no good, again. This time he's been asked to knock off a tenant so her greedy landl [...]

    Another gripping and fantastical novel by the much lamented late Ruth Rendell. I'm not sure we actually learn which era this is set in, but there are indications it is the 1970s, a time Rendell appears to have found morally fascinating. Martin is a middle class fool who naively plans to give away some of his football pools winnings, only to become accidentally enmeshed with psychopathic handy man, Finn. It is difficult to say who comes off worse, the amoral hunter or the torpid, tax avoiding mid [...]

    Another of Rendell's very dark psychological thrillers based on seemingly innocent actions by an unsuspecting and basically naive person. In this case, it is an accountant who fits the stereotype of that profession. He wins 100,000 pounds in the football pools and decides to use it to help people that he doesn't know find appropriate housing. To say that this is a mistake is putting it mildly as his path crosses with a grasping female who is not what she appears, an old friend who challenges his [...]

    Average Ruth Rendell is better than most writers at their apex. I will say however that this tale of what happens to a man who unexpectedly comes into a financial windfall is one of Rendell's weakest books.She appears to be channeling her inner O. Henry. The book is too melodramatic. There are too many convenient coincidences to drive the plot along.What I disliked the most, however, is a testament to Rendell's skill as an author. All of the characters are so unpleasant. I could not find any to [...]

    One of my personal favorite books. This is the first novel that I read by Ruth Rendell and what I consider her very best (yes, even above the Barbara Vine novels, although 'A Dark Adapted Eye' comes in as a close second). In this book, Rendell showcases her penchant for describing the mentally ill and the quiet desperation in the lives of the average person as their fates intersect in the most interesting and odd of ways. One thing I love about this book is the huge twist in the middle that hits [...]

    Yet another astounding novel from Ruth Rendell. The characters followed (or perhaps "stalked" is a more appropriate word) in this tale are so very different from each other and yet their worlds become so fatefully entangled. Without giving anything away, what is bound to happen doesn't come as a surprise - at least, the general direction of the plot seemed quite obvious to me. What really makes this tale one of her best is the chilling way in which the inescapable chain of events is presented to [...]

    I am just a bit aghast that I am not finsihing a Rendell book. Shecan usually entice me with her disturbing characters, bt not this time. The two primary protagonists ae just too twisted for my taste right now. One is likely schizophrenic, raised by hsi mentally ill mother, and the other is a sad, self-effacing guy who falls in love and begins to hav an affair with a married woman. Perhaps I'm jus tnot in the mood for this, and will give it another go later. The strong presence of a mentally ill [...]

    Ruth Rendell does it again! Another fun, dark-ish mystery that I enjoyed thoroughly. Probably the most enjoyable aspect was the confusion between the 2 main characters, each thinking the one wanted something other than they did. A classic, rough and tumble sociopathic murderer for hire and a classic bumbling accountant turned do-gooder can't help but fail to understand each other, lol!

    A bumbling accountant, an effective but simpleton killer, and repressed homosexuality combine to make this occasionally preposterous crime novel an amusing ride. Perhaps the most fairy-tale-ish of the two dozen Rendell books I've read.

    Martin Urban is a young accountant leading the comfortable though somewhat dull life of a bachelor. Unexpectedly he wins a very large sum of money in a football pool (104,754 pounds 46 pence), but he decides to give half the money away to the poor. Then Francesca enters into his life, a mysterious young woman who captures his heart. And when he meets Finn, the twisted son of his mother's cleaning lady, the good intentions of Martin become fatally entangled with the macabre madness of Finn, with [...]

    Another good psychological thriller of the kind I've come to expect from Rendell. I always enjoy the way that the characters link up & the way that events are misconstrued. All in all an entertaining read.

    ruth rendell, as always, a shrewd observer of human frailty, focusing as she frequently does) on a character with confused sexual orientation

    I enjoyed this book.The storyline was very interesting but at times it was hard to follow the characters. I would recommend this book

    TRIGGER WARNINGS: ableism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, gambling, cheating/adultery, domestic violence, violent content, psychological child abuse, classism, drug use

    A mild mannered accountant wins a large sum of money, and decides to give half of it away. He won it by listening to an old friend, a man he calls beautiful, though only a proper man can admit to himself such a thing about a homosexual! He then meets a mysterious young lady, and becomes embroiled in her web. At the same time, the son of his old housekeeper makes extra money by running 'errands' for others. His mother witnessed a violent crime many years ago and came out scarred, but with the abi [...]

    I am surprised that this book is not a movie - the final scene and surprise twists are very cinematic. I definitely did not totally understand how all of it was going to fit together, and then all of a sudden it all makes sense. Definitely very interesting and dark characters - the mentally ill killer and his mother are so detached and sad, but still making friends and living life. I think the decisions the characters make are very plausible and you can see how they end up in the situations that [...]

    Ruth Rendell is a smart to the point of omniscient writer. She suffers fools bitterly in The Lake of Darkness. One fool in particular, a London accountant with a penchant for spinning internal fairy tales with himself as the center character when he would be better served looking for a clue in the world around him, is suffered so ungladly that his complacent, secure so-called personality is left a brittle shell of cracked identity encasing a quivering core of bitterness and uncertainty. Joining [...]

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