1. The Face of Trespass (1974): This classic mystery novel follows a middle-aged woman who becomes obsessed with a mysterious house and the people who live there. Rendell’s intricate plotting and superb writing make this a must-read for any fan of crime fiction.
2. A Judgement in Stone (1977): In this psychological thriller, a seemingly respectable woman is driven to commit a terrible crime. Rendell’s exploration of the motivations behind the killer’s actions make this a gripping and unsettling read.
3. The Bridesmaid (1989): This gripping novel follows a young woman who is hired to be a bridesmaid for an old friend. As secrets and lies unravel, the tension builds to a thrilling climax.
4. No Night Is Too Long (1992): This intense psychological thriller follows a young man who falls in love with an older man, only to find out that his lover is not what he seems. Rendell’s exploration of the power of obsession is masterful.
5. Road Rage (1997): Rendell takes readers on a terrifying ride in this novel that follows a serial killer’s rampage through the English countryside. With sharp characterizations and a gripping plot, this is a must-read for any fan of suspenseful crime fiction.
6. The Rottweiler (2004): In this gripping novel, a detective must solve a murder case involving a vicious attack dog. Rendell expertly explores the psychological motivations behind the killer’s actions and creates a gripping and shocking read.