The Girl Next Door: A Novel

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From crime legend Ruth Rendell, a psychologically intriguing novel about an old murder that sends shockwaves across a group of astonishingly carnal and appetiteful elderly friends: “Refined, probing, and intelligent…never less than a pleasure” (USA TODAY).

In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover a tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. For that summer of 1944, the subterranean space becomes their “secret garden,” where the friends play games, tell their fortunes, and perform for each other.

Six decades later, construction workers make a grisly discovery beneath a house on the same land: a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the hands make national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their long ago days for a detective. Then the police investigation sputters, and the threads holding their friendship together begin to unravel. Is the truth buried amid the tangled relationships of these aging men and women and their memories? Will it emerge before it’s too late?

Stephen King says, “no one surpasses Ruth Rendell when it comes to stories of obsession, instability, and malignant coincidence.” In The Girl Next Door—“yet another gem” (The Washington Post)—Rendell brilliantly shows that the choices people make, and the emotions behind them, remain as potent in late life as they were in youth. “Rendell’s wit, always mordant, has never been sharper than when she skewers patronizing assumptions about the elderly” (Chicago Tribune).


  • TheGirlNextDoor 01 Title

    Duration: 35s
  • TheGirlNextDoor 02 Ch1

    Duration: 21min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 03 Ch2

    Duration: 32min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 04 Ch3

    Duration: 30min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 05 Ch4

    Duration: 14min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 06 Ch5

    Duration: 27min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 07 Ch6

    Duration: 22min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 08 Ch7

    Duration: 23min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 09 Ch8

    Duration: 32min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 10 Ch9

    Duration: 27min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 11 Ch10

    Duration: 13min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 12 Ch11

    Duration: 21min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 13 Ch12

    Duration: 24min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 14 Ch13

    Duration: 12min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 15 Ch14

    Duration: 14min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 16 Ch15

    Duration: 20min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 17 Ch16

    Duration: 20min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 18 Ch17

    Duration: 26min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 19 Ch18

    Duration: 12min
  • TheGirlNextDoor 20 Ch19

    Duration: 25min
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