Edition: First US printing.
New York: Shaye Areheart Books / Random House, (2005). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel of psychological suspense set mostly in the 1970s, but one where you find yourself really caring about the characters. "As soon as Kerstin Kvist arrives at remote, ivy-covered Lydstep Old Hall in Essex, she feels like a character in a gothic novel. A young nurse fresh out of school, Kerstin has been hired for a position with the Cosway family, residents of the Hall for generations. She is soon introduced to her 'charge,' John Cosway, a thirty-nine-year-old man whose strange behavior is vaguely explained by his mother and sisters as part of the madness that runs in the family." This novel also features a wonderful library - one which is literally a maze. SIGNED by the author (as Ruth Rendell) on a blank preliminary page. 341 pp. ISBN: 0-307237605.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.