Certainly better than her last two The Chimney Sweepers Boy and The Grasshopper, two very disappointing books from the grand master of suspense. I agree with the previous reviewer who said Rendell has not been as good as her early/middle masterpieces, please read those!! This one had a good novella, High Mysterious Union, that truly a page turner, and Catamount was excellent in its eeriness of atmosphere, and a punchy ending, but The Wink was horrible, (and very unsatisfying in the revenge department, to say the least) as was Walters Leg, ditto. the first story was good in some places, but I agree with the previous reviewer again, I thought it would move beyond the tyranical mother/abused son motif to show a writer taking revenge on a reader with either or both being a little off the wall, as in all the best Rendell stories, and with a lot more plot twists involved. I felt this story kind of limped along for many more pages than it needed to. But all things considered it's not a bad volume of her stories and The Professional is very good, as is The Exchange. So its a mixed bag, but worth reading certainly.