From the incomparable, award-winning Ruth Rendell "the grand dame of British crime fiction" (The Gazette) comes her latest psychological thriller.
When Stuart Font decides to throw a house-warming party in his new flat, he invites everyone in his building. The party will be one everyone remembers. But not for the right reasons....
Living opposite, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful Asian woman, christened Tigerlily by Stuart. As though from some strange urban fairytale, she emerges to exert a terrible spell on the occupants of Lichfield House.
©2011 Ruth Rendell (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
“Rendell marshals her large cast of vividly drawn characters with apparent ease, skewering their self-deception and satirizing their pursuit of self-gratification with great skill…. The result is a thrilling exercise.” (The Evening Standard, UK)
"Out of this spider's web of interwoven lives emerges... a beautifully disguised and manipulated surprise, set amid the jittery background of the restless city." (The Independent, UK)
but a good listen, nonetheless. I guess this would be Rendell's version of a village mystery. The cast of characters are the residents of a small road in North London, some living in houses, some in apartments. The point of view shifts from one character to another, all of whom see what they want to see, and act accordingly. There are various crimes, some exciting amateur sleuthing, and some classically comedic plot turns--not farce, just some genuinely pleasant things that happen. Generally well read by the narrator, except for one or two moments of over the top falsetto for the female characters. Very enjoyable.
It was truly funny. An ironic humor is an aspect of all of Rendell, but usually there's less of it than here. It's grisly, too, I guess, a little, but the characters are ALL adorably misguided, and there are mysteries, but they seem secondary to the story
Won't give anything away. No, no.
The old lady alcoholic, I can't remember her name.
It made me chuckle and grin.
At first I thought, "Oh, no! There are too many characters to keep track of in an audio book." There are 9 or ten. But the reader managed to convey who was being focussed on, and Rendell always, somehow, made each one distinct. I'm afraid if you leave long gaps between your listening intervals you might have trouble remembering who's who. That's why I didn't give the story five stars. It may not be easy for some listeners. But it is really absorbing, really fun.
I never read the print version but had no trouble at all following this audible version.
Shocked a bit by the nihilistic pessimism in the book. But I suppose that is the current state of affairs in the UK.
He has a an appealing voice and a clear speaking style.
Story is about character development in the contemporary, interwoven style; life as a never ending soap opera. My first book by Rendell and found it to be a good listen to distract one on a commuter train.
I have read most of her work already and always enjoyed the character and plotting and peeks at that British day-to-day stuff.
I could see the ending a mile off, but the characters were so fun I did not mind too much. It's one of those house party Agatha formulas, but this time it is an apartment building.
It could be one of those Masterpiece mysteries, In fact it might be better than the book since the characters would be the highlight.
Rendell is always a safe bet.
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