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.
“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)
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Not as grimly creepy as many other Rendell titles
- Kathleen Rogers
TERRIFIC Rendell, but lots of characters
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.