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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me Paperback – January 14, 2003
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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me is no whodunit: the murderer is known from the outset. The suspense arises from the uncertainty of whether justice will be served. That deftly handled angle draws the reader into the book, while Ruth Rendell's famously acute insight into all forms of borderline madness makes it all so believably chilling. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Personally, i believe that every sane person should read this book. Rendell is a stunning writer, and the way she mixes contemporay issues and events into the storyline makes the book so realistic, and so so chilling. The way she makes references to recent films, newscasters, and a whole other variety of real things which have actually happened is superb. She mixes sharp bits of non-fiction into thickly plotted fiction, and it comes out as more realistic than it might have been had she not.
The plot to this one is the best one she has come up with yet. i shan't just give a synopsis of it like some reviews do, i really don't need to read a synopsis of a book when i'm trying to find a review, so i'm sur eyou don't either. But just rest assure,s the plot here is a cracker.
She weaves brilliantly the supernatural themes into that of the real life psychology, and it works oh so well. IF she were a lesser writing, the supernatural and the detective side of it would both cancel each other out, but here she mixes each side with great sucess, creating a psychologically gripping novel which you just cannot put down.
Rendell is the only writer who can ever really chill/disturb me. Her psychology is so accurate, and the weird disturbed characters made to seem to real. It is frightening to think that people like that could really be living next door to you, living in your street, on your train as you go to work, on the bus with you, in the cinema with you, in the supermarket with you, ahead of you in the queue. That is yet another of her major strengths.Read more ›
"Adam and Eve and Pinch Me" tells the tale of "Jock Lewis"-also known by several other aliases-who charms various women into believing he is their one and only. And he does this all at the same time. His victims include Fiona, a hardworking merchant banker; Natalie, a sharp journalist; Zillah, the mother of his two children and the only one who is totally on to him (and also his legal wife); and most memorably, Minty, an obsessive compulsive woman who works in a dry cleaning store. Various other sharply drawn characters surround the main ones including Fiona's married neighbors, an anorexic man and his obese wife.
The book focuses on the disappearance-and reappearance-of Jock and his subsequent murder. In many ways, despite his ne'er to do ways, he seems the most stable individual in the entire book. Much of "Adam and Eve and Pinch Me" is spent on the impact of his behavior on those around him and the choices these individuals are forced to make (Zillah, for instance, enters into a bigamous marriage with a gay politician to support her children.)
I recommend this book for those individuals who are fans of Rendell's and the English mystery genre. I caution readers that this is not your typical "Who dunnit?"--in many ways it is a "Why did he or she do it and who else could have?"
We feel special to our mates, so it is a shock to discover an affair going on, the plot many writers use as a resort.
However, Ruth Rendell uses it as a recourse of a different colour. When Araminta Knox learns of the death of her ex, (is he really dead?) other women learn too that this dark-haired man, Jock Lewis, fits the description of a man they knew who fleeced them, a con, a thief, and about as suitable a partner as Bin Laden to your daughter.
Enter a ghost or two, one so scary Minty starts to carry a knife. She is obsessive, and hears voices. Rendell explores the psyche of her characters who reside in and around London, where a serial killer appears to be at gruesome work.
Throughout, this is a strong, suspenseful, psychological thriller.
She describes contemporary life excellently, and she draws her characters perfectly. Their downright weirdness is entirely realistic, which comes as a surprise, and a pleasure, as many authors are not able to write authentically and realisticaly about the kinds of characters that Rendell does.
The plot is complex, and at the end she draws all the strands tightly together with the ability of the seasoned and consumate professional that she is. It's a thrilling and entirely suspenseful book, the type of suspense that only Rendell seems capable of creating, via the slow yet enthralling unravelling of her plots. The addition of aspects of the supernatural into the plot only add another layer of chilliness and strangeness to this brilliant book. The mystery and supernatural threads compliment each other incredibly well. The climax is understated and shocking, leaving us, as do all the best books, wanting to know more about the characters and what is to happen to them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like many of Ruth Rendell's earlier novels this one is a superb psychological thriller. The reader follows each character's life as it unfolds, not knowing how these characters... Read morePublished 7 months ago by RNolen
On a positive note I have to say I could not put it down. I want to say first it was a shock to learn of her passing and that we will never again have the style of psycholgical... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marilyn M Mendoza
I hadn't read anything by Ruth Rendell for a few years, but read many books by her, and her pseudonym-counterpart Barbara Vine, once upon a time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sensible Cat Rescuer
Rendell has a gift for drawing tragically eccentric characters and Minty is flawlessly flawed, with her entire life history drawing her inevitably to a tragic conclusion. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kirsten
Per usual, Rendell does not disappoint–her insight into human psychology is always finely wrought. It was interesting to see the world through the eyes of a very disturbed young... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Victoria Craven
I think this book had an interesting plot ad it was clever how Rendell wove all the threads together to link the characters to one another. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ahammerquilts
Ruth Rendall's talent for creating fascinating characters has never been put to better use. You have such a clear picture of this OCD sufferer's once tidy little life, now gone... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Jacqueline Burke
I never would have guessed the ending. It was a grate book. The trouble with Ruth's books is that I can't put them down and my work does not get done around the house.Published on August 15, 2013 by Carolyn W. Vines