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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 14, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CL9UUS
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The Bridesmaid: A Novel of Suspense Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Philip Wardman, destined it seems, meets the mysterious Senta Pelham, an actress, most childlike, at Philip's sister's wedding. Theirs is a relationship that is made in you-know-where. Senta's affections do not come without a price. To "prove" their love, she insists that each of them must kill someone. Not your everyday pre-nuptial agreement, to be sure, and certainly not a characteristic of the genteel English society circles they live in!
Certainly, "The Bridesmaid" is a disturbing work and Rendell sees to it that the reader is not comfortable with the situation. The author's craft and technique are clearly demonstrated here and reverberate with a force that is both chilling and sensational. Queasy too. An uncomfortable--yet powerful--read. (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
I couldn't disagree more with the reviewer who says the ending is dull and disappointing; it's the most dramatic and horrifying ending I've ever read. The last three pages are a tour de force of writing; it just doesn't get any better. "They [the police] would come for this, though. They'd come for this." Gives me chills every time!
Do yourself a favor--read it!
Truly I have never met a man whose brains have sagged so far below his belt buckle. I have also never met someone who is able to rationalize a physical infatuation quite like this simple soul. To say that his friend Senta inhabits a dark world is like saying that Satan has a few bad habits.
All in all it's a quite interesting Ruth Rendell tale, and I found it to have a most satisfying ending, although, depraved anthropoid that I am, I kept hoping that constantly deluded Phillip would eventually meet an untimely end by having his head mushed in a garbage disposal. Good book.
The events unfold at a slow and leisurely pace; at first, this appears to be a fairly simple and straightforward story. But Rendell, mistress of construction that she is, has laced it with elaborate red herrings. The pace quickens as the plot skillfully twists and turns.
As usual, the characterizations are excellent, vivid and at times frightening, though the author retains a deep sense of warmth for all of them. Rendell's stately, elegant prose is a sheer pleasure to read, drawing the reader's attention and curiosity naturally forward.
Up until the very last chapter, THE BRIDESMAID is vintage Rendell. The epilogue is something of a disappointment, unfortunately. Absent is the exciting, thrilling climax that the story seems to be building up to. Instead, the novel just seems to end without any interesting resolution, leaving the reader unsatisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good. Another excellent work by this exceptional auteur. I am always amazed at the multiple story lines and character development in all of her works.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Here Rendell presents us with two of her most astounding characters and their psychological entanglement which passes for a love affair- a union doomed by misunderstanding, madness... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Woden1ragnar2
They say love is blind, and it certainly can make you blind to reality. And love at first sight sometimes seems to knock the sense out of you. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Linda Umstead
This book will sweep you away on a journey of suspense. The author gives us a mounting sense of tension & a look into the mind of a psychopathic killer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mieleoffski
Don't let the title fool you. A walk on the dark side. One of those you have to rewrite the ending in your head to sleep night.Published 16 months ago by Geraldine Adamson
The qwirky , bizaar psyclogical tale is fascinating reading in a very realistic, London setting.Published 17 months ago by Farnum-Badley Joy
Ruth Rendell does an incredible job of detailing, bit by careful bit, how one can slide into a situation that would seem impossible in advance. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dereka Smith
Adorable story, cute characters, some mystery, good sense of humor. Fairly good romance with a spy subplot. I'd read another by this author.Published 23 months ago by AB