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The Bridesmaid: A Novel of Suspense Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Paperback
Ruth Rendell's books always pack a punch. Or several. And in "The Bridesmaid," Rendell stays true to form, basically. While most Rendell fans recognize her as the author of the fascinating Inspector Wexford series, she also writes other thrillers. She also writes even chillier thrillers under the name of Barbara Vine. Regardless of which nom de plume she uses, it is difficult to find a writer who can explore--even reveal--the psychological pathways with the effectiveness of she demonstrates.
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)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of Rendell's greatest gifts is her ability to show what happens when a normal person crosses paths with a sociopath. The hero has no idea what he's met up with because he's too decent to think that way; he and his girlfriend talk past each other in the most chilling way. It's like watching a slow-motion train wreck.
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!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Say that you meet a beautiful woman, one thing leads to another, and you find yourself in bed with her quite often. OK, not quite often, but daily. How do you feel about her when passion has been satisfied? Well for one thing the leading lady in this book doesn't always tell the truth, and she seems to have an advanced degree in New Age Speak. She lives in a London slum basement that hasn't been cleaned since Charles Dickens died. Senta also suffers from agoraphobia (actually the least of her mental aberrations), and she gets most of her nutrition from wine and chocolates. Enter Phillip who settles down with her in this squalor, and being that he works as an interior decorator he at least feels obliged to nudge her into changing the sheets every three weeks or so.
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.
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THE BRIDESMAID is, as book reviewers would say, "a compulsive read." It tells the story of Philip Wardman, a young man who falls in love with the intriguing Senta Pelham, who leads them both into a dangerous game: to prove their love for each other, they must both commit a murder for the other person.
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.
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By LisaFrag on November 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was typical disturbing Rendell stuff. It kept my interest, but was not as good as some of her other work. She does tend to weave the various bits of the story together, but predictably; no surprises. The end of this was disappointing... it could have been much more dramatic. It was probably too realistic and that is why people didn't like it! The only other thing I did not like is that she really stresses Philip's (main character) aversion to violence, making it sound almost pathological. With this in mind, he does not seem bothered enough by Senta's talk of killing. Someone as sensitive as Philip would have to be wholly turned off by her deranged talk.
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