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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell (2004-10-07)
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However, in this particular novel, she has too many characters and, respectively, too many social issues/implications going on that do not always come together as planned. We have a gay MP that is relevied when he is forced to come out (social responsibiltry vs. personal freedom), his wife who is not necessarily a bad mother to her kids, but still really dumb (feminist ideas vs. traditional upbringing dilemmas); a couple with opposite eating disorders that somehow get cured abd their relationship with their friend who unvoluntarily implcates them in a crime (friednship and betrayal); and all of the above are not related too much to the mystery. I just felt that she has tried to put everything into a single book leaving a lot of the questions she raises unresolved...
This book, as was the last one I read, "The Birthday Present" a let down. After I finish the last of the Rendell's on my bookshelf, there will be no more. Ironically, it is the first she ever wrote.
Minty is the classic reclusive and eccentric Rendell character. Her life is limited by lack of opportunities and by her obsession with cleanliness,but when she meets Jock, she suddenly comes out of her shell and embraces love, sex and companionship for the first time in her life. But then she receives a letter saying that Jock has been killed. Her neighbours are skeptical but Minty withdraws further into herself and becomes more obsessive. She starts to suffer from vivid hallucinations and is convinced that Jock is haunting her.
Little does Minty know that another woman has received a similar mysterious letter - glamorous and bored Zillah is also notified that her husband Jerry has died, but she thinks he's just sending a signal that he doesn't want anything to do with her or their kids any more. So does this make her free to marry a wealthy politician? Can she say she is divorced, widowed or a former de facto if anybody asks? Zillah takes the plunge hoping nobody will ask.
And then there is Fiona, happily in love with Jeff Leigh and planning her June wedding, despite her neighbours' misgivings. None of these women know each other but they an unlikely bond that will entangle their lives in bizarre and heartbreaking ways...