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Summary

Philip Wardman had more than just the ordinary squeamishness where death was concerned. Yet he could hardly avoid the suspicious disappearance of his sister's friend Rebecca Neave, especially when everyone was ascribing the cause to murder. Philip's feminine ideal is the statue of the Roman goddess Flora in his mother's garden. His marble Flora doesn't fade, doesn't alter, and doesn’t die. But then he meets Senta Pelham, a beautiful, sensual, childlike actress who flagrantly disdains the morals of society and passionately desires the elusive Philip who thinks he has found true love. But darker forces are at work, and Senta is led to propose that Philip prove his love by committing murder.

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"Vintage Rendell. Shrewd psychological insight, irresistible narrative force...a true member of that small family of great living authors." (Scott Turow)

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Very scary and shocking!

Outstanding story, one of Ruth Rendell's best. Enjoyed William Gaminara's narration (I usually prefer women narrating but his voice is somehow just right for the story.)



Philip is a very likable young man who falls for Senta, his sister's bridesmaid. You sense almost from the beginning that there is something 'not quite right' about her, and as the story develops this becomes more and more clear!





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Rendell at her finest

Once again the genius which was Rendell has produced a other gripping tale of suspense which will entrall all fans of the psychological thriller genre. The novel centres around Philip, a man in his early 20s who lives in Cricklewood, London, with his widowed mother and two sisters. When one of his siblings, Fee, marries, he becomes obsessed by one of her bridesmaids, the beautiful, albeit mysterious Senta. There is also an ongoing case of a missing local girl.

I loved the story and the narrator, William Gaminara was truly excellent, with clear diction and a good grasp of emotion.

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good story and, narration

narrator was, great, story was good too but the author should have taken a, little more time to make the ending more better than she did.
we already, knew, how, it was going to end but the finishing was, just too flat.

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Not one of her best …

Slow going as a rather predictable story, but the narration was oddly too fast - I put it down to 0.9 which was better. The ending seemed oddly sudden, as if the author had been glad to get it over with - a sentiment I shared.

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Don’t bother listening

I didn’t enjoy this book. Too far fetched in many respects and at poor storyline.

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A bit slow and rambling

I’ve recently been listening to a raft of the authors novels and, although all are worth listening to, some are better than others. I rate this as one of the less memorable. The story progresses slowly, is not particularly engaging and is a bit repetitive. The characters are typically a bit weird and psychologically unusual. None elicit sympathy. I found the narration too hurried and lacking in variation so the characters don't come to life.

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Interesting but slow

I love Rendell's marginalised characters and how they build and interact, but this story dragged a little for me.

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better than the book

this was an exceptional story and the narration was superb. really evoked the atmosphere which grows more menacing as it progresses

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Much too fast

Rather overlong and repetitive but gripping in parts. The hero is slow on the uptake which is frustrating.

But my main problem was the speed of narration. It was way too fast. Ok slowed to .75 but then sounded like Roger Allam! Gave up in the end.