Philip Wardman is disgusted by murder. He cannot tolerate violent films or the local news, and when his friends discuss such things he often leaves the room. At his sister’s wedding, Philip becomes infatuated with a strange, silver-haired woman named Senta Pelham. They sleep together after the reception, and Philip finds himself falling headfirst into obsessive, all-consuming love. He wants to marry Senta and live an ordinary life—but before they can, she has a murderous idea.
To prove the unconventionality of their love, Senta proposes that each of them commit a murder. Shocked by the idea, but unable to resist his beloved, Philip is drawn into a maze of violence and deceit—and is horrified to find that he feels quite at home.
“Subdued tones, stultifying atmosphere, and omniscient narration mark this telling depiction of mutual psychological obsession,” writes Library Journal. Ruth Rendell was one of the twentieth century’s finest thriller writers, and The Bridesmaid is one of her most chilling.
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About the Author
Edgar Award–winning author Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) has written more than seventy books that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (London), she is the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association. Rendell’s award-winning novels include A Demon in My View (1976), A Dark-Adapted Eye (1987), and King Solomon’s Carpet (1991). Her popular crime stories featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford were adapted into a long-running British television series (1987–2000) starring George Baker.
Edgar Award–winning author Ruth Rendell (b. 1930) has written more than seventy books and sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (London), she is the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association. Rendell’s award-winning novels include A Demon in My View (1976), A Dark-Adapted Eye (1987), and King Solomon’s Carpet (1991). Her popular crime stories featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford were adapted into a long-running British television series (1987–2000) starring George Baker.
Date of Birth:February 17, 1930
Place of Birth:London, England
Education:Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rendell does it again, giving us a perfect portrayal of madness and how people can end up trapped by circumstance and biology. What I like most about the way Rendell develops characters is that no one is completely one-sided. Sure, Philip is a bit of a dolt, but only a bit. In many ways he¿s a normal bloke just trying to get out from under his lower-middle class situation. He¿s got a decent, entry-level job and a close knit family. He¿s not inexperienced as far as women go, but he is inexperienced with real craziness. When Senta starts to say strange, unbelievable things, he treats her with skepticism as anyone would. Then when some things she says turn out to be true, he falls apart. His carefully constructed idea that her fantasies are harmless turns out to be just as illusory as her connection to reality.Philip¿s indecision and anguish over his circumstances is very palpable. He¿s confused and only wants to do right by everyone. There are some family crises simmering at the same time and those provide some supporting drama that adds to the feeling of coming apart. Work problems boil over a bit, too, and I really felt empathy for Philip¿s plight. We can see he¿s being played, but are still powerless to help. Not that many writers can pull this off.Again, the ending is more ambiguous than many thrillers. Ideas are muted, conclusions implied only, leaving the reader to put things together independently. Love that. She skillfully draws our eyes off the ball for long enough that when it smacks us in the head, we¿re stunned, but not really surprised. I had to go back and read some things over again just to make sure my final thoughts were justified. A well-done and memorable story.
This book just made me feel a bit queasy. Thank God it was only fiction! Seriously creepy, just a little bit weird, and once again Ruth Rendell delves into her book of weird character names.
As always, Ruth Rendell¿s books 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 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.