Tigerlily's Orchids

Tigerlily's Orchids

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Is it dangerous to know too much about your neighbors? In Tigerlily's Orchids , Diamond Dagger Award-winning Ruth Rendell has written psychologically thrilling novel about the eccentric inhabitants of a London terrace--about the secrets they keep, and what they will do to hide them.

When Stuart Font decides to throw a housewarming party in his new flat, he invites all the people in his building--three flippant young girls, a lonely spinster, a man with a passion for classical history, and a woman determined to drink herself to death. After some deliberation, he even includes the unpleasant caretaker and his wife. He considered inviting a few other friends, but he definitely does not want his girlfriend, Claudia, in attendance, as he would also have to invite her lawyer husband. As it turns out, the party will be one everyone remembers.

Living in a townhouse opposite Stuart's building, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful Asian woman known as Tigerlily. As though from some strange urban fairytale, she emerges infrequently to exert a terrible spell. And Stuart's parents, always worried about their handsome, hopelessly naive, and undermotivated son, have even more cause for concern.

Darkly humorous, piercingly insightful about human behavior, Ruth Rendell, whom People magazine calls "one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation," has created an extraordinarily compelling story of our lives and crimes.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439150344
Branch Call Number: MF RENDELL
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 04, 2014

I really enjoyed this book but was disappointed to see some crude language in a Ruth Rendell book.

Jan 19, 2012

I was bored...

May 12, 2011

not bad,not her best.The story didn't get going for me till half way through

Jan 23, 2011

I got half way through this book and stopped. I was unable to feel anything for the characters, they seemed wooden and boring and there were way too many of them. The storyline was flat as well with writing that seemed to not whether it should be dark humour or deep human perceptions. My first Ruth Rendell book, she seems to have a great following so maybe I'll try another one just to see.

debwalker Jan 16, 2011

A snowy light in a suburb of London, and another psychological mystery from Rendell. As reviewed by Sheree-Lee Olson in the Globe & Mail: "A quietly sardonic study of life in one of London's cheaper outer suburbs, the novel deploys its characters to illustrate that, however much we think we know what's going on, we don't know the half."


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