Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell

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Minty’s boyfriend, Jock, was killed in the disastrous train wreck at Paddington, shortly after he borrowed all her savings. Now he has come back to haunt her. Zillah lost her estranged husband, Jerry, in that same accident. She is not convinced he is actually dead, but for reasons of her own decides not to pursue the matter. Fiona’s fiancé, Jeff, has simply disappeared–quite inexplicably since she was supporting him in style.

In her ingeniously unnerving new novel, Ruth Rendell deftly traces the connections among these women–and between them a series of vicious stabbings terrifying London. Adam and Eve and Pinch Me is a masterpiece of malice and psychological suspense.


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About Ruth Rendell

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Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, four Gold Daggers, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than forty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"Something of a coincidence, she thought, that one of the murder victims had died within a stone's throw of where the other victim's girlfriend - or one of them - lived."

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Yet it is not him but Minty - in all her exacting peculiarity - who comes to life.

Aug 24 2002 | Read Full Review of Adam and Eve and Pinch Me

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My only quibble with the book is that the bewilderingly exotic names Rendell has given some of the main characters - Minty (short for Araminta), Zillah, Sonovia and Laf (short for Lafcadio) - get in the way of their characterisations.

Aug 19 2001 | Read Full Review of Adam and Eve and Pinch Me

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In 18th-century novels, characters like Tom Jones and Humphrey Clinker may have roamed the nation, but they were not shaped by the places from which they came.

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There are three central characters in this novel - all misguided and conned women.

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Minty knew it was a ghost sitting in the chair because she was frightened.

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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell 375pp, Hutchinson, £16.99 Misfits, the maladjusted, the lonely and the disillusioned turn up with alarming regularity in Ruth Rendell's novels, and suggest that their creator is far from confident in contemporary society's ability either to assimilate ...

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She is equally tormented by the ghosts she imagines, her domineering "Auntie" and the man who took her virginity.

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''Creepy'' and ''eerie'' tend to be understated descriptives when it comes to Rendell's novels, and her latest is no exception.

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