Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell
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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.
 

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 June 14, 2011 by Scribner. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Olwen Curtis has chosen never to look beyond the next bottle of gin, and caretaker Wally Scurlock has given himself up to a single all-consuming passion.

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Rendell's spare, sleek novel of psychological suspense gets off to a slow start, then picks up speed to become vintage Rendell, not the powerhouse of the 1990s but with enough plot petrol to blow most American authors out of the water.

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Book Reporter

What starts off as an apparently straightforward portrait of a London apartment building quickly grows seriously creepy, as you realize --- even before you really know it --- that terrible things are going to happen to one, or some, or maybe all of these people.

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Molly imagines that Stuart will eventually see past her physical unattractiveness to her warm domestic heart.

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Independent.ie

and a vain and naïve young man in Number 1, Stuart Font.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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...

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But her unwavering eye for detail and characters' flaws makes it a book worth persevering with – despite a slightly erratically-paced reading by Nickolas Grace who alternates between languidly off-hand and sounding like he's calling home the runners in the Derby.

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