The Bridesmaid Paperback
by Ruth Rendell
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, doesn't die.
But then he meets Senta Pelham, a beautiful, sensual, childlike actress and a living incarnation of the statue.
The two embark on a passionate affair that soon becomes dangerous when Senta sets Philip a test; to prove their love, they must each commit murder.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/04/1990
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099681809
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Review by blockbuster1994
The Bridesmaid is a smart, original tale of madness as experienced through Phillip, a rather lack-luster young man with aimless ambition and no real life until he connects with Senta, who is quite obsessive, compulsive and (entertainingly) insane.Ruth Rendell is splendid at making a complete story where the front of the story completes the end. All the tribulations of the characters are interwoven, much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. There are no real surprises sprung out during the novel, but I am much more interested in the authenticity of the situation; it certainly feels real to me.