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I am a big fan of Ruth Rendell, and can only hope that she wrote this book with tongue firmly in cheek.
The book revolves around the residents of a block of flats, and the people living in the houses opposite.
The book is populated by bizarre characters exaggerated beyond the point of credulity, and yet painted so thinly they cast no shadow: A richkid wanabe playboy who isn't rich enough or playboyish enough, a fashion journalist who is too shallow even to be a fashion journalist, an alcoholic who has adopted alcoholism as a way of life, a people watching old man who dreams up lives for the people he watches and is always wrong, and the list goes on. Then there is Tigerlily herself, who, despite the description you'll read on this site, casts no particular spell, terrible or otherwise, apart from a mild one over the main protagonist, and is more peripheral to the book than the description would have you believe.
When the murder does occur, the police investigation proceeds remarkably smoothly and the book limps its way to an unremarkable conclusion.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I found this book predictable and iritating. The characters were single dimentional and the plot strained. The product plugs jarred. Don't bother.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful