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  • A young man refurbishes suburban homes, lives with his mother and sister, becomes obsessed with a garden nymph statue and then dangerously infatuated with its living lookalike. This relationship is emotional, erotic and vampiric, with him as the victim

  • Every sentence is appallingly, shockingly convincing . . . a memorably harrowing journey through sick and weak minds, written with a skill that makes it relentlessly gripping

    The Times
  • To read her at her best - and The Bridesmaid is perhaps her best book - is like stepping on to a trundling country bus and feeling it turn into a roller coaster

    Sunday Times
  • If Ruth Rendell were not slotted into the category of writer of mystery novels, she would have won the Booker long ago

    Books of the Year, Evening Standard
  • Ruth Rendell, like all the great creators of crime fiction, keeps her pact with the reader. There’s a murder mystery, there are clues, there is a solution. It’s a very satisfying read

    Giles Brandreth

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