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 who flagrantly disdains the morals of society and passionately desires the elusive Philip. But what is the real reason for her obsessive devotion? Most important, will their flesh-and-blood relationship require a murder to prove it is the real thing?
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The latest crime thriller from the author of "A Demon in My View", "Fatal Inversion" and many other novels charts the explosive events following a man's affair with one of his sister's bridesmaids. Philip's aversion to violence in any form leads indirectly to murder and overwhelming horror.From the Publisher:
"The finest living practitioner of the mystery genre."- Daily News, New York
"Ms. Rendell is a diabolically subtle writer."-The New York Times Book Review
"Superior crime writing by one of the best in the world."-The Ottawa Citizen
"The bridesmaid is by far the most successful book of it kind--the sensation novel--that I have read in many years."-Robertson Davies
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Book Description Leopard Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99279444