Saturday, 31 December 2011

Armchair Novel Review: Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell

Tigerlily's Orchids
by Ruth Rendell

Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover

This is my favourite Ruth Rendell book so far. 

There is a mystery, deep in the heart of the book, but more than that it is a fascinating tapestry of people and events and an illustration of how each affect each other. 

The residents of Lichtfield House are all invited to a party at the flat of Stuart Font, a beautiful but clueless young man who has taken a year off to find himself. Instead he has found himself in an affair with a married woman, soon to be replaced with a fascination with the mysterious and entrancing Asian waif across the street. 

Complications arise from the associations between the neighbours, in this complex and humourous web of cause and effect. 

I couldn't put it down.