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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me [Paperback]

Ruth Rendell
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3.0 out of 5 stars new ground May 21 2002
Yes, this latest by Ruth Rendell is breaking new ground for
her, and we can understand her interest in exploring new
territory, but this story doesn't have the tight plotting and
exciting mysteries of her famous Inspector Wexford series.
This one is more of a "psychological thriller" than mystery,
and it suffers by the exclusion of a mystery component.
An interesting story, but we have to hope the author returns
to her justly-famous mysteries and gives us another winner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Here are All the Lonely People April 4 2002
Ruth Rendell's Adam and Eve and Pinch Me has all the ingredients that have made her novels so compelling but, in this one, the parts do not make for as fulfilling a whole as one expects from such a skilled writer. There is the usual cast of fascinating (not likeable) characters with more than the usual assortment of compulsions and deceits driving them and the plot. At times, the quirks seem a little forced as even very minor characters are burdened with a glaring oddity or two, taking the heat from the major characters. The suspense is toned down to focus on the psychology and too much of the plot is telegraphed. A tighter, narrower focus on a lesser number of characters could have been more compelling. It is still a good read but not as good as one should expect from the author of the wonderful Wexford series, as well as her other delicious, weird mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful psychological thriller March 14 2002
I have always known the expression as Adam and Eve and Punch me, this is apparently the British equivalent. It is s a thrilling read.
We feel special to our mates, so it is a shock to discover an affair going on, the plot many writers use as a resort.
However, Ruth Rendell uses it as a recourse of a different colour. When Araminta Knox learns of the death of her ex, (is he really dead?) other women learn too that this dark-haired man, Jock Lewis, fits the description of a man they knew who fleeced them, a con, a thief, and about as suitable a partner as Bin Laden to your daughter.
Enter a ghost or two, one so scary Minty starts to carry a knife. She is obsessive, and hears voices. Rendell explores the psyche of her characters who reside in and around London, where a serial killer appears to be at gruesome work.
Throughout, this is a strong, suspenseful, psychological thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A page turner, but dissapointing March 6 2002
With her ususal excellent style and story telling skills, Ruth Rendell introduces us to a petty criminal and the effect he has on several of his victoms--lonely, vulnerable women. Somewhere in the middle of the novel, by an unfortunate (or fortunate) coincidence he meets his death in a moveie theater by the hand of a former victim. The second part is dedicated to the effect this deathhas on his victims. As usual in Rendell's novels, we are exposed to her much praised talent to draw in fine psycological detail her charcaters. Because of that, Rendell's novels carry some form of social significance that take them beyond the mystery level. And as usual, this book is a page turner.
However, in this particular novel, she has too many characters and, respectively, too many social issues/implications going on that do not always come together as planned. We have a gay MP that is relevied when he is forced to come out (social responsibiltry vs. personal freedom), his wife who is not necessarily a bad mother to her kids, but still really dumb (feminist ideas vs. traditional upbringing dilemmas); a couple with opposite eating disorders that somehow get cured abd their relationship with their friend who unvoluntarily implcates them in a crime (friednship and betrayal); and all of the above are not related too much to the mystery. I just felt that she has tried to put everything into a single book leaving a lot of the questions she raises unresolved...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rendell delivers the spades!! March 5 2002
ADAM AND EVEN AND PINCH ME by Ruth Rendell will likely be one of her very best books, and one of 2002's best books in ANY genre.
I have read all but a handful of her works over the past 10 years, and she continues to amaze me at the breadth of her talent.
Once again we have a cast of characters that could be, if you lived in jolly old London, your next door neighbors or your co-workers. Rendell's greatest gift in writing is drawing out not only the foibles, but also the deepest thoughts of these people as they go through their very mundane lives.
What makes the story so intricate and involving, is that the 3 main women characters, Zillah, Fiona and Minty (Araminta), are all from very different backgrounds, but are all looking for the same thing: a steady and romantic relationship with a man. The paths they tread and the consequences of their interactions with this one man brings forth completely different outcomes. There are too many twists and turns to describe here, and it would ruin the pleasure of wending your way through Rendell's web of deceit, unrequited love, and murder.
Suffice to say I was up into the wee hours with ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH ME. Superb: you'll be recommending this to everyone you know, believe me!
Is there a BBC adaptation in the works, perhaps? Let's hope so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With Rendell, it's always a Garden of Eden! March 4 2002
Certainly Ruth Rendell is ONE of the best writers around today, with wide-stretching parameters with character, plot development, intrigue, even brilliance. With "Adam and Eve and Pinch Me" she stays true to form--typically Rendellian in the sheer presentation of a psycho-drama.
Generally, she's shied away from "ghost writing," but this time she marches on stage with a psycho thriller that is almost impossible to put down. Ms Rendell is a master at this, as readers well know. She's able to take the commonplace and transcend these elements into something Beyond.
Her ability to capture completely the attention of her readers here is top form. However, it's not the type (nor ending!) that makes the reader cry for "more," but perhaps more like "uncle"! She's brilliant in this genre (her Inspector Wexford series is no slack either, by the way, but light years away in format and drama)....
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