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Red Bride

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When John met Ixora it was love at first sight. Here was the woman of his dreams, and he wanted her. After a whirlwind romance, a marriage is planned, but not before John gets a glimpse of Ixora's darker side. Too late, he can only descend into desperation, with almost no chance of survival.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Roc
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Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I was sure I had a good list of suspects for what seemed a rather average mystery, for Christopher Fowler anyway. Of course, his average is far above many other's best, but I figured "older novel, not quite a polished as his later." I was wrong. He had been showing me indirectly exactly who the killer was, but I kept denying it to myself - it just couldn't be *that* character. I liked the person, and there were many other characters I wanted to see as the murderer. And even when the big reveal ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
The synopsis sounded promising, but Fowler succeeded a little too well at creating an absolutely ordinary protagonist: the guy is so boring I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to him. Something is not working in a book when you've just read a gruesome murder scene and left the protagonist enthralled by a stunning, mysterious woman - and then forget to read on and the book gathers dust for over a week.

For readers who have the ambition to read everything by their favourite author,
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is an early novel of the author's and it has some early novel issues. That said it has obviously been worked over and well researched. It was clearly conceived to be a "novel" and has been worked over and carefully structured. For me it has more density and detail than I believe is required and this tends to halter the narrative's forward motion. Also, it is character loaded, which requires a bit of calling up and slows the narrative race to the end of the book.
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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Christopher Fowler's books have always been pretty difficult to get hold of. When I first started reading his work, I found that Amazon and Waterstones were always the best places to find his past novels. This twin-pronged attack served me well until I only had one of his novels left to find, an early book titled "Red Bride". I'd virtually given up finding a copy as it was out of print, and even the author himself describes it as "virtually impossible to find anywhere"

That was until it was
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of his best novels,but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
Andrew Nick
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Not generally my kind of book, story-wise, but really well-written, and up to Christopher Fowler's usual high standards. His love affair with London shines through.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Slow and uninteresting.
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Christopher Fowler is an English novelist living in London, his books contain elements of black comedy, anxiety and social satire. As well as novels, he writes short stories, scripts, press articles and reviews.

He lives in King's Cross, on the Battlebridge Basin, and chooses London as the backdrop of many of his

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