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The Birthday Present
The Birthday Present
Author: Barbara Vine
Ivor Tesham is a handsome, single, young member of Parliament whose political star is on the rise. When he meets a woman in a chance encounter -- a beautiful, leggy, married woman named Hebe -- the two become lovers obsessed with their trysts, spiced up by what the newspapers like to call "adventure sex." — It's the dress-up and rol...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780307451989
ISBN-10: 0307451984
Publication Date: 3/10/2009
Pages: 336
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.

2.6 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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my2luvsemmyandmally avatar reviewed The Birthday Present on + 758 more book reviews
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I absolutely agree with reviewer, Marianne S.......I just have a real hard time getting into books set in England.....they always SOUND so good like this storyline did, but I was so bored from the onset & did not care to even read any further than a few pages!
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evelyn0309 avatar reviewed The Birthday Present on + 84 more book reviews
Another great thriller by the masterful Ruth Rendell, writing The Birthday Present as Barbara Vine. She tells you most of the facts in the first several chapters and then deliciously unfolds the story. Rendell has keen insight into the human psyche and a wealth of knowledge on British politics and society. She uses both to tell this contemporary tale of sexuality, paranoia, and life's twists and turns.

A good read all around!
sfc95 avatar reviewed The Birthday Present on + 686 more book reviews
I do not like novels set in current day England. I do not know why, but every time I pick one up it seems to bore me the minute it is in my hand, and this is no exception. I did not finish this book, to me the writing was unclear, I couldn't keep characters straight and just did care to reread parts to see who was who. I sat on the wish list for a long time here and then got it at the library, so I am not swapping it, but unless you really like this author (I also have never read any of her works) I wouldn't call it a thriller that you can't put down, because I certainly did and have no desire to pick it up again or anything from this author.


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