Ruth Patchett never thought of herself as particularly devilish. Rather the opposite in fact simply a tall, not terribly attractive woman living a quiet life as a wife and mother in a respectable suburb. But when she discovers that her husband is having a passionate affair with the lovely romantic novelist Mary Fisher, she is so seized by envy that she becomes truly diabolic. Within weeks she has burnt down the family home, collected the insurance, made love to the local drunk and embarked on a course of destruction and revenge.
A blackly comic satire of the war of the sexes, LIFE AND LOVES OF A SHE DEVIL is the fantasy of the wronged woman made real.
A tour de force: a macabre, fast-moving moral fable - The Times
More audacious and striking in design than anything that has gone before . . . carried out with such dash and glitter - Times Literary Supplement
Rousing . . . The fun grows steadily blacker and wilder - Guardian
A savage, sadistic even, but beautifully and compellingly written satire - Sunday Express