The Water's Lovely

The Water's Lovely

Book - 2006
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The award-winning author ofThe Babes in the WoodandThe Rottweilerbrings us another terrifically paced, richly drawn novel of suspense and psychological intrigue. Weeks went by when Ismay never thought of it at all. Then something would bring it back or it would return in a dream. The dream always began in the same way. She and her mother would be climbing the stairs, following Heather's lead through the bedroom to what was on the other side, not a bathroom in the dream but a chamber floored and walled in marble. In the middle of it was a glassy lake. The white thing in the water floated towards her, its face submerged, and her mother said, absurdly, "Don't look!" The dead man was Ismay's stepfather, Guy. Now, nine years on, she and her sister, Heather, still live in the same house in Clapham. But it has been divided into two self-contained flats. Their mother had lived upstairs with her sister, Pamela. And the bathroom, where Guy had drowned, had disappeared. Ismay worked in public relations, and Heather in catering. They got on well. They always had. They never discussed the changes to the house, still less what had happened that August day. . . But even lives as private as these, where secrets hang in the air like dust, intertwine with other worlds and other individuals. And, with painful inevitability, the truth will emerge.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2006
ISBN: 9780385662697
0385662696
Branch Call Number: M REN
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,24 cm

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readerpat
Oct 20, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and a surprise ending.

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mudflapflossy
May 16, 2012

My second Ruth Rendell novel, I’m absolutely blown away by this writer! I love her great characterizations; Marion Melville in particular is a vicious piece of work, totally despicable. The vulnerable people at the heart of this taut and enticing story are the Sealand family, particularly Heather who's assumed to have drowned her unsavory stepfather Guy in the bath. Characters include the above mentioned Marion Melville, who cozies up to the lonely and aged in hopes of inheriting their property after she's poisoned them, and Marion's dumpster-diving brother Fowle. Rendell throws in subplots including desperate romances & a killer lurking through London’s parks. Lots of plot twists, a total page turner masterfully written. Loved it!

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S_Mike
Jul 09, 2011

This book took long for me to read. I could barely find which way it was going to flow. Some people like reading like that i guess. However, the story was interesting enough to keep me interested in how it was going to turn out.

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KarenW
Nov 29, 2010

Ismay still dreams of finding her stepfather drowned in their bathtub and her sister standing over him. Years later she is still living in the same house trying to rid herself of her nightmares. And her sister seems to be none the worse for wear after the experience - did the sister do it? What truths lie beneath the surface make for a fascinating read.

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