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The Water's Lovely


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ISBN13: 9780307381361
ISBN10: 0307381366
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The award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler brings 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 Heathers 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, “Dont look!”

The dead man was Ismays 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.


"Ruth Rendell is dangerous. When she's at her best, you find yourself risking mayhem — turning pages while walking blindly around furniture or reading in the car at traffic lights until the honking begins. My copy of her new novel, 'The Water's Lovely,' wound up dog-eared, underlined and coffee-stained. Can a book earn a higher compliment than looking read to death?

At 77, Rendell... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)


From the award-winning author of "The Babes in the Wood" and "The Rottweiler" comes another terrifically paced, richly drawn novel of suspense and psychological intrigue.

About the Author

Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for 1976s best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary Award, as well as the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

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Jean MacDonald, November 11, 2007 (view all comments by Jean MacDonald)
This is a classic Ruth Rendell tale. She is a connoisseur of the banality of evil and has deft hand with a wide-ranging cast of characters. Each one is in some sense the villain of the piece, and Rendell keeps us guessing until the end.
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Rendell, Ruth
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Drowning victims.
Mystery fiction
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