The Water's Lovely
By Ruth Rendell
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307388018, 368pp.)
Publication Date: August 12, 2008
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When Ismay and Heather's stepfather was discovered dead in the bathtub nine years ago, the police concluded the drowning was an accident. But Ismay has always silently suspected that Heather might have had something to do with it. Now they're older and their lives seem to be moving happily forward. But when Heather becomes seriously involved with a man for the first time, Ismay's long-repressed memories can no longer be ignored. With painful inevitability, Ismay learns that she may not able to keep the dark truth hidden forever.
Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's 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.
- What was your impression of Ismay? Of Heather? Did you find them likable? How would you describe each girl?
“The queen of the psychological suspense novel. . . .This [is a] subtly horrifying story.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“An especially tricky and ingenious mystery. . . . Rich with parallels and shadows.”
—The New York Times
“The creepiest thing in Ruth Rendell's latest mystery, The Water's Lovely, isn't the murder . . . but the deep chill that can pervade human interactions.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Ruth Rendell, Britain's best, offers up another well-crafted tale of psychological suspense.”
—San Diego Union-Tribune
“Rendell is in absolute top form here. The Water's Lovely is as suspenseful as any crime novel she has written, but it also has the generous humanity of her best Inspector Wexford cases.”
—The Washington Post Book World