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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,535 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415939062
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When Ismay thinks of that terrible day, and she often does, she remembers Heather coming down the stairs—her dress wet, her face as still and white as a porcelain mask. Sometimes the memories return in a dream: climbing the stairs, following her dripping-wet sister to the upstairs bathroom—but when Heather opens the door they are standing in a marble chamber on the edge of a glassy lake. Ismay watches as a white thing floats toward them, its face submerged. She looks into the water and sees her stepfather Guy’s face, his lifeless, frightened eyes, staring up at her.

Now, nine years after Guy was found dead in the bathtub, she and Heather still live in their childhood home, and to this day the two sisters never talk about what happened. Although Ismay finds herself feeling intensely protective of her little sister and of the secret they share, their lives move placidly, even happily, forward. It seems as if the mysterious death of their stepfather is behind them. 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, the surprising truth will emerge whether Ismay wants it to or not.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 2/17/2014

    " It was okay. I've read other Rendells I liked better. The plot was predictable, but her characters were good, as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/15/2014

    " First book I've read by this mystery author, and I am looking forward to more. Intelligently and subtly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/11/2014

    " It was good. Up until the end, that is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " I haven't read many of Rendell's books, but this one I really enjoyed. It's a fascinating character study of a disturbed mother and her two daughters, and an event that occurred when the girls were teenagers that negatively impacted the rest of their lives. I only gave it three stars because I expected more of a mystery, and didn't get it. Which isn't Rendell's fault as much as it is the publishers, for making this look like such a mystery with that clearly mysterious cover! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/2/2014

    " I am a big fan of Ruth Rendell when she writes as Barbara Vine - those books are usually more dark psychological thrillers whereas her books as Rendell are usually more classic 'whodunits' like her Inspector Wexford series. However, this book read much more like a Vine novel to me. It focuses on the relationships between the characters and their motivations rather than the straight plot details. That being said it does have several mystery threads and a murder that isn't explained until the end and kept me wanting to read on to find out the details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 1/31/2014

    " My cup of tea. Off to find others by Barbara Vine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 1/18/2014

    " When I finished this book, I actually slammed it down and exclaimed, "This book was crap!!" Because it was. It focuses on a young woman who's convinced that her younger sister killed their stepfather when they were girls. As she frets over this, a cast of other characters all come into the story, leading to a bunch of totally unbelievable coincidences and interactions. The mystery's resolution is totally predictable, and the end of the book sucks hard. D. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayla | 1/17/2014

    " Very gripping read - story of Ismay and Heather and the mysterious death of their stepfather in a bath tub nearly 10 years ago. Start off thinking Heather is the nutty one, but interesting how your view changes as you realise she's the sensible one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/12/2014

    " Ruth Rendell does it again with her psychological suspense! I love the way she's able to weave the threads of so many characters together into a whole at the end, seamlessly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merelyn | 1/9/2014

    " Ruth Rendell delivers in this very suspenseful story. If you know Ms. Rendell, I need not say more. If you do not, this is a good place to start. Wow, I was shivering & cold as this story developed. SUSPENSE!! Good story ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgene | 1/7/2014

    " This was an engrossing book. I would have given it 4 stars but for the ending. HATED the ending. I much prefer a book where the "bad" characters get their comeuppance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 1/3/2014

    " A woman in love with a complete asshole with no redeeming qualities is at the center of the plot, which leaves me cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Howarth-Salazar | 12/30/2013

    " The storyline of The Water's Lovely is twisted and tangly, in typical Ruth Rendell psychological thriller fashion. There are many tense passages that have stayed in my imagination. I even found that my GCSE students wanted to know the story once they had read the opening - and that's some recommendation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 YiShun | 12/28/2013

    " really nice, with thoughtfully drawn characters. Typically Ruth Rendell. Need some more Wexford now; he's considerably more redeeming than her characters in the non-Wexford novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/17/2013

    " Ruth Rendell is a mystery writer that sure does an excellent job of capturing the quirky side of evil in her characters. The good aren't totally good and the bad aren't totally bad. Odd stories. Strange coincidences. And not always a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/16/2013

    " Rendell uses the unreliable narrator to great success here, and the characters in this work are vivid and well crafted. I read this in two or three sittings: I found it enjoyable, if not as gripping as some of the other Ruth Rendell or Barbara Vines. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 12/10/2013

    " I thought this was going to be boring at first, it's set fairly recently but the writing doesn't lend to that. So many twists and turns, macabre humor and tone, I thought it was wonderful and not one of those predictable "happily ever after" books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/10/2013

    " In my recent review of End in Tears, I remarked that Rendell seemed to be getting a little sentimental. Well, the pendulum has swung the other way on this book...she's back to creating tragic outcomes for her characters, and I, for one, am delighted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/26/2013

    " A very strange book with an even stranger ending. I enjoyed it but there were some parts that were rather disjointed. Odd very odd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/22/2013

    " Good story, though not one of Rendell's best... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Boothroyd | 9/8/2013

    " It went on a bit, but an interesting story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 8/22/2013

    " It was a book about some very excentric British people. Very wierd. I got through about 100 pages and gave up. I read some of the ending and it seemed to go on and on and on. Not worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cher | 8/13/2013

    " Too much drama and just reminded me of relationships of junior high students. Story was just ok but honestly was time I could have been reading something more exciting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayla | 8/3/2013

    " Very gripping read - story of Ismay and Heather and the mysterious death of their stepfather in a bath tub nearly 10 years ago. Start off thinking Heather is the nutty one, but interesting how your view changes as you realise she's the sensible one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nona | 7/29/2013

    " Not as good as other Ruth Rendell books, but would still definitely recommend. Characters are real. Themes of father-daughter relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/8/2013

    " In my recent review of End in Tears, I remarked that Rendell seemed to be getting a little sentimental. Well, the pendulum has swung the other way on this book...she's back to creating tragic outcomes for her characters, and I, for one, am delighted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 7/7/2013

    " What a terribly disappointing ending. It just didn't seem to fit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 6/11/2013

    " Very suspenful. Quick read. Caught my attention immediately. Most chapters start out with a diaglogue and you dont know who's talking until a paragragh or two down which I really didnt like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/28/2013

    " Great story, interesting exploration of how one decision can affect people throughout their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babybrie | 5/22/2013

    " it's not one of her best, but she's still very good. there's not much in the way of plot, and the story unfolds slowly. but in the end it was satisfying, even though it's not one of those "everyone lived happily ever after" endings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chasity | 5/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, the characters were well written and very real. But like many others have said, the end fell flat and seemed disconnected from the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 4/11/2013

    " This book was a tedious waste of time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 3/11/2013

    " A disappointing Ruth Rendell novel, especially the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ML | 2/21/2013

    " I love Ruth Rendall's books, but this one was a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jebofinn | 2/18/2013

    " I just love how at the end of a book you finally get the title! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 2/11/2013

    " Was not expecting that ending. Ruth Rendell books always make me hold my breath, and this was no exception. Great travel reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/30/2013

    " This author Rocks. Can't wait to read some more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael (iiluvmygirlz) | 11/17/2012

    " This book was okay, not great. I found some of the main characters to be very aggravating, but I did like the way that the characters stories were intertwined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/12/2012

    " This great mystery novelist writes a non-mystery and it is GREAT. Actually, there is a bit of a mystery but that's the least of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 9/21/2012

    " This is one of Rendell's best. The characters and settings are well-drawn, and there's a good deal of humor along with the suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 allison | 2/2/2012

    " Not really a psychological thriller, more like a psychological meditation. I kept wanting to know what would happne next, but when I got to the end, I couldn't help feeling that very little had actually happened. All suspense and no payoff--the suspense was enjoyable, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 1/5/2012

    " I like practically everything that Rendell writes...though this book is not long on actual mystery as usually is the case...her ability to tell a story and keep the pages turning none the less make it a exquisite read in my book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poppy Hall | 10/19/2011

    " this was an interesting book, but not one of her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alejandra | 8/18/2011

    " Quite slow pace, not very easy to get into. Well written, but a bit disappointing as suspense goes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 4/12/2011

    " It was good. Up until the end, that is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/13/2011

    " With a cast of nearly universally unlikeable characters and a plot that fizzles like a spent fuse toward the end, this is surely not Rendell's best. But even a mediocre Rendell has its pleasures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 2/10/2011

    " I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I will be reading more Ruth Rendell! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamesgcampbell | 11/29/2010

    " Not the best Ruth Rendell but even that means very good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 10/28/2010

    " This was my first book by Ruth Rendell and according to the reviews, this book was below average. I enjoyed the story, but was disappointed with the ending. Anxious to try another book and see if there is more of a conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 10/10/2010

    " One of my favorite English authors. Interesting story - did her sister kill their stepfather years ago? Ending was a surprising twist. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) wrote more than sixty novels in a career spanning fifty years. She won numerous awards for her writing, including three Edgars—the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America—as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. She was also the winner of the MWA Grand Master Award. A longtime member of the House of Lords, she lived in London.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.