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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 Lando Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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