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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Rosalyn Lando Publisher: Penguin 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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