The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell

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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.

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About Ruth Rendell

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Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, four Gold Daggers, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than forty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
Published August 12, 2008 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Ismay’s unwisely taped reminiscences of her stepfather’s death entangle the sisters with a crew ranging from a retired police inspector to an ingratiatingly murderous companion to the West End Werewolf.

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“The Water’s Lovely,” an especially tricky and ingenious mystery from Ruth Rendell, begins in a two-apartment house in London.

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Book Reporter

Pamela and Beatrix reside in the upstairs flat, while Ismay and Heather, Beatrix's daughters, are downstairs.

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Entertainment Weekly

Long before it became chic for literary writers to dabble in genre fiction, Ruth Rendell was publishing superb novels that blurred the lines between art and entertainment.

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Reviewing the Evidence

But I think that a series is emerging in these novels, connected not by recurrent specific characters but by a city that defines its people in an utterly characteristic way.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Erik Spanberg New York Times 4.5 of 5 Stars "[Rendell] draws her characters with an insightful yet light touch.

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Marie Claire

Should she hand over her stewardship of Heather, half-hearted though it had been, to Edmund [Heather's fiancé]?

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