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The man who had died was Ismay's stepfather, Guy. Nine years on, she and her sister, Heather, still live in the same house in Clapham. But it has been divided into two self-contained flats. Their mother lives upstairs with her sister, Pamela. And the bathroom, where Guy drowned, has disappeared. Ismay works in public relations, and Heather in catering.
They get on well. They always have. They never discuss the changes to the house, still less what happened that August day. But even lives as private as these, where secrets hang in the air like dust, intertwine with other worlds and other people. And, with painful inevitability, the truth will emerge.
©2006 Kingsmarkham Enterprises Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By wobbly on 05-08-14

Not my favorite RR

The story was engaging, and I wanted to know what would happen - but frankly was glad when it was over. I cared about Heather and Edmund, but found all of the other characters simply irritating. I've enjoyed Ruth Rendell's books for a long time, but this is not a favorite.

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By night owl on 05-15-17

Slow Moving But Good

Not one of Rendells best but still worth reading. Great variety of characters to care about and hate. Slow in parts but kept my interest. If you're a big Rendell fan you'll want to read this.If not a fan of her kind of story pass it by.

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By SEA, Charente on 12-03-17

Gripping and full of suspense right up until the last page

Another Rendell classic, perfectly narrated by Sian Thomas.
This masterful story of unproved murder and family tensions cannot be bettered.

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By Susan Random on 05-17-16

The Water's Lovely

Sisters Ismay and Heather live in Clapham in a ground floor flat; their schizophrenic mother and her carer, their Aunt, lives upstairs. There's a family secret - the girls' Stepfather, Guy drowned in the house when they were both in their teens. The main question is - why was Heather's dress so wet on that fateful day?

This book is another excellent slice of London life from Rendell. Granted, many of the characters are quite unpleasant - the grasping Marion for example and Heather's husband Andrew's mother, Irene. Ismay's beau, barrister Andrew, is also pretty loathsome. That said, the pleasant characters, such as Aunt Pamela, act as a good counterpoint.


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