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Ripley Under Water (Ripley #5)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  2,095 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Now part of American film and literary lore, Tom Ripley, "a bisexual psychopath and art forger who murders without remorse when his comforts are threatened" (New York Times Book Review), was Patricia Highsmith's favorite creation. In these volumes, we find Ripley ensconced on a French estate with a wealthy wife, a world-class art collection, and a past to hide. In Ripley U ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1991)
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Mar 08, 2016 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Poor Tom Ripley has flip flopped sexual orientations more often than a Republican senator with a drinking problem. After the closeted but ultragay Boy Who Followed Ripley, he's straighter than he's ever been with this dying whimper of a last Ripley book. The gayest thing he does here is read a biography of Oscar Wilde.

If you were hoping for closure, you can abandon your hopes: Highsmith does nothing to wrap the story up here. She barely provides a plot at all. An American couple shows up to hara
Hernán Stuchi
Nov 02, 2016 Hernán Stuchi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Por fin pude terminar con este bodrio. Tengo la edición de colección que hizo RBA Editores hace más de 20 años, una colección que reúne grandes obras maestras, desde "El amor en los tiempos del cólera" de Gabriel García Márquez, pasando por "La insoportable levedad del ser", de Kundera, "Lolita", de Nabokov, "Madera de héroe", de Delibes, "1984", de Orwell, "La historia interminable", de Ende... ¿me entienden? Obra maestra tras obra maestra. Y encontrarme con esta historia supone para mí un fias ...more
Melissa McShane
This is perhaps the most disturbing of the Ripley books, despite the villains being the most despicable and unlikable to date. In a way, David Pritchard is Tom Ripley's opposite number: he's in the same game, but he's hopelessly incompetent at trying to scare Tom or get revenge on him. Pritchard is way outclassed, but Tom has enough secrets that even Pritchard's fumblings felt frightening, as if he might somehow stumble on a way to "get back at" Tom (quotes because Tom has never done anything to ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night, lit
That Patricia Highsmith, such a talented writer. The fifth installment of the Ripliad lost nothing of the originals as is so often the case in long running series and was packed full of nervous tension from first to last.

As a standalone novel I don't think this would work but as an extension of the previous four books it's fabulous. By book five we know Ripley, we share his love for his home and his life, we've even seen the softer side of him develop in his affection for Bernard Tufts (books 2
Nov 18, 2008 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: don't recommend it
Recommended to Christine by: I read it for completeness
Very disappointing final 5th volume of the Tom Ripley series.
Don't waste your time with this one.
I read it for completeness, but it was a waste of time.
Also the North African location did not add anything to the plot...Belle Hombre would have been so much better.
Resulta curiosa la fascinación que ejercen ciertos criminales, verdaderos psicópatas en muchos casos. Personajes grises, tirando más al negro que al blanco, ambiguos, que aunque cometan los más aberrantes crímenes, estás deseando que no los coja la justicia y que se salgan con la suya. Ahí tenemos a Hannibal “el caníbal” Lecter, cuyo apelativo lo dice todo. O a Dexter Morgan y su “oscuro pasajero”. O a esos dos cocineros de metanfetamina de ‘Breaking Bad’. O el personaje creado por Patricia High ...more
Sarah Sammis
Two and a half years ago I read The Mysterious Mr. Ripley, an omnibus containing the first three Tom Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith. Ripley Under Water is the fifth and final book in the series coming just four years before Highsmith's death in 1995.

When Tom Ripley was first introduced in The Talented Mr. Ripley, he was young, unbalanced and quick to anger. He also had a big ego and no scruples when it came to getting ahead in life.

By Ripley Under Water, he's older and happy with the life
Nov 17, 2008 Eric_W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patricia Highsmith, as I have noted before, writes a intriguing set of novels using Tom Ripley as the antihero. Ripley Under the Water is a good example of her craft. Tom and his French wife Heloise, live quietly near a small French village. The only thing one might consider unusual about the house is the presence of a bloodstain on the floor of the basement that Tom explains came from spilling some wine. Indeed, there was wine mixed with the blood for it was with a wine bottle that Tom had kill ...more
Nov 22, 2010 SlowRain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A sequel of sorts to "Ripley Under Ground," which should be read first to avoid spoilers (but I didn't). In fact, this should be the last Ripley novel you read, not only because of spoilers, but because it's not very good.

The novel, rather ironically, centers around a man who is trying to harass snobbish, upper middle-class Tom Ripley. It's difficult for readers to sympathize with Ripley because of his character and his past, yet we can't really cheer the new guy on because we know so little abo
Stephen Phillips
My review here is nothing more than a strong endorsement of Patricia Highsmith's work despite a weak showing with this novel. I read Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley and immediately was drawn to her haunting, introspective writing style, however it seems that Highsmith (like the middle-aged Tom Ripley found in Ripley Under Water) has lost a bit of steam here. Points for a harrowing character study, but points lost for thoughts in place of unsuspenseful (anti-climactic?) action. M ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, ladywritten
I learned a new word: Ripliad. Referring to the whole oeuvre of the Ripley books. I read this one out of order, which made for some slightly plodding backtracking to fill in events from previous books--but I guess it would have been plodding if I'd read those books, too. Apparently this is late Highsmith, and I think it shows a bit. The tension and creepiness are wonderful--like Hitchcock, Highsmith does a wonderful job with sociopaths and psychopaths with very good manners and totally whacked-o ...more
LOVE THIS SERIES. Read all five while living in the city (New York, of course) as a twentysomething. Read them at warp speed, couldn't put them down for a second! (Even Manhattan and all her stirrings couldn't compete for my attention those short couple of weeks.) Still love them, all of them. Can hardly believe I fell in such extreme like for such a borderline borderline but, by the second novel, I was hooked. Smitten even. Alas, this probably says more about my real-life romantic choices sadly ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychological
Tom Ripley.




No more?



Lou Robinson
Oct 09, 2012 Lou Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent episode from the life and times of Tom Ripley. The sad thing is, I've read them all now. There is no more...plenty of other Patricia Highsmith novels...but no more Ripley.
Sin duda la mejor de las cinco novelas es la primera, donde el personaje de RIpley convierte la novela en una inquietante novela psicológica. En las otras cuatro Ripley se diluye.
Isaac Cooper
Oct 05, 2014 Isaac Cooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Damn, is the word that comes to mind for this book. Not, DAMN! or Dayyum! but just … damn. I wanted to like Ripley Under Water so much more than I did. This series of books really has been a bumpy rollercoaster ride.

Let me show you.

The First Book (Talented Mr Ripley) – Impeccably paced, with honest, believable writing. Characters to sympathize with and care about and an unbelievable, heart-pounding tension from beginning to end.

The Second Book (Ripley Under Ground) – A valiant effort, perhaps a
Feb 09, 2010 Armando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lo largo de cinco novelas, la Highsmith consiguió darle total consistencia a uno de los personajes literarios más apasionantes de las últimas décadas, y no me atrevo a encasillar ni a la autora ni sus novelas como simple género de suspenso. Los lectores que ya conocen a Ripley saben de sus juegos psicológicos, el entorno elegante, que no sofisticado con que la autora rodea a este su entrañable personaje, descrito como un superviviente nato. Ripley parece un arribista, un farsante, un fraude; ...more
Bruce Beckham
Oct 07, 2015 Bruce Beckham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, Patricia Highsmith can do little wrong – so this, the last of the 5-strong ‘Ripliad’ did not disappoint.

Tom is back to his devil-may-care best, sailing so close to the wind at times that one almost dare not look for fear of him being caught red-handed.

And therein lies Highsmith’s other great achievement – how did she get me siding with this calculating psychopath?!

In this novel Tom realises he is in danger of being unmasked for his misdemeanours (pretty much the whole lot of them) when a
Raymond Nickford
As in her The Glass Cell and to some extent in Edith's Diary, Highsmith excels at the slow spinning of a yarn which nevertheless kept me on board.
Tom's acquaintance with the "Odd Pair" as he christens the over-watchful neighbours in Fontaineblue, is masterfully unravelled to pinpoint his mounting fear of being detected in his trail of wrongdoings.
Rather like her Tom in The Talented Mr Ripley, the author laces the tale with brilliantly interwoven local detail, both of scene and setting, and I ag
Jul 27, 2011 Marsia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patricia Highsmith fans
The suspense in this novel involving Tom Ripley, his wife, Heloise, and his two friends who own an art gallery in London, Ed and Jeff, is pretty much nonstop from beginning to end. A strange couple have moved to the village near Paris in which Tom and Heloise live. This "odd couple," particularly the husband, appear to be determined to prove that Ripley's past involves activities in which the police would be very interested, including murder. This curious man even shows up in Tangier, where Tom ...more
David Anderson
Feb 27, 2015 David Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fifth and final installment in the Ripley series finds Tom trying to fend off the intrusion of a rather gauche American couple, David and Janice Pritchard, into Heloise's and his sedate Villeperce lifestyle. Seems that the Prichards have been put on the scent of the Murchison murder Tom was forced to commit in Ripley Under Ground (Ripley #2) in order to cover-up the Derwatt art forgery scheme. Ugly confrontations ensue and, even worse, Pritchard begins fishing the surrounding rivers and cana ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Sahra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having not read the previous Ripleys (although I have seen the movie) I was not sure what to expect - were there things I needed to know? Turns out I didn't need to know much. It was a strange book to finish off a series. Not much happened - just a lot of flying about the continent, taking tea, talking on the phone and finding as many ways as possible to pronounce the name Pritchard. Odd, yet a little mundane.
Apr 02, 2009 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A couple are hounding charming killer Tom Ripley at his home in France, dredging up unsavoury things from his past. Tom tries to stop them.

It sounds like it would be an exciting read, but what follows is one of the most ungripping thrillers I've come across. The story just plods along with little sense of urgency or even danger, with an ending which is annoyingly - but fittingly, given what's gone before - anti-climactic.

There are better Ripley books than this.
Molly Zeigler
Oct 04, 2016 Molly Zeigler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice, for the ending of Ripley and all, to return to the pacing and fun flair of the earlier Ripley books (#4 was a little lacking and outside the Ripley formula, if you will). An enjoyable read - fast and furious...but a reader is, perhaps, left wondering if Highsmith wasn't planning more Ripley novels...
Bryce Wilson
Dec 21, 2008 Bryce Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I've been putting off reading the last of The Riplaid for awhile, but finally got around to it. I'll miss Ripley and Belle Ombre, miss the way Highsmith puts you unabashedly on the side of a monster. Miss the way that Ripley sails through life unperturbed by what he has to do to sustain it's comfort.

A fitting final chapter in a most delightful game.
the gift
the past comes back to threaten tom ripley, but our charming psychopath is able to use his money, his lack of scruples, his devious friendship and deceptive friendliness, to divert a slow progress to having past crimes uncovered... slow, wandering, recalling past misdeeds, there is little new in this chronicle. least of the ripley books...
Frances Sawaya
Believe it or not --- the end of Ripley. Highsmith created a story of an idle rich psychopath coming up against an equally fixated nut case, and, of course, Ripley prevails. Rambling and incredible. Much preferred Woody Allen's "Matchpoint" with its look at the element of luck as the turning point.
Feb 10, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the series, this is one of the better ones. I place it second best in the series. Love the antihero!
Jul 20, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The sinister Pritchard couple made this an intriguing and unsettling read. Tension was sustained throughout with a surprise event no one could foresee. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Dec 16, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I really can't handle it anymore. This book is boring, I will never finish the Ripliad, and Patricia Highsmith is hot. There.
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Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations over the years.

She lived with her grandmother, mother and later step-father (her mother divorced her natural father six months before 'Patsy' was born and married Stanley Highsmith) in Fort Worth before moving with her parents to New York in
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Ripley (5 books)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
  • Ripley Under Ground (Ripley, #2)
  • Ripley's Game (Ripley, #3)
  • The Boy Who Followed Ripley (Ripley, #4)

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