In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is...more
Those who have read The Talented Mr. Ripley , are already acquainted with this master (actually mistress) of psychological suspense. Apparently, in 1950, when her first novel Strangers on a Train, was published, she had previously encountered resistance in America as an outspoken author on controversial themes. Deep Water is one of Highsmith’s early works and reveals her uncanny talent to capture the essence of a diabolical, treacherous personality.
Vic and Melinda VanAllen’s marriage is , simp...more
Aside from the disappointing – to me – ending, this is an excellent psychological mystery by Ms. Highsmith. It is very different from her Ripley novels, although her main character, Vic, is very much the same as Ripley. Vic is married to Melinda. Vic owns a printing company that does special limited editions of selected works in a collectable format. His company doesn’t make a profit, but he continues with it because he has an independent source of...more
Little Wesley is a small town north of New York City. Vic Van Allen lives off a trust fund left by his father and publishes small runs of exclusive books. He has his own press and practically handcrafts the books. In fact, he is an extremely ordered and industrious individual with several odd hobbies, such as raising...more
Highsmith's portrayal of evil lurking beneath banal exteriors has been replayed by...more
Victor Van Allen, husband and father finds himself in the unenviable position of being the neighborhood cuckold. But despite social pressures from friends maintains a calm and dispassionate face in the midst of what most would think would be a humiliating situation and calmly structures his life around maintaining his existence for his child and his own self-interests. After being humiliated by his wife repeatedly he reac...more
"Deep Water" is not my favorite of Highsmith's books so far (I'm reading them in order, and "The Blunderer" currently holds the top spot), but it is well-crafted and unique, two qualities I love.
Vic and Melinda win the award for...more
Vic is married to Melinda. She's a bitch who cheats on him, treats their small daughter like a non-existent entity, and drinks heavily and sloppily. Melinda flaunts her affairs at neighborhood BBQ's and cocktail parties. It's suburban New England in the 1950's, so these little get togethers are frequent.
Vic is a neighborhood favorite. He's neat, he's pleasant, he cooks, he dotes on...more
It was fun to read this story because it included...more
You can tell she wrote "The Talented Mr Ripley"- it had the same theme to the book. Though maybe not the most realistic premise, it does hold the readers attention throughout the book, and you find yourself rooting for the "bad guy", so to speak. (was he really bad or just a victim of emotional circumstances?) Also written or takes place before DNA testing!
Very good book.
Also...I wonder why her obsession with snails? Good to know you should not feed them for a couple of days before you eat them. In case I'm ever in a Robinson Crusoe situation.
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...more