The Water's Lovely
Ruth Rendell’s skill in penning psychologically based mystery/suspense novels is reaffirmed in each of my readings of her novels. I was not disappointed by this. She has again plumbed the broad expanse of the complexities of the human psyche. This intricate plot encompasses love, deceit, obsession, greed and chicanery, to name a few emotions.
It is remarkable to me that Rendell is able to spin her imaginative, mesmerizing tales utilizing her vivid, well-turned prose. This rich, meticulously pace ...more
A dozen or so years ago, Ismay's younger sister Heather, then aged 13, drowned their stepfather in the bathtub while Ismay and her mum were out shopping. Or at least that's what Ismay assumes: she and mum have been acting on the principle that, if you don't actually talk something through, then it's easier to deny it -- and, besides, the cops and everyone el ...more
I'm actually wondering about the Rendell/Vine distinction, which seems less clear as time goes on. Her Rendell novels used to tend to be more straightforward detective fiction (not only the Wexfords) and her Vine more in the realm of psychological thriller. "The Water's Lovely" seems to me to be more in the V ...more
All that being said, I was disappointed by this book. It was fairly easy to see where the story was heading, and there were just too many neat coincidences to make the plot ring true. ...more
This is an example of a story set in a specific time so that ...more
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The Babes in the Wood was a good crime book and I enjoyed it, but The Water's Lovely is the opposite. A psychological novel where which is surely not a thriller.
There's only psychologic analysis of the past crime and how it affected all the women(mother and three(?) daughters) living in the same house where that happened. Next to that is the old bachelor's rebellion against his mother. Suddenly he starts dating one of those girls, none other than the one who commit the crime. Now that I thin ...more
In The Water's Lovely, three-time Edgar winner Ruth Rendell has written a subtle and darkly comic psychological thriller. The prolific Baroness, who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, is best known for her Inspector Wexworth series (starting with 1964's From Doon With Death), but she has also produced many excellent stand-alone novels. Most reviewers wholeheartedly praised the book, describing it as "virtuosic" (Entertainment Weekly), suspenseful, and "gleefully energetic" (New York T...more
I'd like more recommendations of her better books if anyone has suggestions.
Each subplot is well written and interesting, but none of them particularly stand out. Perhaps it would have worked better as a collection of related short stories, with the most prominent (about the water) at novella length?
(Part of my annoyance was figuring out the ...more
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Set,as so often these novels by Ruth Rendell are, in London, it tells the story of a family in Clapham, elderly people in North London sitting in houses worth millions, and an unscrupulous miscreant called Marion who links them all.
There is an unusual amount of humour from Ruth Rendell in this book, far more than you would expect. Although there is murder (of course, both historical and contemporar ...more
When Ismay and Heather were teenagers, something happened in the family that would always leave a mark in their life. When Ismay was fifteen and Heather thirteen, their stepfather, Guy, died from drowning in the bathtub. Ismay and Beatrix were out s ...more
Rendell has a way of opening up the inner lives of her characters and even of making sympathetic characters of her villains. Not that you end up rooting for them necessarily, but you do get to understand what makes them tick, and she manages to portray them as believable, multi- ...more