The Water's Lovely
Weeks went by when Ismay never thought of it at all. Then something would bring it back or it would return in a dream. The dream always began in the same way.
She and her mother would be ...more
The Water's Lovely is something of a mystery but also so much more. A central cast of characters to whom the reader becomes closely drawn, characters that are as genuine as anyone you might know in the flesh. Even the characters who are peripheral are integral to the plot, a plot that grows ever more convoluted.
This was one of those books for me left me feeling a bit stranded at ...more
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, metic ...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 m ...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 ...more
this is my favorite
book of hers to date.
Narrator Sian Thomas
performance was wonderful.
She captured the rhythm
and flow of Mrs. Rendells
original writing style.
Mild Foul Language.
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 plo ...more
This is an example of a story set in a specific time so ...more
A widowed woman married a slightly younger man, expecting him to be a good step father to her two teen aged daughters. While the older girl (15) was attracted by him the younger (13) was most definitely not. Guy became ill and took some time to recover. He developed the habit of bathing in the afternoon and one after ...more
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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 Times), with a "head-spinning finale" (Christian Science Monitor).(Christian(New(Entertainment...more
This is my first contact with author Ruth Rendell, who's supposed to be a paragon of a mystery writer.
Maybe it's because I jumped into her work with a later volume, rather than reading them chronologically as written, but I was underwhelmed.
I can appreciate the individual characters, but they are programmed into a plot that periodically trots each out and mechanically interweaves them. I felt ...more