When Ismay and Heather's stepfather was discovered dead in the bathtub nine years ago, the police concluded the drowning was an accident. But Ismay has always silently suspected that Heather might have had something to do with it. Now they're older and their lives seem to be moving happily forward. But when Heather becomes seriously involved with a man for the first time, Ismay's long-repressed memories can no longer be ignored. With painful inevitability, Ismay learns that she may not able to keep the dark truth hidden forever.
About the Author
Edgar Award-winning author Ruth Rendell (b. 1930) has written more than seventy books and sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (London), she is the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association. Rendell's award-winning novels include "A Demon in My View" (1976), "A Dark-Adapted Eye "(1987), and "King Solomon's Carpet "(1991). Her popular crime stories featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford were adapted into a long-running British television series (1987-2000) starring George Baker.
“The queen of the psychological suspense novel. . . .This [is a] subtly horrifying story.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“An especially tricky and ingenious mystery. . . . Rich with parallels and shadows.”
—The New York Times
“The creepiest thing in Ruth Rendell's latest mystery, The Water's Lovely, isn't the murder . . . but the deep chill that can pervade human interactions.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Ruth Rendell, Britain's best, offers up another well-crafted tale of psychological suspense.”
—San Diego Union-Tribune
“Rendell is in absolute top form here. The Water's Lovely is as suspenseful as any crime novel she has written, but it also has the generous humanity of her best Inspector Wexford cases.”
—The Washington Post Book World