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The Water's Lovely chapter 1 The Water's Lovely, meaning The Water's Lovely, genre The Water's Lovely, book cover The Water's Lovely, flies The Water's Lovely, The Water's Lovely fe2313ebac252 The Award Winning Author Of The Babes In The Wood And The Rottweiler Brings Us Another Terrifically Paced, Richly Drawn Novel Of Suspense And Psychological IntrigueWeeks 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 WayShe And Her Mother Would Be Climbing The Stairs, Following Heather S Lead Through The Bedroom To What Was On The Other Side, Not A Bathroom In The Dream But A Chamber Floored And Walled In Marble In The Middle Of It Was A Glassy Lake The White Thing In The Water Floated Towards Her, Its Face Submerged, And Her Mother Said, Absurdly, Don T Look The Dead Man Was Ismay S Stepfather, Guy Now, Nine Years On, She And Her Sister, Heather, Still Live In The Same House In Clapham But It Has Been Divided Into Two Self Contained Flats Their Mother Had Lived Upstairs With Her Sister, Pamela And The Bathroom, Where Guy Had Drowned, Had DisappearedIsmay Worked In Public Relations, And Heather In Catering They Got On Well They Always Had They Never Discussed The Changes To The House, Still Less What Had Happened That August DayBut Even Lives As Private As These, Where Secrets Hang In The Air Like Dust, Intertwine With Other Worlds And Other Individuals And, With Painful Inevitability, The Truth Will Emerge


10 thoughts on “The Water's Lovely

  1. says:

    I told Laurie, a previous reviewer of this novel that I could cut and paste her review and it would be exactly what I thought of the book except better written than I could manage and I think I will actually do that So here s Laurie s review Well, I suggested the book group read this, just because we previously mentioned reading something by Ruth Rendell, but boy, am I sorry There are clearly characters, and a plot, but the book is missing a reason Why read it Indeed, why did she write it This book is populated by assholes, morons, and crazy people, mostly psychopaths That s it Well, maybe Heather is okay And Edmund ultimately turns out to be not as much of a schmuck as he started out being Ismay is a moron, Andrew is an asshole, Marion is crazy, as is her brother, Edmund s mother is an asshole, Andrew s girlfriend after Ismay is a moron Barry seems to be a moron Oh, Ismay and Heather s mother is crazy, their aunt Pamela is a moron, her boyfriend is both crazy and an asshole Some people get engaged, some get married, some people break up, some people blackmail others, some use others Not a clever comment or insight to be found I can only add that the appalling ending, where the only two worthwhile people in the book get wiped out by a freaking TSUNAMI, really ripped it for me Every single idiot in the book ends up getting REWARDED by getting exactly what they want and the two good folks get killed I am normally a big Rendell fan love the Wexford series , but this was just an awful book.


  2. says:

    AM I FROM THIS PLANET Do we seriously live in a world where women are only shrews, hypochondriacs, conniving blackmailers, or stupid super models, and the men are only hen whipped, abusive assholes, petty criminals or idiots Really I might have tolerated the story line of Ismay pining away for an emotionally abusive partner if a we d actually seen of the cycle of abuse, good times, bad times, good times, bad times or b if the other characters hadn t been so thoroughly unlike able It s not even a murder mystery You know the whole time whodunnit, because Ismay spends THE ENTIRE BOOK speculating about it INSTEAD OF TALKING TO HER SISTER ABOUT IT Plus I guessed the twist 20 pages in, because the author was trying too hard to mislead me And the most appalling thing about this book is THAT I KEPT READING IT I read all the way until the end I kept thinking, Surely Ismay comes to her senses SURELY Marion gets hit by a bus Surely THERE IS REDEMPTION AND DECENCY OR WHY ELSE WRITE THE BOOK How naive of me I m a harsh critic of books but this one I m officially out of words.


  3. says:

    Bah, humbug This one was going along well enough, and it completely fell apart in the last 30 40 pages What I like about Rendell is the way she sets multiple threads of plot in motion and inexorably draws them together into a web of revelations and ironically perfect fates for the villains This book started out fine, lots of promising elements long ago mysterious death hidden by the family and never discussed shades of The Minotaur and A Dark Adapted Eye , sociopathic blackmailer, foreshadowing of old people to be bumped off for money, incriminating cassette tape moving from hand to hand, emotionally abusive relationship escalating, killer on the loose shades of The ROttweiler , madwoman in the attic, loving couple whose happiness might be destroyed by an explosive secret and where does it go NOWHERE Bupkis I wouldn t have believed this could end in quite such an unsatisfying way No web, no justice, no irony Bah Just a jumble.The only plotline I enjoyed following was Marion s And where did that lead No place satisfying Ismay and Heather were interesting at first, but they never changed or developed just stayed as they were, and became tiresome.


  4. says:

    Ruth Rendell is one gifted writer The of her books that I read, the I want to read.The Water s Lovely is something of a mystery but also so much 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 convoluted.This was one of those books for me left me feeling a bit stranded at the last page, not wanting to say goodbye to the cast or to the story itself.


  5. says:

    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 paced story built in intensity and suspense until the final page.I have continued to debate whether I prefer her style as Rendell or Barbara Vine It is possible to discern some differences in each, but both seem to have similar attributes It seems to me that as Rendell, she creates suspense I look forward to reading of her numerous offerings as either individual.


  6. says:

    Throughout her amazing prolific career Ruth Rendell specialized in dark psychological crime dramas Had she written a romantic one, it would have naturally also been dark In fact it would have been very much this book Told through many varied perspectives of London s denizens, the focus here in on love, couples in love, individuals looking for love Of course, this being a Rendell book, mostly everyone goes about things in a sordid, secretive, underhanded, manipulative and otherwise wrong ways It s the funny house mirror reflection of a romance novelthe sad, pathetic and amoral ones get rewarded, the virtuous don t It s dark, warped with an utterly exasperating ending The main drawback was the characters While no one in the right mind should read Rendell for likeable characters, she has always made a point of creating a despicable, although oddly compelling, ones, in this book she really went all out Most of the men are on the violently rapey scummy side, most of the women are backbone lacking desperate pushovers, eager for any attention they might get It s a really terrible business, the sort that can put one off of dating for a while, if not permanently Point is, they aren t as compelling as they are despicable here, the balance isn t quite there, so it was somewhat frustrating at times Also stands to note, this is far of a drama than a mystery or thriller But as many of the author s books as I ve read the case remains that the quality is always top shelf and, though far from favorite, this one still entertains plenty That ending thoughseriously.


  7. says:

    My second Ruth Rendell novel, I m absolutely blown away by this writer I love her great characterizations Marion Melville in particular is a vicious piece of work, totally despicable The vulnerable people at the heart of this story are the Sealand family, particularly Heather who s assumed to have drowned her unsavory stepfather Guy in the bath Characters include the above mentioned Marion Melville who cozies up to the lonely and aged in hopes of inheriting their property after she s poisoned them, and Marion s dumpster diving brother Fowle

    Rendell throws in subplots including desperate romances a killer lurking through London s parks Lots of plot twists, a total page turner masterfully written Loved it


  8. says:

    I ve been a Rendell Vine fan since I read A Fatal Inversion Nothing has ever come up to the breathtaking experience of that book, but nevertheless she remains one of my favourite writers.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 straightforward detective fiction not only the Wexfords and her Vine in the realm of psychological thriller The Water s Lovely seems to me to be in the Vine category of things Oh well It s a while since I read this one, so no particular comments, except that I know I was throughly immersed deliberate pun


  9. says:

    Listened to this driving to from Charleston I d never read any Ruth Rendell, and was looking forward to an introduction I m not sure this was it An utterly bizarre novel, it opens 13 years after a crime that becomes relevant again both suddenly and improbably the improbabilities just keep coming while the narrative veers between not much happening, things happening for no real narrative purpose the whole subplot about poor Aunt Pamela , and things happening way too neatly And then there s the ending When Hannah was little, I would sometimes end the book I was reading to her at bedtime with a line of my own after the last line And then they were all hit by a bus This I did for comic effect Rendell, however, offers an ending not far off from that, and while I m not sure what to make of it tragedy irony cosmic justice I can tell you I was not amused especially since the simpering, pathetic protagonist was unaffected Val tells me this isn t representative Rendell, so I suppose I ll try her again sometime not soon, though.


  10. says:

    Well, I suggested the book group read this, just because we previously mentioned reading something by Ruth Rendell, but boy, am I sorry There are clearly characters, and a plot, but the book is missing a reason Why read it Indeed, why did she write it This book is populated by assholes, morons, and crazy people, mostly psychopaths That s it Well, maybe Heather is okay And Edmund ultimately turns out to be not as much of a schmuck as he started out being Ismay is a moron, Andrew is an asshole, Marion is crazy, as is her brother, Edmund s mother is an asshole, Andrew s girlfriend after Ismay is a moron Barry seems to be a moron Oh, Ismay and Heather s mother is crazy, their aunt Pamela is a moron, her boyfriend is both crazy and an asshole Some people get engaged, some get married, some people break up, some people blackmail others, some use others Not a clever comment or insight to be found.


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