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The Water's Lovely

Ruth Rendell

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 intrigue. 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 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 disappeared. Ismay 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 day. . . But 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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 intrigue. 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 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 disappeared. Ismay 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 day. . . But 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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 intrigue. 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 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 disappeared. Ismay 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 day. . . But 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rosalyn Landor

Length:

6h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:37


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

01:49


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:30


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:50


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:20


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:41


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:00


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:51


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:57