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.
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Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary Award, as well as the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.
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Rosalyn Landor can be counted on for a cool, elegant, accomplished delivery, and she does not disappoint in this deliciously creepy mystery from the master. Ismay Sealand has reason to believe that her little sister, Heather, drowned their stepfather in his bath when they were children. Now grown, the sisters share a flat. They have been bound by their shared (if undiscussed) past, but now that they both have grown-up love lives and are planning separate futures, the unspoken keeps bobbing up. Even the abridgment is here masterfully done, which is a lot for this abridgment-averse reviewer to grant. As often with Rendell, the minor characters, Ismays snobbish upper-crust boyfriend, Heathers horrible future mother-in-law, are the most fun. Landor makes the most of them. B.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Arrow Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091797330