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The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell

In The Water's Lovely, Heather and Ismay are sisters sharing the same London house, along with their mother and sister. When Heather was 13, her stepfather was found dead in the bathtub while alone with her, and Heather's dress was wet. Ismay always suspected her sister of murdering him to fend off his sexual advances, and their mother descended into schizophrenia soon after. Ismay has a boyfriend who dislikes Heather and looks a lot like her stepfather. Heather also gets a new boyfriend, a male nurse who still lives with his domineering mother who would prefer he date a new friend of hers who lives on the wrong side of the law. The complicated relationships are a web of secrets and incorrect suppositions. Ruth Rendell's novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "The main mystery presented by The Water's Lovely is how an author so relentlessly prolific, with dozens of novels to her credit and another set published under the pen name Barbara Vine, can do such buoyant, impeccable work."
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New York Times review by Janet Maslin

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review by Robert Sloan

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