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The Water's Lovely

(2006)
A novel by

 
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.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-307-38136-6 / 978-0-307-38136-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7393-2724-0 / 978-0-7393-2724-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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June 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: The Water's Lovely (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-84617-771-5 / 978-1-84617-771-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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November 2006 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-385-66269-6 / 978-0-385-66269-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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October 2006 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-179728-4 / 978-0-09-179728-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

August 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-307-38801-8 / 978-0-307-38801-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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November 2007 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7704-3006-6 / 978-0-7704-3006-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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August 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-950427-8 / 978-0-09-950427-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-179733-0 / 978-0-09-179733-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4915-3576-8 / 978-1-4915-3576-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2014 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4915-3617-9 / 978-1-4915-3617-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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July 2009 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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July 2007 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7393-4296-7 / 978-0-7393-4296-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2007 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Books on Tape
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July 2007 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4159-3905-5 / 978-1-4159-3905-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2007 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4159-4198-X / 978-1-4159-4198-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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2007 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Water's Lovely (Unabridged) [Audio CD]
Author(s): Ruth Rendell, Sian Thomas
ISBN: 1-4056-2428-0 / 978-1-4056-2428-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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October 2006 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-84657-059-X / 978-1-84657-059-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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October 2006 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-84657-060-3 / 978-1-84657-060-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Seal Books
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June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell, Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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August 2008 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Water's Lovely (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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