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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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July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-307-38136-6 / 978-0-307-38136-1 (USA edition)
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
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June 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Water's Lovely (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-84617-771-5 / 978-1-84617-771-2 (UK edition)
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November 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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ISBN: 0-385-66269-6 / 978-0-385-66269-7 (USA edition)
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October 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-179728-4 / 978-0-09-179728-7 (UK edition)
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August 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Water's Lovely: A Suspense Thriller (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-307-38801-8 / 978-0-307-38801-8 (USA edition)
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November 2007 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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ISBN: 0-09-950427-8 / 978-0-09-950427-6 (UK edition)
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: 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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December 2016 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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ISBN: 1-4893-7092-7 / 978-1-4893-7092-1 (Australia edition)
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December 2016 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4893-7093-5 / 978-1-4893-7093-8 (Australia edition)
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September 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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ISBN: 1-4915-3576-8 / 978-1-4915-3576-9 (USA edition)
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September 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Water's Lovely, The
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4915-3617-9 / 978-1-4915-3617-9 (USA edition)
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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July 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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July 2009 : USA Audio edition
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July 2009 : UK Audio edition
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July 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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ISBN: 0-7393-4296-7 / 978-0-7393-4296-1 (USA edition)
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July 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4159-3905-5 / 978-1-4159-3905-5 (USA edition)
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2007 : UK Audio CD
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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)
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October 2006 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-84657-059-X / 978-1-84657-059-9 (UK edition)
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October 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Water's Lovely
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ISBN: 1-84657-060-3 / 978-1-84657-060-5 (UK edition)
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July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
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June 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Water's Lovely
Author(s): Ruth Rendell, Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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August 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Water's Lovely (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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