The man who had died was Ismay's stepfather, Guy. 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 lives upstairs with her sister, Pamela. And the bathroom, where Guy drowned, has disappeared. Ismay works in public relations, and Heather in catering.
They get on well. They always have. They never discuss the changes to the house, still less what 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 people. And, with painful inevitability, the truth will emerge.
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Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
Sisters Ismay and Heather live in Clapham in a ground floor flat; their schizophrenic mother and her carer, their Aunt, lives upstairs. There's a family secret - the girls' Stepfather, Guy drowned in the house when they were both in their teens. The main question is - why was Heather's dress so wet on that fateful day?
This book is another excellent slice of London life from Rendell. Granted, many of the characters are quite unpleasant - the grasping Marion for example and Heather's husband Andrew's mother, Irene. Ismay's beau, barrister Andrew, is also pretty loathsome. That said, the pleasant characters, such as Aunt Pamela, act as a good counterpoint.
The story in the end rang true and Heather's immediate contacts rang true. The side characters were over drawn stereotypes unworthy of the rest of the story! That aside I would have liked to know more about the future of Heather's mother and Pam.
"Not my favorite RR"
The story was engaging, and I wanted to know what would happen - but frankly was glad when it was over. I cared about Heather and Edmund, but found all of the other characters simply irritating. I've enjoyed Ruth Rendell's books for a long time, but this is not a favorite.
It was entertaining but I wouldn't listen to it again
No. I have read a lot of good things about Ruth's writing and this one didn't really do it for me.
Yes, I love Sian's work and have bought several books just because she is the narrator.
I had hoped for a bit more.
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