The Water's Lovely (Vintage Crime Black Lizard) by Ruth Rendell

By Ruth Rendell

Whilst Ismay and Heather's stepfather used to be came across useless within the tub 9 years in the past, the police concluded the drowning used to be an twist of fate. yet Ismay has constantly silently suspected that Heather may have had whatever to do with it. Now they are older and their lives appear to be relocating fortunately ahead. but if Heather turns into heavily concerned with a guy for the 1st time, Ismay's long-repressed stories can not be missed. With painful inevitability, Ismay learns that she would possibly not in a position to preserve the darkish fact hidden perpetually.

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The door to the bathroom had been – where? The french windows to the balcony were gone, replaced by a single glass door. The whole place looked larger, nearer to the dream room, yet less spacious. ’ ‘Oh, yes, yes. ’ Perhaps it would have been better to sell the house and move. But how else would she and Heather afford a flat to share? ’ ‘She loves all the changes. ’ Pamela showed her the two bedrooms that had once been hers and Heather’s, the new kitchen, the new bathroom. At the top of the stairs she paused, holding on to the newel post and turning her eyes on Ismay almost pleadingly.

Unsuitably, incomprehensibly, to the last man in the world anyone would have considered possible. Ismay’s mobile rang while she was there. Of course it was Andrew. He had already phoned her twice that day but that wasn’t unusual. Pamela smiled, but fondly, when she realised who it was and heard Ismay say, ‘In an hour then. ’ Beatrix, as usual, behaved as if there were no one in the room with her and no phone conversation had taken place. She moved her head away from the murmuring radio. ’ Ismay, who had heard that one before several times, used to wonder about those beasts, apparently with eyes in the back of their heads, but she accepted them now.

But he stayed silent, unwilling to argue further with her or defend himself (God forbid). Of course she would revert to the matter again – and again. She did so at the moment he laid his knife and fork diagonally across his empty plate. ’ ‘Mother,’ he said, ‘you have a good neighbour in Mr Fenix next door and good neighbours opposite. You have a landline and a mobile phone. ’ Even six months ago he couldn’t have summoned the strength to say that. ’ The words were repeated on a note of ironic laughter.

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