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The Water's Lovely
by Ruth Rendell | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by bookguide of Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on 1/19/2010
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by ForeignExchange): available

2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by bookguide from Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Psychological thriller.
Nine years after their father drowned, the family still lives in the same house, but the bathroom where it happened has been demolished. Nobody ever discusses what happened, but now, hidden truths start to emerge.

I found this book on the shelf at OBCZ Lux in Nijmegen, and took it home to register it. 

Journal Entry 2 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, May 07, 2012

7 out of 10

Ruth Rendell puts a lot of effort into building up the characters in this book. Unfortunately, the vast majority aren't very likable, and nobody seems to have a clear conscience. Everyone seems to be constantly lying to cover up previous lies, and their lives are all so interconnected, whether they realise this or not, that the whole plot seems slightly incestuous, in a metaphorical sense. At the end, some of the lies have been revealed, some of the characters have a hope of happiness, but Ismay will undoubtedly not be one of them. One of the main themes in the book is the fact that, as Marion says, you have to take the rough with the smooth. There is an unusually large number of people in this book who are swallowing their pride or being oppressed by someone else. Some of them rebel or escape, and some of them are heading further into trouble. Only one person always tells the truth, but she is the one who seems to being protected by the rest of the family, at the cost of their own happiness and mental health.

This book is complex, with interlinking lives crossing paths, drawing near and moving apart. There are many questions, lies to be uncovered or concealed, and many red herrings so that it remains unclear until the very end what really happened. I'm not sure if it was entirely satisfactory, but it certainly held my interest and kept me reading until the end, and then there was a sting in the tail which I hadn't expected... 

Journal Entry 3 by ForeignExchange at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Sunday, November 18, 2012

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