'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 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 lives upstairs with her sister, Pamela. And the bathroom, where Guy drowned, has been demolished. But Death will rear its ugly head once more...Ismay and Heather get on well. They always have. They never discussed the changes to the house, still less what had happened that August day. But as their love lives start to develop, someone is murdered along the way, and long buried suspicions re-emerge with potentially tragic results.
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Ruth Rendell is the Queen of British crime writing. The author of over 50 novels, she has won many significant crime fiction awards. Her first novel, From Doon With Death, appeared in 1964, and since then her reputation and readership have grown steadily with each new book. She has received major awards for her work; three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America; the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for 1976's best crime novel, A Demon in My View; the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction in 1981 for The Lake of Darkness; the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for 1986's best crime book for Live Flesh; in 1987 the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for A Fatal Inversion and in 1991 the same award for King Solomon's Carpet, both written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine; the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990; and in 1991 the Crime Writer's Cartier Diamond Award for outstanding contribution to the crime fiction genre. Her books are translated into 21 languages. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.From AudioFile:
Rosalyn Landor can be counted on for a cool, elegant, accomplished delivery, and she does not disappoint in this deliciously creepy mystery from the master. Ismay Sealand has reason to believe that her little sister, Heather, drowned their stepfather in his bath when they were children. Now grown, the sisters share a flat. They have been bound by their shared (if undiscussed) past, but now that they both have grown-up love lives and are planning separate futures, the unspoken keeps bobbing up. Even the abridgment is here masterfully done, which is a lot for this abridgment-averse reviewer to grant. As often with Rendell, the minor characters, Ismays snobbish upper-crust boyfriend, Heathers horrible future mother-in-law, are the most fun. Landor makes the most of them. B.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Buchbeschreibung Arrow Books, 2007. Paperback. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 220563 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 225. Artikel-Nr. 372196