I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and a surprise ending.
My second Ruth Rendell novel, I’m absolutely blown away by this writer! I love her great characterizations; Marion Melville in particular is a vicious piece of work, totally despicable. The vulnerable people at the heart of this taut and enticing story are the Sealand family, particularly Heather who's assumed to have drowned her unsavory stepfather Guy in the bath. Characters include the above mentioned Marion Melville, who cozies up to the lonely and aged in hopes of inheriting their property after she's poisoned them, and Marion's dumpster-diving brother Fowle. Rendell throws in subplots including desperate romances & a killer lurking through London’s parks. Lots of plot twists, a total page turner masterfully written. Loved it!
This book took long for me to read. I could barely find which way it was going to flow. Some people like reading like that i guess. However, the story was interesting enough to keep me interested in how it was going to turn out.
Ismay still dreams of finding her stepfather drowned in their bathtub and her sister standing over him. Years later she is still living in the same house trying to rid herself of her nightmares. And her sister seems to be none the worse for wear after the experience - did the sister do it? What truths lie beneath the surface make for a fascinating read.
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