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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 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.
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Not one of Rendells best but still worth reading. Great variety of characters to care about and hate. Slow in parts but kept my interest. If you're a big Rendell fan you'll want to read this.If not a fan of her kind of story pass it by.