Deep Water

Deep Water

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by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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In Deep Water, set in the quiet, small town of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful tale of love gone sour.

Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she

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Overview

In Deep Water, set in the quiet, small town of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful tale of love gone sour.

Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder—one that soon comes true. In this complex portrayal of a dangerous psychosis emerging in the most unlikely of places, Highsmith examines the chilling reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Speaking of good stuff, this novel and short story collection are from one of mystery's best. Both Deep Water (1957) and Mermaids (1970) feature Highsmith's expert use of ordinary people and everyday settings that turn foul, making them all the more sinister. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Boston Globe
“An atmosphere of nameless dread, of unspeakable foreboding, permeates every page of Patricia Highsmith, and there's nothing quite like it.”
Gillian Flynn - Wall Street Journal
“The things that are suspenseful, that I find frightening, aren't someone jumping out of a closet or those kind of big scares, but instead that slow build of dread, and [Highsmith] does that really well. She kind of takes you by the hand and walks you toward the cliff.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393345704
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
152,655
File size:
0 MB

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