Deep Water

Deep Water

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393324556
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/19/2003
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 292,043
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt,The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1921

Date of Death:

February 4, 1995

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Place of Death:

Locarno, Switzerland


B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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Deep Water 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lurid tale of a husband and wife who have come to an unconventional agreement. The vivid prose in this novel had me turning the pages to see what would transpire next. Great read, I definitely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the storyline......will definitely read many others by her.
KatherineGregg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the second Patricia Highsmith book that I've read and I loved it up until the ending. Her writing is descriptive yet sparse and she brings her flawed characters to life in an interesting way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont even bother. A waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will be replied to and done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Panther of bloodclan. I dont know her schedule but i think shes on now. I dont know though... thank you! &#9786