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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith

Deep Water

Virago Modern Classics Book Club,

December 2018

Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith


This December we are reading the chilling Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith.


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‘If I really don’t like somebody, I kill him . . . You remember Malcolm McRae, don’t you?’

Melinda Van Allen is beautiful, headstrong and sexy. Unfortunately for Vic Van Allen, she is his wife. Their love has soured, and Melinda takes pleasure in flaunting her many affairs to her husband. When one of her lovers is murdered, Vic hints to her latest conquest that he was responsible. As rumours spread about Vic’s vicious streak, fiction and reality start to converge. It’s only a matter of time before Vic really does have blood on his hands.

To everyone around them, Melinda and Vic Van Allen are the perfect couple – young, wealthy and attractive. But when their love sours, their mind games reach a twisted, dangerous climax.


‘The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense’ Mark Billingham


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Plus, click here to discover what we’ve read so far this year.

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