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Water Lily [Paperback]

Susanna Jones
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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5 Mar 2004

Runa is a young Japanese high school teacher leaving the country to avoid the scandal she has created by sleeping with one of her students. She steals her sister’s passport and boards the ferry to Shanghai. Then, careful to impersonate her sister, she is quiet, docile and discreet…

Meanwhile, on the last stretch of a fraught and tiring mission to find a wife, an Englishman also boards the ferry. Rebuffed in Tokyo, Ralph hopes that on the Chinese mainland he will meet a gentle, beautiful girl to return home with.

When these two meet, suppressing at first their secrets and obsessions on this long and claustrophobic journey, we enter a desolate, emotional landscape as Runa’s journey begins to turn into a surreal and terrifying nightmare . . .



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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (5 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330485830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330485838
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,101,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susanna Jones grew up in Yorkshire and studied drama at London University, where she first became fascinated by Japanese culture. She has worked in Japan as a teacher and radio script editor and currently lives in Brighton. This is her second novel, following The Earthquake Bird, which won the 2001 CWA John Creasey Award for Best First Crime Novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but disappointing 1 Feb 2012
By Dr. Rox
Format:Paperback
Jones has an impressive ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. Her debut novel, "The Earthquake Bird" had me absolutely gripped. This, her follow-up, shares many of the traits of its predecessor: both are set in Japan and feature a bit of a bad girl protagonist, on the run from former relationships. This time around, the heroine is Runa, a young teacher who is on the run as her affair with a pupil threatens to become public. She boards the ferry to Shanghai, hoping to start a new life in China. During the voyage, Runa's life collides with that of Ralph, a creepy middle-aged Brit, who is travelling to find himself a wife, a submissive "Oriental Blossom" like those described in his mail-order catalogue. But Ralph, like Runa, isn't quite who he seems. It's a great premise but somehow or other "Water Lily" didn't quite deliver for me. It's one of those suspenseful novels that builds up and up, and then just rushes to end far too quickly and in a way that I at least felt to be a disappointment. I went from not being able to put it down to throwing it down in annoyance. I'm glad I read this, and Jones's exploration of the mentality and desperation of somebody who would turn to mail-order brides feels really convincing, but I hope her next book will be a bit more consistently satisfying!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An evocative and chilling novel. 9 April 2003
Format:Paperback
I read Susanna Jones' first book The Earthquake Bird last year and enjoyed it immensely. I was looking forward to reading Water Lily and was glad to find that it more than lived up to my expectations. Jones's spare, finely crafted writing once again creates a dark atmosphere where nothing can be taken at face value. The moral ambiguity of the two main characters is both disturbing and compelling and Jones artfully weaves their strange lives together in a chilling plot that had me turning the last pages way into the early hours. Excellent.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 8 April 2003
Format:Paperback
I read Susanna Jones' first book The Earthquake Bird last year and enjoyed it immensely. I was looking forward to reading Water Lily and was glad to find that it more than lived up to my expectations. Jones's spare, finely crafted writing once again creates a dark atmosphere where nothing can be taken at face value. The moral ambiguity of the two main characters is both disturbing and compelling and Jones artfully weaves their strange lives together in a chilling plot that had me turning the last pages way into the early hours. A really excellent novel.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 8 April 2003
Format:Paperback
I read Susanna Jones' first book The Earthquake Bird last year and enjoyed it immensely. I was looking forward to reading Water Lily and was glad to find that it more than lived up to my expectations. Jones's spare, finely crafted writing once again creates a dark atmosphere where nothing can be taken at face value. The moral ambiguity of the two main characters is both disturbing and compelling and Jones artfully weaves their strange lives together in a chilling plot that had me turning the last pages way into the early hours. A really excellent novel.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nonsense 30 May 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is so bad i never even finished it, which is something i never do.I did not enjoy it at all. It's badly written and just complete nonsense.
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