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Sunday, 12 August 2018

#BookReview The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh #20booksofsummer

About the book

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia, and Sky kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them - three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood, and transformation.

Published by Hamish Hamilton

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I struggled with this book to begin with, but am glad I stuck with it as I've been left marvelling over this dark and hypnotic novel.

3 sisters have been brought up to fear the world around them. Their parents are cruel, brutal and controlling. Every aspect of their life - if you can call it that - is watched over, even their thoughts begin to betray them and they often punish themselves to save themselves the torture their parents will dish out - both physically and mentally.

And then their father is gone so they think life will change. It doesn't. Their mother carries on the controlling lifestyle, and in some ways is even more vicious than their father. And then their sanctuary is 'invaded' by 3 strangers. 3 men. Their prescence isn't welcome especially by the mother, but the way the girls feel and behave begins to change and they're unsure of these new emotions and it is captivating to hear these new thoughts from the sisters. At the start it was quite difficult to differentiate between each of them, but over time you begin to see more of their different thought processes and how their upbringings have moulded their minds and responses to the situation they now find themselves in.

Their way of life changes even more when the mother goes missing,and this is when the book really comes into its' own as everything they've been taught and learned is slowly pulled apart by the strange men amongst them. They finally see people express love, have positive things to say about one another - completely alien to them and the brainwashing they've experienced under their parents.

I was completely captivated by this book once I'd got my head around the storyline. It is beautifully written, the short snappy chapters really pack a punch and the different viewpoints add so much to the impact of the abuse that these girls had suffered. 

A mesmerizing and powerful book.


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