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Book Review: The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Goodreads summary: 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. 

This whole book was so intriguing: the cover, the blurb, everything. The first section of the book alternates between the point of the three sisters as a collective and individually, then the remainder of the book is, for the majority, told from Lia’s POV. I really liked that it started this way – I don’t have sisters but I began to understand the potential strength of that bond through those collective chapters. It took me a while to read this; not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because it doesn’t demand to be read in that way. Honestly, it reminded me of the feeling I get when I watch a Sofia Coppola movie. The whole story seemed awash in a rosy sepia that makes everything seem beautiful but you know there’s something eerie happening underneath all that. It had a dreamy quality to it that made me feel like it was okay to take it slow, despite how much the tension was building. I thought the whole thing was brilliant and I really hope it makes the Man Booker Prize shortlist this year.

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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