Published by Double Day on May 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Social Science, Fantasy
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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.
The Water Cure tells the story of three young women, they’ve grown up away from people and believe they live in a world that is filled with sickness and men are never to be trusted.
Sky, Grace Lia, their mother, their father who they call King, have lived in as reclusives, with the occasional woman who come for their help. They have these rituals that are meant to cleanse them, give them a new start. These tasks are grueling and self harming and completely bizarre. But they truly believe this works in their favors it gives them some kind of power of the evils that surround them. Men…
I felt from the start that the things going on in this house was beyond strange. And the relationship between the father/King was something else all together. After his death however, the mother became more controlling and almost mean to the girls, but she claims it is in their best interest to make them stronger. Enter the men who washed up on shore. Of course, this is when the girls start to question what they’ve been told about men. Are they really all that bad, and untrust worthy? Or, was everything they were told just keep them trapped in this strange little world that their mother and King made for them?
This was definitely a strange read for me, and it did take a little for me to get into. There were so many questions about their beliefs of the outside world and the rituals they used, but very little answers. In the end, the strangest of this story kept me wanting to know more. I know it sounds like as if I didn’t enjoy this, but on the contrary, it was a book I couldn’t put down. And, I actually liked the fact that we are left to come up with our own answers, it worked pretty well even with the way it all ended.
Overall, Mackintosh created an atmospheric and spellbinding world, where women strive for strength and I would definitely say give this one a try, it’s a good one.
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