Dystopian, Reviews

/ Arc Book Review / The Water Cure / Sophie Mackintosh /



Release Date-24th May 2018
Publisher-Penguin Books
Genre-Literary Fiction
Kindle Edition-226 Pages



‘An extraordinary debut novel. Otherworldly, luminous, precise… She is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world’ Guardian

‘Bold, inventive, haunting… With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you’ll be bowled over by it’ Stylist

‘Visceral, hypnotic… with one of my favourite endings I’ve read in a long while’ The Pool

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.

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

‘Immensely assured, calmly devastating’ Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered

‘A work of cool, claustrophobic beauty’ Eli Goldstone, author of Strange Heart Beating

‘Eerily beautiful, strange [and] unsettling’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

‘Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I’d been waiting to read for a long time’ Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals




The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 by Sophie Mackintosh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


2 Stars
Arc Book Review
Release Date-24/5/18

This one really wasn’t for me at all and originally I did stop at 39% and it was going to be a DNF.
But I decided to persevere and forced myself to finish. Hoping it would get better.
I’m sorry to say for me it didn’t.
So although on paper this seemed a good fit for me in actuality it just wasn’t.
I have seen reviews on “The Wate Cure” praising the brilliance of the prose and yes while I do agree the language used here had an almost fluid brilliance to it it still for me fell flat in capturing and then retaining my complete attention.
I don’t mind admitting I felt a little lost in my overall comprehension here and while scratching my head still in confusion at a third in I decided enough was enough.
That was when I decided to down tools before later reconsidering as I just didn’t want to be beaten by this.
I really didn’t have the foggiest most of the time what the deal was here and if I’m honest I was bored and couldn’t be bothered to stay the course and find out really.
It was my sheer bloody determination that got me through this.
I am if I’m honest slightly disappointed as the blurb for this was ever so intriguing but In my opinion, this was spoiled by attempting to be too highbrow in its execution keeping me in an unnecessary state of confusion that for me rather than making me want to know more just did the complete opposite.
I don’t know what I expected from this but this sure wasn’t it.
Maybe I’m just not clever enough to truly appreciate “The Water Cure”
I read to escape and this was just too much like hard work for me.
I’m sure there are others who will absolutely adore this strange dystopian type drama I’m just really not one of them sorry.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “The Water Cure” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.




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