The Water Cure

The Water Cure

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 Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to ...

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Title:The Water Cure
Author:Sophie Mackintosh
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Water Cure Reviews

  • Anita Pomerantz
    Aug 09, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

    Three sisters take turn to narrate this coming of age tale, with its gothic influence reminiscent of elemental folk tales and Shakespearian plots (King Lear is the obvious one that springs to mind). The disturbingly ambiguous atmosphere surrounding the girls situation ? segregated fr...

    I adore the concept of this book, and it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what I look for from my favourite reads. Three sisters have been raised in isolation by their parents. They have been taught to fear men and the toxins that now plague the outside world, exposure to which would m...

    Described as a feminist dystopian tale, this novel has been compared to The Virgin Suicides, The Handmaid's Tale, The Beguiled, The Tempest, even King Lear. Most of all, however, the mood of this book reminds me of Wuthering Heights. Three sisters ? Grace, Lia and Sky ? grow up...

    This was such an atmospheric,strange read! ...

    3.5 stars. ?Part of what makes the old world so terrible, so prone to destruction, was a total lack of preparation for the personal energies often called feelings. Mother told us about these energies. Especially dangerous for women, our bodies already so vulnerable in ways that th...

    This book is very ambiguous, and I really don?t like novels where I have to read between the lines in order to find any story. It?s an interesting concept, but I didn?t feel satisfied once I?d finished it, and already I can tell that in a years time, I will struggle to remember...

    There are two ways to read this book: as some kind of feminist themed dystopian novel with a big important message. Or, as a story of a dysfunctional family with a father who has the appeal of a cult leader. If you read it as the former (and my sense is that the book is being promoted ...

  • Sara
    Feb 25, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

  • Paul Fulcher
    Aug 06, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

  • Rachel
    Dec 15, 2017

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

  • Trudie
    Jul 27, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

  • Marchpane
    Aug 05, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    Jul 31, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

  • Melanie  (Perpetually Reading)
    May 31, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

  • Hollis
    Mar 28, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

  • Anne HS
    Jul 17, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

    Three sisters take turn to narrate this coming of age tale, with its gothic influence reminiscent of elemental folk tales and Shakespearian plots (King Lear is the obvious one that springs to mind). The disturbingly ambiguous atmosphere surrounding the girls situation ? segregated fr...

  • Tim
    Jul 28, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

  • Umut Rados
    Aug 06, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

  • Doug
    Aug 01, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

  • Callum McLaughlin
    Jun 17, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

    Three sisters take turn to narrate this coming of age tale, with its gothic influence reminiscent of elemental folk tales and Shakespearian plots (King Lear is the obvious one that springs to mind). The disturbingly ambiguous atmosphere surrounding the girls situation ? segregated fr...

    I adore the concept of this book, and it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what I look for from my favourite reads. Three sisters have been raised in isolation by their parents. They have been taught to fear men and the toxins that now plague the outside world, exposure to which would m...

  • Tiffany PSquared
    Jun 22, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

  • Jonathan Pool
    Jul 29, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

  • Nina
    Jul 21, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

    Three sisters take turn to narrate this coming of age tale, with its gothic influence reminiscent of elemental folk tales and Shakespearian plots (King Lear is the obvious one that springs to mind). The disturbingly ambiguous atmosphere surrounding the girls situation ? segregated fr...

    I adore the concept of this book, and it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what I look for from my favourite reads. Three sisters have been raised in isolation by their parents. They have been taught to fear men and the toxins that now plague the outside world, exposure to which would m...

    Described as a feminist dystopian tale, this novel has been compared to The Virgin Suicides, The Handmaid's Tale, The Beguiled, The Tempest, even King Lear. Most of all, however, the mood of this book reminds me of Wuthering Heights. Three sisters ? Grace, Lia and Sky ? grow up...

    This was such an atmospheric,strange read! ...

    3.5 stars. ?Part of what makes the old world so terrible, so prone to destruction, was a total lack of preparation for the personal energies often called feelings. Mother told us about these energies. Especially dangerous for women, our bodies already so vulnerable in ways that th...

    This book is very ambiguous, and I really don?t like novels where I have to read between the lines in order to find any story. It?s an interesting concept, but I didn?t feel satisfied once I?d finished it, and already I can tell that in a years time, I will struggle to remember...

  • Eric Anderson
    Jul 18, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

  • Hugh
    Jul 24, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

  • Marjorie
    Apr 07, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

  • Neil
    Dec 13, 2017

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

  • Gumble's Yard
    Jul 23, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

  • Britta Böhler
    Jul 24, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

  • Hannah
    May 10, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

  • Dannii Elle
    Jul 16, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

  • Lucy Banks
    Feb 15, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

  • Meike
    Aug 04, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

  • But_i_thought_
    Jun 27, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

    Three sisters take turn to narrate this coming of age tale, with its gothic influence reminiscent of elemental folk tales and Shakespearian plots (King Lear is the obvious one that springs to mind). The disturbingly ambiguous atmosphere surrounding the girls situation ? segregated fr...

    I adore the concept of this book, and it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what I look for from my favourite reads. Three sisters have been raised in isolation by their parents. They have been taught to fear men and the toxins that now plague the outside world, exposure to which would m...

    Described as a feminist dystopian tale, this novel has been compared to The Virgin Suicides, The Handmaid's Tale, The Beguiled, The Tempest, even King Lear. Most of all, however, the mood of this book reminds me of Wuthering Heights. Three sisters ? Grace, Lia and Sky ? grow up...

  • Seroxx83
    Jun 20, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

    Three sisters take turn to narrate this coming of age tale, with its gothic influence reminiscent of elemental folk tales and Shakespearian plots (King Lear is the obvious one that springs to mind). The disturbingly ambiguous atmosphere surrounding the girls situation ? segregated fr...

    I adore the concept of this book, and it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what I look for from my favourite reads. Three sisters have been raised in isolation by their parents. They have been taught to fear men and the toxins that now plague the outside world, exposure to which would m...

    Described as a feminist dystopian tale, this novel has been compared to The Virgin Suicides, The Handmaid's Tale, The Beguiled, The Tempest, even King Lear. Most of all, however, the mood of this book reminds me of Wuthering Heights. Three sisters ? Grace, Lia and Sky ? grow up...

    This was such an atmospheric,strange read! ...

  • ns510
    Aug 08, 2018

    This book. It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface - no one will...

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I went into this blind not even aware it was a "female dystopia". The writing is initi...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don't want to be too negative either. The plot centres on a family living i...

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment. I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Z...

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... 2.5 stars. I haven?t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot. I think I can say, it wasn?t a pleasant read that blew...

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in star...

    The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the more for that. This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father. They believe the outside world is dangero...

    Once we [three sisters] have a father, but our father dies without us noticing. As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after ...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters; Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the 'King'. Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never k...

    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 a...

    --- This review contains spoilers --- --- Trigger warnings: violence, physical and mental abuse --- 3.5 stars. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults. Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle p...

    Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner. Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world. It feels e...

    "We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable. It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right." Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn't it...

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also ? literally ? toxic. The ?dystopian? premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned w...

    My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh. I guess I am out of kilter. I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long li...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Elusive, haunting - expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places. I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different - and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category...

    Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family. The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father (King), a mother (Mother), and three sisters (Lia, Grace, and Sky). The sisters are raised in isolatio...

    I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads-wise. The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in.. I thi...

    "I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery." The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up: three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subjec...

    The thing I liked most about this book is that the author does not feel the need to explain everything to the reader: there are plenty of gaps for your own imagination to work with. The thing I liked least about this book is that the author does not explain enough to the reader. It?...

    My sincere thanks to both Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this, in exchange for my honest review. 3.5, rounded up. For the most part I really enjoyed this debut novel, and while I am not quite so sure it is 'Booker material' (although I ...

    Grace, Lia and Sky have been taught by their parents to fear men. Their father, King, has taken them to an isolated location and has surrounded the area with barbed wire and has put buoys out in the water. He doesn?t want anyone to enter, nor does he want his daughters to leave. The ...

    Three sisters take turn to narrate this coming of age tale, with its gothic influence reminiscent of elemental folk tales and Shakespearian plots (King Lear is the obvious one that springs to mind). The disturbingly ambiguous atmosphere surrounding the girls situation ? segregated fr...

    I adore the concept of this book, and it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what I look for from my favourite reads. Three sisters have been raised in isolation by their parents. They have been taught to fear men and the toxins that now plague the outside world, exposure to which would m...

    Described as a feminist dystopian tale, this novel has been compared to The Virgin Suicides, The Handmaid's Tale, The Beguiled, The Tempest, even King Lear. Most of all, however, the mood of this book reminds me of Wuthering Heights. Three sisters ? Grace, Lia and Sky ? grow up...

    This was such an atmospheric,strange read! ...

    3.5 stars. ?Part of what makes the old world so terrible, so prone to destruction, was a total lack of preparation for the personal energies often called feelings. Mother told us about these energies. Especially dangerous for women, our bodies already so vulnerable in ways that th...