Have you ever read a book that just stays with you? Long after you’ve finished the final page and put the book down. This is what I think The Water Cure did, it stays with you long after you’ve finished it.
I read a Netgalley proof of this book late last year, November time. I gobbled it up whilst sat next to the pool on holiday and then I didn’t think about it for a while, life got pretty hectic. And then it arrived on the new Hardback Fiction at work.
Okay, okay, not quite so literally, but you get it right?
Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia, and Sky kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.
Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood, and transformation.
A very interesting book. This story will have you puzzled and enthralled at the same time, I couldn’t put this book down! The child-like innocence of the characters that clash with the harsh realities and ideals of their parents, the ending is wonderful, especially if you’ve been rooting for the girls all the while.
Star Rating – 3 Stars
In recent reviews, you will see the whole ‘if you liked The Handmaids Tale, then you’ll like this’. I haven’t yet read that book, although it is now added to my TBR pile, but just a heads up – reviewers are saying if you liked that book, then you’ll love this.
We’re introduced to three sisters; Grace, Lia, Sky, brought up on an island by their parents, Mother and King (who are also psychologists FYI). Separated by the world, the girls are fed stories about what goes on outside their bubble, specifically that men are bad and use women.
The girls watch as women come to their island to seek treatment and them themselves are subjected to ‘treatment’ by their parents.
King disappears, leaving their Mother in charge. Nothing is mentioned to the girls and the treatments continue, pushing each sister against each other.
One day 3 men wash up on the beach; two adults and a young boy. This, of course, intrigues the girls and opens a door to another world, especially to Lia, who is more curious and curious by the day.
Then Mother vanishes and the girls don’t know what to do, finding missing pieces to a puzzle, the girls are bombarded with information from the three outsiders before taking matters into their own hands.
With the narratives of three young girls, you wonder how true King’s warnings are and how much is just fear forced upon the girls.
I found these a fabulous read and would recommend it to those who enjoyed The Handmaids Tale or, like me, haven’t read it yet. This book will stay with you for a long while after you’ve finished the final page.
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?