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The Water Cure review

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars

Format: library eaudiobook

Summary: Three sisters, Grace, Lia and Sky, live isolated on an island. Their father has gone missing but they continue to practice the rituals he put in place. Their world is rocked when three men come to the island, they’ve never seen any other man besides their father. 

Review: I don’t know why this was compared to The Handmaid’s Tale aside from the fact that Margaret Atwood wrote a blurb for it. So just a heads uo, it’s not really like THT at all.

I didn’t dig this one a whole lot, it was difficult to follow. It starts intriguingly but it begins to drag and takes some weird ass turns. It was hard to tell who was the narrator during many points of the novel, which was disconcerting. It took most of the novel to be able to finally figure the three sisters’ ages, I legit thought they are teens but they are in their twenties. 

When I wasn’t confused as to what was going on I was either weirded out of bored. There is a ton of abuse within the novel, most of not all of their rituals are brutal to their bodies. They all have scars from the various rituals they do. It’s pretty clear this is some sort of cult.

I do like an unreliable narrator but this was beyond what I’m able to handle. I mean, I understand at a certain level these girls don’t know what’s going on themselves. The world building threw me for a loop and I really don’t know if it was post apocalyptic or if they were just an insane cult. I just don’t know what’s going on and I’m lost about most everything in this. 

Recommendation: This book made the rounds on almost everyone’s bookstagram. This one didn’t live up to the hype for me. 

2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A book told from multiple character POVs

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