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The Water Cure
The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Hypnotic, dreamlike and compulsive, a blazing literary debut for fans of Hot Milk, The Girls andTheVegetarian 'Immensely assured, calmly devastating. This is a gem of a novel and I was bowled over by it' - Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered 'I loved this book. It rushes you through to the end on a tide of tension and closely held panic. Eerie, electric, beautiful' - Daisy Johnson, author of Fen 'Creepy and delightful - it has a pinch of Shirley Jackson, a dash of chlorine, and an essence all of its own' - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You 'Devastating. A work of cool, claustrophobic beauty' Eli Goldstone, author of Strange Heart Beating Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them - three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake. The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.
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KarenUK
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day5 💕

I tag @squirrelbrain if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Ha!! Somebody else was feeling you today 😘😘 1mo
KarenUK So they are! But slightly different covers I think which is odd! Such a subtle change! @Barbarabb 1mo
Cinfhen Oh!! You‘re 💯correct!!! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @KarenUK Real subtle indeed! What a coincidence we thought of the the same cover on the same day! 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘d love to take part @KarenUK - maybe tomorrow or the next day to start though... on my way straight from work to the cinema (Margaret Atwood - yay!) so won‘t get chance to peruse the shelves until then! 😁😘 1mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain how exciting! 1mo
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DebinHawaii
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My usual before errands breakfast 🥑🍞☕️& checking to see if this library e-book is for me. I had it on hold & it finally came in but it has plenty mixed reviews & I have plenty more books waiting in line. 📚📚📚😬📚📚Off to run my Saturday errands & then hopefully a nap & some reading later. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.☀️

catebutler Looks delicious! Your Saturday sounds busy and delightful. 3mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

So-so on this one. I don‘t feel that an author has to spell out everything in a book, but this one could have used a few more details to help me understand the world of the story.

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Bookgirl
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Mehso-so

Billed as “feminist revenge fantasy.” Nope. 3 sisters are raised in seclusion by their sadistic parents and taught to fear men. There‘s some sort of dystopian patriarchal state of the world plus actual toxins (??) but we never learn anything about either - or if they are even real. Also the girls are taught that feelings are toxic, as is love. Dad disappears and three males show up on the island. Chaos ensues. The writing is lovely but meh.

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Debblyliz
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A dark story detailing the life of 3 sisters who lived with their parents away from other people, particularly men and have no experience to draw upon when 2 men and 1 boy arrive one day. I found this to be an uncomfortable read involving abuse of children and women, a story which kept popping into my head for a few days after I finished.

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Niso
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Another casualty of the “feminist dystopian” publishing/marketing trend. It‘s about 3 girls living on an island with their parents, following a dystopian/pollution/men-related catastrophe?? Though supposed to be about men abusing women, the abuse is alluded to but never shown/explained. In fact, the Mother is the most abusive/unredeemable character in this unresolved narrative with numerous loose ends & threads.

TrishB I didn‘t like this one either. 3mo
Niso @TrishB It felt I needed to be in author head to just understand WTH is going on. It should have been about dysfunctional families and abusive parents, but I guess her agent/publisher thought that wasn't trendy/marketable enough. Which is a shame as her writing was at times hauntingly beautiful and quite moving. (edited) 3mo
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amyf0x
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Sisters Grace, Lia and Sky have grown up in isolation according to the strict rules and dark lore of their parents, but then strangers come to their shore and they start having to make their own difficult choices.

Read July 1-5
Book 36/55

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PassionatelyCurious
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“Every time I think, ‘I am very lonely,‘ it becomes bleaker and more true. You can think things into being. You can dwell them up from the ground.”

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danibel
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Currently reading

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JenniferEgnor
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We could walk into the ocean with our hands linked and know it was over, that it was finally over and would always be over.

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JenniferEgnor
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Sometimes she was my enemy and sometimes she was just my mother, an enemy in a different way.

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JenniferEgnor
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I pull up a net full of writhing silver fish and let them die in the bottom of the boat, watching them as their breathing grows more desperate. Eventually it stops. I know the feeling, I tell them.

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JenniferEgnor
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The boy is crying again, his face alien and liquid, and the man mouths a word at me, which I realize is Please. I am not used to being offered this word. It is a spell, a weakness. I am moved; I let them in.

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laurenslibrary
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Guys I need your help with this one. I just got to part two and I'm not positive I want to keep going. If you've read this can you give me your opinion? Does it get any better? Should I just call it and DNF?

Update: DNF'ing.. just can't get into it!

Crazeedi Follow your gut, if it's not doing anything, dump it, too many books out there!! 4mo
BarbaraBB I kind of liked it but it doesn‘t get any better along the way. 4mo
shadowspeak17 I had mixed feelings about this one. There were parts that interested me, but then I‘d lose that interest again pretty quickly. I didn‘t feel like the story ever really pulled me in. I think if you‘re not liking it now, it‘s probably not going to get much better for you by the end. 4mo
Kaye Haven‘t read it. My motto is life‘s too short to waste on books you don‘t like . There are millions more waiting for you. (edited) 4mo
laurenslibrary @Crazeedi @BarbaraBB @shadowspeak17 @Kaye Thanks for your advice, guys! I'm gonna call it on this one. 4mo
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laurenslibrary
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Midday bath on a Thursday? Yes, please. 🛀🏽☕

Geeklet I have a bath bomb waiting at home for me! ❤️ 4mo
RvnclawWhovian A bathtub is one of my non-negotiables for our next house lol. Enjoy! 4mo
laurenslibrary @RvnclawWhovian I didn't have one for the longest time until we re-did our bathroom and now I'm obsessed with it! 4mo
Gina Oooohhhh gurlll you got it goin on! 4mo
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laurenslibrary
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So I stopped at the library today on a whim because I OBVIOUSLY don't own enough unread books to keep myself occupied (sarcasm) and decided to check out a few. Here's what I picked up!

BlameJennyJane I read “BTK” as “BTS” and wondered why one of those cute little boys looked so angry. 😂 4mo
laurenslibrary @BlameJennyJane Omg 😂😂😂💀💀💀 4mo
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Brie
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This was a bit of a slow, languid read. The tone matched the seaside setting but it had undercurrents of simmering rage beneath. Three sisters live isolated on an island with their Mother and King, their father. They are told to fear men & undergo various “therapies” which are really exercises in sadomasochism. Until one day King disappears & three men wash ashore. Everything they‘ve been taught is thrown into question & sibling rivalry erupts.

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TheSpineView
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karajay
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Hosted another successful book club last night. Love getting together with the ladies!

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Cinfhen
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#AnglophileApril #TheCure 🎸🎵You know that feeling when a book blurb promises you one thing and then you read the novel and think WTF??? That is NOT what I expected. Well this book, was that situation. Three sisters live on an isolated island with their mother and father ( the ONLY man they‘ve ever known). They‘ve been taught boys/men are dangerous. Then their dad disappears and 3 men appear on their island. What‘s a girl to do?? #BoysDontCry

RadicalReader The title made me think of the movie A Cure for Wellness starring Jason Issacs who was Lucius Malfoy in the HP Series 6mo
TrishB I really didn‘t like this book. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I see mixed reviews for this book! I‘m not in a hurry to pick it up. 6mo
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Cinfhen It was so odd...the premise was so promising but the book really didn‘t deliver @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I read it as an ARC and I basically skimmed through. Maybe I missed the good stuff 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
whatsthEStorey I bailed on this one. I found it jarringly odd and could not connect to any of the characters. It reminded me a little of Gather the Daughters. I must‘ve missed the good stuff, too! 6mo
Kalalalatja This really dissappointed me. I didn‘t hate it, but like you said, not what I expected 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
Mdargusch Well after reading these comments I‘m not going to hurry to read this. I thought the blurb sounded interesting. 6mo
Cinfhen I also kept thinking about Gather the Daughters @whatsthEStorey and I didn‘t like that book at all!!! Ask @Kalalalatja she gifted it to me because I had wanted to read it so badly. I think it‘s perfectly fine to skip this one @Mdargusch and it‘s too bad because the premise sounded good. 6mo
emmaturi I also thought it was ok but nothing special! 6mo
Cinfhen For me it was disturbing and confusing @emmaturi 😳 6mo
emilyhaldi Sounds fascinating but the reviews are a resounding 👎🏻 I‘ll be skipping this one! 6mo
Rissreads Sounds like you and I are on the same wavelength for this one! 😬 6mo
Cinfhen So disappointing @emilyhaldi @Rissreads although @Lindy just reviewed this book and she enjoyed it. Look for her review 💚 6mo
Rissreads Thanks I will 👍 6mo
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Lindy
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Refrain of the man universal: This is not my fault. See also: I absolve myself of responsibility. And: I never said that. You can‘t take the actions of my body as words.

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Lindy
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It took me a while to appreciate this nightmarish #audiobook, told in shifting POV, including choral narration. A couple have raised their 3 daughters in cultish seclusion (from a world poisoned by pollution & the patriarchy) with a sadistic regimen of physical & psychological exercises. It‘s a tale of sisterhood that raises the question: are women in society solely responsible for their own safety? Lyrical language & thought-provoking content.

Lindy @Ms.Story It‘s not for everyone, but maybe it‘s for you? 6mo
TrishB I thought there were some good themes trying to get out in this book, but the writing style just didn‘t do it for me. In the end it was just so-so for me and I didn‘t like it really. 6mo
cathysaid Interesting that you and @Cinfhen posted about this book at almost the same time! Now I‘ve GOT to read it! 6mo
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Lindy @TrishB I don‘t like sadism, so that aspect nearly made me bail early on. I enjoy shifting points of view, so that aspect was in my favour. The audiobook format (with multiple narrators) also helped pull me through the harder parts. 6mo
Lindy @cathysaid 😊👍 6mo
Cinfhen So interesting @cathysaid I totally missed this post!! Lindy is obviously a “better” reader than Cindy (😉) since I got nothing out of this book but the creeps!!! I‘d be curious to hear your thoughts. 6mo
Lindy @Cinfhen It certainly IS creepy. But so is current society‘s toxic masculinity. I recently read something on the same topic that addresses its effect on boys: 6mo
Cinfhen Your tagged book sounds brutal. I‘m not a fan of GN but I will seek this one out. 6mo
Cinfhen In terms of Water Cure, the story never really went anywhere for me. And I was trying to hard to figure out what was going on. The prose & tone just didn‘t work for me. 6mo
Lindy @Cinfhen Every book has its reader. I know you recognize that and can move on to something that‘s a better match for you. 😊 6mo
Cinfhen So true but I love reading reviews that are different from mine. It helps me to see a book in another light. Often at bookclub, a book i may not have cared for suddenly seems more interesting after we talk about it. It‘s hearing the others points of view that make the book more compelling. 6mo
Lindy @Cinfhen I like that too. 😊 6mo
Rissreads @Cinfhen @Lindy I usually love this genre but this book was hard work for me too. I stacked Home after dark, it sounds interesting 👍 6mo
Lindy @Rissreads When you get to Home After Dark, I look forward to your thoughts on it. 😊 6mo
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Lindy
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Part of what made the old world so terrible, so prone to destruction, was a total lack of preparation for the personal energies often called feelings.

gradcat So pretty, those flowers.... 6mo
Lindy @gradcat Thanks. They are the most cheerful aspect of my garden at this time of the year. 6mo
gradcat I love the blue & purple...just lovely! You should be very proud of your garden. ❤️ 6mo
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Lindy @gradcat ☺️ 6mo
Freespirit Lovely❤️ 6mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous!!!!! 6mo
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Lindy
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I invite the confessionals of men. I am not a stranger to them. Absorbing the guilt and the sorrow is something the world expects of women.

Ms.Story I've been curious about this one. Looking forward to your review 😊 6mo
Lindy @Ms.Story I will tag you. I‘m letting it sit with me for a bit before writing a review. Short review:👍and 😨 6mo
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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this one.
Three sisters and their mother and father live in an old secluded hotel, seemingly hiding from a dystopian world. But women sometimes arrive, looking for therapy to recover from the wrongs done to them by men.

I think the writing style kept me distant from the characters.

The kitten pictured has moved in under my porch. I‘m trying to find her owners before I try to find her a new home. She‘s sweet.

Clwojick Oh my gosh, such a sweet kitten. She looks like she wants love. 6mo
Texreader Adorable!! ❤️😻 6mo
Leftcoastzen Cutie! 6mo
LauraJ Aww, such unique coloring! Good luck! 6mo
charl08 Mixed feelings here too (but not about the kitten!) 6mo
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karajay
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I audibly gasped while reading this book and when I relayed the story to my bf it was answered with "wtf"
I highly recommend reading this one!

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KatsGypsySoul
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Am I trying to jam a book club book into a week? Yup sure am. The writing in this one is very choppy. It's almost uncomfortable to read for me - but hopefully I will get used to it. That's the point of book clubs right? To get you to read books you normally wouldn't? #procrastinationstation #bookclubpick #booksandcoffee #muglove

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karajay
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Starting this beauty!

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Lauren890
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Mehso-so

I‘m finding this book difficult to review. Its beautifully written and drew me in but it‘s unsettling. I like how the author used different points of view so intentionally. It‘s definitely felt spooky, but by the end I felt like it was overall just ok. 😕

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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️1/2
I just... hmm... I have mixed feelings about this book. I did like parts of it, but the entire novel I vacillated between intrigue and boredom. During those moments of piqued interest, I would think maybe this is when I‘ll really get drawn into the story. But unfortunately, I never really did.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

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RidgewayGirl
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Mehso-so

This is an odd, atmospheric dystopian novel. Lia and her sisters have been raised isolated on an island. Their parents have told them that the world hurts women and that the land itself is toxic. They protect themselves with constant tests and appeasements. Then their father disappears and two men and a boy appear on their shore.

Since the reader knows only what Lia does, much remains unexplained about the world this book is set in.

BarbaraBB Great pic. The premise of this book was very good but then it didn‘t live up to that I think, probably because we had just her point of view indeed. 6mo
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shadowspeak17
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Okay, yeah, the avalanche is definitely starting. 😂🙃 I wasn‘t expecting this one for another three weeks either, and I‘ve got four others sitting at ~2 weeks. Oh dear... 😅

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teafetish
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I also finally got this beauty from my library

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DancingPhoenix
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Spooky and otherworldly. Took a couple of chapters to warm up to it, and then I couldn‘t put it down. Perfect hammock by a river read. I loved the water imagery & that the action took place in a lonely house near the ocean.

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lauren.lerner
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It‘s my birthday week so as a gift to myself, I‘m giving myself a balanced #currentlyreading stack. One middle grade, one non-fiction, one anthology, and one #Kindle book.

📚

JennyM Happy birthday 🥳 7mo
Kalalalatja Happy birthday! 7mo
JacqMac Perfect! Happy Birthday! 7mo
xxjenadanxx Happy Birthday! 🎈🎉🎁 7mo
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lauren.lerner
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I failed to do enough walking while in Florida to finish this one so it‘s back on hold. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(Probably going to buy this one for my #Kindle while I wait for the #audiobook, which will be a great #reread later this spring!)

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FairyHighRoad
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What did I just read? Don‘t promise me a “feminist dystopia” and give me this crap. If anyone is interested in real feminist dystopias, I recommend Red Clocks and The Power.

Alfoster Agree! I was disappointed with this one too! 7mo
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Wow. I see a lot of reviews complaining about the women being monsters in this novel. This book gave me a lot of anxiety and I felt a lot of sympathy for these characters. It‘s a very tense read.

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Godpants
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Such mixed reviews on this one. It sounds right up my alley so still looking forward to it.

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KatieDid927
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Had a rough day so went to @strandbookstore and went a lil crazy. In my defense, my state refund came in today and all except The Changeling are used. Amber Tamblyn‘s book is even signed! Also got some swap gifts! #bookhaul

Crazeedi Nice book stack! 😊 enjoy! 7mo
j9brown Wooo nice! (And thanks for the taxes reminder, guess who hasn't even made a pile of things yet...) 7mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Gorgeous, immersive novel. Mackintosh builds a world of women (1 mother, 3 daughters), ruled by one man, King. They live an isolated island life with a barrier of toxicity and fear of the evil of men. The narrative alternates between the unified voice of the girls, Lia's perspective, and Grace's POV. The girls seem to be of one mind until their lives start changing when King disappears and men arrive on the island. Fascinating, surreal novel.

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lauren.lerner
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Had an amazing #audiowalk with the Little Dude and my dister (dog sister), Lucy, this morning. Almost four miles! This book kept me going much longer than I‘d planned — I am enjoying the style it‘s written in and the disparate voices telling it.
🚶🏻‍♀️🌴🌊
#dystopian #audiobook #florida #vacationstack

jhod Having read the book looks like a great environment to read it in! 7mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 7mo
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Rissreads
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Well what the hell did I just read? I usually love dystopian novels but This book was so vague. It was such hard work. I kept reading always hoping that all the questions would be answered, but when I got to the end I still had no answers. I still don‘t know if the world outside was full of real dangers or if it was all fabricated in their heads! I wish I had read it with other smarter people to explain it to me!

readingjedi I felt pretty much the same about this one 🤔 7mo
wordzie 😁😁 7mo
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Rissreads
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Beautiful spot to sit and read......

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lauren.lerner
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I had forgotten that I put this on hold until it automatically downloaded to Libby. The Little Dude and I are about to spend a week with my parents in Florida so this will probably come in handy to have when I take him for one of our #audiowalks! 🎧🚶🏻‍♀️

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“If we were to spit at them they would spit back harder. We expected that-we we‘re prepared for it even. What we didn‘t expect was their growing outrage that we even dared to have moisture in our mouths. Then outrage that we had mouths at all. They would have liked us all dead, I know that now.”

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shaynarae
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I blew through this book in a day - it was so lovely yet dark and such a great read! Its description as a feminist dystopian novel is appropriate. A family of 3 sisters, mother, and a father (who has recently disappeared) live on an island isolated/quarantined from a larger disaster that has afflicted the mainland. When 3 men show up on the island, it changes the sisters‘ relationships to what they had previously known.

aeeklund This book was so fascinating. 8mo
shaynarae @aeeklund Agreed! 8mo
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Decalino
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I read this for book club and it was not at all what I expected. Rather than a dystopia on a societal level, The Water Cure was the story of family dysfunction and madness on a mythical level. Three sisters live on an island, their only knowledge of the outside world derived from the brutal and cult-like lessons their parents inflict upon them, and make them inflict on one another. Should make for an interesting discussion, but it left me queasy.

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bohemian_yogini
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Mackintosh‘s writing is hypnotic and introspective. She evocatively paints the psychological effects of isolation and abuse disguised as love and culture, and the complex relationships between the sisters who must endure life on the isolated island their parents brought them to for safety. 3.5/5 📖 #bookswithbohemianyogini

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