Book Review- The Water Cure

Thursday, 19 July 2018
Title: The Water Cure
Author: Sophie Mackintosh
Published: 31st May 2018
Pages: 240
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 2.5/5

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. -Goodreads
My thanks to Net Galley and Penguin Books UK for the review copy.

This is one of those novels where the blurb does not give you a particularly in depth or detailed description of what the novel contains. Admittedly I was drawn in by the similarities that were mentioned between The Handmaid’s Tale and The Virgin Suicides and I thought it seemed like something different to what I normally read, and I love The Handmaid’s Tale so I had quite high hopes.
Honestly I just don’t think this novel was for me. I’ve seen many others have really enjoyed it; both other bloggers, and people I speak to in work. It just didn’t work for me!
The plot had quite a few holes in it, I understand that there is an air of mystery around the novel, as we are not sure what has happened to the world, and we are just not sure what is true. However, there just was too much confusion around too many things for me to really get a grip on the novel, Even at the end of the novel nothing was much clearer, and honestly I questioned why I had bothered reading the novel at all, as I ended with more questions and confusion than I started with.
The novel is narrated in turn by the three sisters, although Lia does the most narrating. I quite liked how unreliable all the narrators were, and how quite often what they had said would be contradicted or completely falsified by what a sister said in the next chapter. However, the unreliability became wearing when nothing was ever clarified or explained at all.
Unfortunately I also found the novel to be quite predictable. As soon as the men turned up, things went almost exactly as I thought they might, and that was quite disappointing. I wanted more tension and more twists and turns, which would have helped elevate what is quite a dark and sombre novel into something more.


  1. this isnt something i usually read so even tho i was kinda interested ihavent picked it up. i dont think i will. great review

    1. Yeah honestly it sounded really intriguing but it was all a bit vague! Thanks for reading!

  2. It's a shame you didn't like this one. It doesn't sound like my kind of thing.

  3. I'm so sorry this didn't live up to your expectations!!

  4. Huh. I think I'd have probably picked this up if you hadn't disliked it - thanks for preventing me, but I wish this had been what you wanted! :(

  5. I've been unsure about this one, decided to wait until I can borrow a copy.


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