The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh


The Water Cure by by Sophie Mackintosh

" In Mackintosh's stunning haunting novel, Grace, Lia and Sky are three sisters who have been raised by their parents on an island, and taught to fear men. When their father disappears and three strange men wash up on their shore soon after, the sisters react in different ways, and as their resulting suspicion, curiosity and desire change their way of life forever, we're left to wonder... what is it that's hurting them the most? This is a gorgeously-written and deeply disturbing fable that's hard to put down and hard to forget. "  - Recommended by Erika
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ISBN: 9780385543873
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Published: Doubleday - January 8th, 2019

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.


But when their father, the only man they've ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?


A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.