Reading roundup 27/11/19

This will be a short post today. Firstly, because I have only managed to finish one book this week. And secondly,  because we are living with a huge amount of stress on top of the usual level so I don’t have the strength to write very much!

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

I finished this book: Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure. Here is the blurb…

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has laid 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 three strange men 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.

And this was my response to the book on the Goodreads website…

The Water CureThe Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It irritates me that this book is described as a “feminist dystopia” and compared with excellent books like The Handmaid’s Tale. It simply doesn’t compare at all! I don’t think that it ranks as a feminist book either, as there is nothing feminist about it, as far as I can see.

I struggled with the first half of the book, but persevered and managed to finish with the story becoming more compelling in the second half. It is certainly an odd book and difficult to write about without spoilers. I am not sure why it was long-listed for a prize as it just does not seem to be of such a standard, but again there are very mixed views here so what do I know?

View all my reviews

I don’t seem to have had much luck with my recent choices from the Library’s ebook catalogue and this one was no exception. I am very pleased, however, that I am currently reading a far better book and will be able to write a much more positive review next week. Well, that’s assuming that this book carries on developing from a great beginning! I hope so.

Until next week: Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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