Sophie Mackintosh – The Water Cure


“A gripping, sinister fable!” (Margaret Atwood, via Twitter)

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A 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 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.

Author: Sophie Mackintosh
Narrator: Hannah Murray, Gemma Whelan, Morfydd Clark
Duration: 7 hours 10 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2001
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This book has three sisters, none of whom seems to have any curiosity. Granted, they’ve been under a form of strict mind control by astonishingly cruel parents all their lives. But we are listening to their inner thoughts. No secret rebellion, nada. When outsiders enter their world they don’t ask them anything–where they come from, how they happened to wash up on the beach, do they have families, what is the outside world like… They just stare. They are hollow and viscous. Ugh. One might find this interesting as a dystopian psychological study in how to raise twisted, damaged humans. But the characters are not believable on any level. Even the visitors to the “island” seem to have no curiosity or initiative. Just murder.