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Friday, July 13, 2018

Review of The Water Cure



The Water Cure
by Sophie Mackintosh

“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."

I’ve waited weeks to write this review, because when I finished I wasn’t even sure how I felt about the book. I don’t mean that I was unsure if I liked it, but rather the content of the book was so heavy and so muddled that I needed some time to sift through it alone.


“Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them against the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.”

So, The Water Cure features a family of five. Two parents—Mother and King, and three girls—Grace, Lia, and Sky. From the moment you start reading this book you know there’s something funny about this family.

I don’t know what year it is or their exact geographical location, but King has taken his women and moved them to a deserted island to protect them. Or so he thought.

As the quote directly from the book states above, some of the rituals Mother and King made their daughters do for protection and healing were cult like. And, truly, most of the rituals bordered on  abusive.

Drinking salt water

Being sewn into a sac and put into a sauna

Being held underwater by a dress filled with weights

Anti-depressants

Anti-psychotics

Cutting

Rape.

I had so many questions while reading this book, and most of the time they didn’t get answered. This was kind of a beautiful thing while reading, though, because I was able to share in the confusion that the girls were experiencing.

Then, King dies.

The women are lost, they’re running low on supplies, and then three men wash up on shore.
The girls have never met men other than King, and they’ve been conditioned to believe that the very air that the men release from their lungs will poison them. The girls must learn to cohabitate in the absence of BOTH of their parents when their mother sets off for supplies from the mainland.

This is when the real growth and change began.

The girls are different. They’re unstable.

Pregnancy, lust, and anxiety threaten to tear them apart.

"There is no hiding the damage the outside world can do, if a woman hasn't been taking the right precautions to guard her body."

Sophie Mackintosh made me feel like I was floating in the water watching all of this happen right before my eyes. I was right next to the girls as they made discoveries. The writing was both mystical and harsh.

It wasn’t a book that I tore through at lightning speed, but don’t let that discount it’s content. I was emotionally invested in this book, and the dark corners were meant to be savored not devoured.


To buy: The Water Cure


Thank you Sophie and NetGalley for the Review Copy.

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