The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh - Book Review

An ARC copy of The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh from Netgalley provided me with the chance to read this novel.

This book was unlike any other book I've read, at least recently. Sophie does a wonderful job on immersing you into the story of 3 young women discovering their themselves while tucked away from the rest of society. Growing up in a world unlike any other with the threat of what men are capable of, Lia, Sky, and Grace uncover the truths of their parents and the lies they were told to keep them right where they are.

Maybe when the plan was in its infancy it sounded like a way to protect the young girls. Yet, with their ideas of proving one's love with painful and horrific tests the young women find themselves more confused with life and knowing who they can trust and where they might fit in. We always learn, a little too late sometimes, that it's never quite what it seems, for the girls the time spent living away from the mainland just prove to be more troubling than anything they could have witnessed outside of the boundaries. It's hard to write a review for this one without giving away major details but I promise you you'll want to check this one out!

The book in some way reminds me of "A Cure for Wellness" with a "Handmaid's Tale" twist and does not disappoint. Also, surprisingly I found myself longing for one of Virginia Woolf's novels afterward to pick back up on the descriptiveness of Sophie's book.


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 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 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.

The Water Cure: A Novel
By Sophie Mackintosh