THE WATER CURE by Sophie Mackintosh

The Water Cure  The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

Three girls and their parents live alone on a supposed island. Taught that men are disease ridden things to be avoided at all costs.

There are drills, treatments and oh, yeah…they are all crazy as loons. We are left to figure out how they got there, why they are here and who knocked one of them up???

Honestly we are given no details. No questions were answered and you are left to interpret what is going on. And there is something going on and since I have no idea what, I’m going to say it was some type of cultish abuse going on.

But who knows. When I was finished I felt like I had wasted hours on an unfinished and unedited story. Told only from the viewpoints of the three sisters, I would have liked to hear from the parents. What happened to them and the outside world? Who knows. Not the reader.

Sorry but this one I will give a hard pass.

Netgalley/Doubleday Books    My paperwork says January 8, 2019

SOCIAL CREATURE by TARA ISABELLA BURTON

Social Creature

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them… They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste…

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

From the very first page, you know this is not going to end well. This tale of two young women who have nothing in common, except a need to be wanted and loved. But this was a friendship doomed by what appears to be mental illness on all sides!

Lavinia goes through ‘friends’ at an alarming rate. She is a first class narcissist and manipulator. We see Louise as a poor, struggling working class girl who has a real gift for writing. We know she came from a working class family, but the rest comes in bits and pieces as she falls under the spell of Lavinia. And I felt sorry for her.

I should not have felt sorry for her. Nothing you know in the beginning or the middle will prepare you for the end. And that ending left me with more questions than answers, and for some reason I am okay with that.

If this was a movie, I would be sitting in the theater mumbling, “No, no, no, don’t do that!”.  Well Done!

NetGalley/Doubleday  June 15, 2018  Release

TWO GIRLS DOWN by LOUISA LUNA

Two Girls Down

As addictive, cinematic, and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The KillingTwo Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve.

When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing Oxycontin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.

With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.

It’s always a good thing when you try a new author, at least new to me, and you get a good, gritty crime thriller!

When mom Jamie, leaves her 8 and 10-year-old daughters in the car to run in for a quick birthday gift, the girls disappear.  Her parents hire Alice Vega, who has a reputation for finding children. Shut out by the local cops, she hooks up with Cap, a former cop who took the fall for a friend.

There were so many plot twists you couldn’t put it down even if you wanted to. Which I did not.

All of the characters were real, honest and imperfect. And I loved them all. I can only hope that the author gives us more!

Thanks Netgalley/Doubleday    Release Date January 9, 2018