THE WATER CURE: A NOVEL, by Sophie MacKintosh, Double Day/Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada


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.

Out January 8, 2019

288 pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

oh boy oh boy, oh boy…

This is not a feminist dystopia…   All the women in this book are monsters and they’ve been created by an abusive man, and nurtured by a sadistic sociopath.

man oh man… I was angry throughout the entire book, at the premise, at the parents, at the daughters, at the men who washed ashore, at the situation, at the abuse and especially at everyone’s stupidity.  When I was finished reading this, I needed a shower.

I personally didn’t like this book, I loved it which just made me angrier.  That doesn’t mean it wasn’t brilliantly executed.

Oh ya, I also was angry with Sophie MacKintosh for making me so angry with this brilliant book.

I gave it:


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