Review: The Water Cure
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.
This was such a strange yet brilliant book. It hooked me in from the beginning because it was so different from anything I recall reading. It felt like a novel I’d be assigned to read for an English Literature class, filled with symbolism and a dystopian feminist theme. At first, it seemed almost cult-like — they’re extremely paranoid about pretty much everything including getting sick or being harmed from all the “toxins” around them. The women and King are also always dressed in white, I imagine white symbolizing "purity" against those said toxins.
There were times where I also felt this novel was a little bit more sinister than I anticipated. Mother treats her daughters horrendously, not only abusing them but forcing them to do horrible things to themselves and each other. And I have to also say that up until I discovered the relation between Grace and King, I was disturbed but none-the-less, it’s still pretty gross to get your step-daughter pregnant.
I still have so many unanswered questions! Why did they end up this way? How’d they get there? When is this? What happened to the rest of the world? Where did they come from? What’s up with King? The entire thing seems so poetic and simple with the way the words flow together. This will definitely stick with me for a while.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.