The Water Cure - Sophie Mackintosh

The Water Cure

By Sophie Mackintosh

  • Release Date: 2019-01-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
From 116 Ratings


"A gripping, sinister fable!"--MARGARET ATWOOD, via Twitter


A 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 two men and a boy 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.


  • One of the most creative yet disturbing books I’ve read in years

    By kaykaybean13
    There were so many times during this book that I found myself utterly appalled and sickened by the behaviors and rituals this family was regularly participating in. The author did an amazing job of keeping me guessing about the circumstances of what had become of the world outside this island these girls and their parents lived on. I went back and forth on my doubts about their beliefs and was surprised at every turn and the revelations throughout the book of reality as it existed. Couldn’t put this down. I was engaged and invested from the very beginning. I needed to know the answers to this family’s strange rituals and ways of life. I wasn’t disappointed at all in the end. Great book!!!