Oh my. Where to start? The Water Cure is a seriously strange, dark, twisted, warped story about three sisters and their parents living in near-isolation on an island. Set in the near future where the environment itself – and men in particular – is literally making women sick.
Years ago, Mother and ‘King’ withdrew their family from the mainland so they could teach their daughters how to keep their bodies safe from contagion. Through daily ‘therapies’ they learned to control their emotions, toughen their bodies and survive in this new world.
Grace, Lia and Sky have seen first-hand what the illness does to women from the mainland. Mother and King used to welcome infected women to their retreat as they sought to prepare for the water cure.
But the women stop coming. And King leaves for a supply run to the mainland and doesn’t return.
One day, the water washes up three strangers – two men and a boy – who will test the girls’ survival skills.
If you’re enjoying The Handmaid’s Tale….
I’ve been watching Season 2 of the The Handmaid’s Tale and feel like I could do with some therapy, myself. (Side note: If you’ve started and are ready to give up, persist until at least episode 6, and then see how you feel).
The Water Cure is written in a similar way to The Handmaid’s Tale, in that it’s a first-person narrative which passes from daughter to daughter but you never quite get the full picture. Until you do, and then you kind of wish you hadn’t…
It’s seriously disturbing and very well written. This is the kind of book that you finish reading, shiver a little, and peek outside your window… just to check.
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If you like the sound of this futuristic feminist dystopia you’ll probably also enjoy:
- The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter
- Gather the Daughters, by by Jennie Melamed
- The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison
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