BOOK REVIEW: THE WEIGHT OF WATER
“The Weight of Water” takes the reader back in time when Smuttynose Island off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire endured some horrible killings. The story switches between modern times and the time of the killings. In most books, the reader can easily get confused when times change but not in this book. Anita Shreve tells the reader exactly when and where they are in the story. She has the knack of easily placing you in the correct zone.
Much of this book takes place either on a small boat or in Maine and New Hampshire on the surrounding islands. The characters are extremely real to the reader, so real that you feel like you are in the skin of that particular person. There are affairs and suspected affairs both in the current time and the old time frame. Words are so vibrant and descriptive that Anita Shreve has used to spin this tale that is taken from actual history. Her inclusion of the mighty waters in this area might make you feel splashed while reading. From original scripts from that era, Jean tries in her mind to vision what went on and who actually committed the murders. The main characters are two couples, Adeline and Rich, and Jean and Thomas and their son, Billie.
You might get seasick while reading certain parts but you will recover. But, will the others recover? Don’t miss reading this excellently written and plotted book.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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