The Weight of Water
"I wonder this: If you take a woman and push her to the edge, how will she behave?" The question is posed by Jean, a photographer, who arrives on Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to research a century-old crime. As she immerses herself in the details of the case--an outburst of... show more
"I wonder this: If you take a woman and push her to the edge, how will she behave?" The question is posed by Jean, a photographer, who arrives on Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to research a century-old crime. As she immerses herself in the details of the case--an outburst of passion that resulted in the deaths of two women--Jean herself enters precarious emotional territory. The suspicion that her husband is having an affair burgeons into jealousy and distrust, and ultimately propels Jean to the verge of actions she had not known herself capable of--actions with horrific consequences. Everywhere hailed for its beauty and power, The Weight of Water takes us on an unforgettable journey through the furthest extremes of emotion.
Publish date: January 7th 1998
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 246
Edition language: English
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I couldn't warm to this book. I think it tries too hard, it feels affected, insincere. It's mostly told from the perspective of Jean. She's a photographer sent to get photographs of Smuttynose, Maine, part of the Shoal Islands near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1873, it was the setting of a gruesome...
Grimly beautiful book, though I didn't like the historical flashbacks which took me out of the story and which I skipped on the whole. However, the current-day story is superb and the ending is tragically perfect.
Again, the ending blew me away
Some hurts can never be forgotten, can never be assuaged. Some books show us the basest side of human nature. Some viewpoint characters in novels deserve little reader sympathy.Even when evidencing these uncomfortable truths, some books can be great reads in the hands of a talented author.The Weight...
This book was mostly incredibly dull. The only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to find out the resolution of the historical murder. The parts of the book that take place in the modern day, with the family on the boat, were really hard to get through.