Book review: At The Water’s Edge

At The Water’s Edge

Sara Gruen

Two Roads, €25.50; ebook, €9.49

Review: Heather Doughty

After publicly shaming themselves on New Year’s Eve in 1944, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father. To win back his favour, the couple flee from Philadelphia to the Scottish highlands in the midst of the raging war where Ellis attempts to hunt the Loch Ness Monster, a task previously failed by his father.

We follow Maddie’s unexpected transformation as she struggles to redefine herself, virtually abandoned by her fame-hungry husband in a foreign land. Sara Gruen, the US author of Water For Elephants, masterfully depicts the significance of class politics and unlikely female friendships in a war-torn environment.

The reader is drawn into this tumultuous time of tragedy, as page by page, the real monsters of the novel are revealed through Gruen’s compelling storytelling. Superbly researched and far too easily devoured, this is a genuinely beautiful novel and an enthralling love story, which simply cannot be put down.


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