11 member(s) found this review helpful.
I'll tell you up front: I did not finish reading this book. I stopped a little more than halfway through it.
The story is constantly changing viewpoints, sometimes maybe 3 or all 4 in a single chapter. Keeping track of who's who, what their emotions are, what they're thinking, not to mention the other characters in the story who do not give their viewpoints, it made for a confusing book. It might make for an interesting concept, to tell the story at the same time from the 4 main characters' points of view, but it did not do well in execution, imo.
I have a young son, and I can't just sit down and read a book straight through anymore. Because of this, The Memory of Water was never a fresh enough memory in my mind for me to keep up with it.
Her writing style is a little similar to Anne Rivers Siddons, and the story is set in the Carolina Lowcountry, just like a couple of Siddons' novels. White writes with great detail, you really feel like you can smell the air and the water and the mud. I love ARS, so I thought I'd love this book as well.
Others will probably love this book; it just was not for me.
6 member(s) found this review helpful.
I found the book to be incredibly boring and a little weird. Aside from the ever-changing point of view, the story itself was confusing at times. It has great promise, but I found that actually reading the novel fell far short of what I expected. I also found the "big surprise" at the end to be rather drab and predictable. I hope someone else can get the joy out of this book that I originally hoped for.
3 member(s) found this review helpful.
I love books which are set in the Lowcountry and/or along a beachfront. However, I didn't love this book (I love Luanne Rice's books). I was put off by the cheesy, repetitive descriptions (stormy eyes...repeated so many times that it became stale and meaningless). There was this big mysterious past event that the author tried to build up, but it was so obvious what had happened that the build-up was silly and melodramatic.
If you're drawn to stories of family turmoil, you may enjoy this book. For me, it was just mediocre.