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The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
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Oct 20, 10

bookshelves: thriller
Read in October, 2010

I loved this book because of what it had to say about the interplay between fairy tales and ordinary reality; about how the imagery of fantasy evokes profound emotional truth in a way that rational narrative cannot. In fact the line becomes pretty blurred between the two, and it gives the book a sort of numinous quality. I loved the setting, partly because I think I know one Hudson Valley hotel that it was modeled after. Ms. Goodman is great at creating atmosphere, and this book is no exception. The plot is carefully crafted, but I have to say that most of the ending was no surprise. It is generally described as a gothic thriller, but if I had to pick a weakness of the book, it would be that the end is pretty much telegraphed. In the end, I didn't care that much because of the book's other strengths.

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