The Weight of Water
A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational ax murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. (Can you guess which one?) She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the nar ...more
I realized I was skimming pages, something I only do when I'm really bored with a story, so I checked what page I was on.
How is it possible that it moves soooo slow that forty-six pages felt like a hundred?
Know what I don't need?
- Adjectives in every single sentence.
- The same island described a million times.
- The regular reminder in every chapter that the husband is a poet and (surprise!) liked to drink.
- Reminders every two pages that she's jealous.
Anita Shreve has such a somber but beautiful voice. Her stories are incredibly emotional.
The plot was somewhat scattered and none of the characters were developed enough for me to love them. However, that didn’t take away from this book for me, as it usually would. Some writers, good characters are all they h ...more
I will say, I figured out the twist in the past story, but did not see the present day twist coming...kind of blindsided me. She paints a beautiful picture of her settings and I was transported to a different and harsh time. A rather sad story overall.
After reading the hefty and only half good Fortune's Rocks I wanted to read some more of Shreve so I picked the slimmest volume in the bookshop hoping that she could write more consistently compellingly in a shorter work. And I got what I wanted - this book would have been unputdownable if I hadn't have had so much to do. I woke up before my alarm this morning and before I got a chance to decide whether I really ought to try and get a little more sleep my head had decided I needed to finish this...more
As Jean, the journalist’s, research into the ill-fated family are appearing in her own family, trapped as they ar ...more
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Jean Janes is researching the Smuttynose Murders. Bringing along her husband and daughter, she charters her brother-in-law’s boat to take photos and get a feel for the island. She pulls letters, journals, and information about the trial which are archived in the historic city of Portsmouth. Jean steadily unravels the story leading up to the murder ...more
A murder of two women took place over 100 years ago on the island of Smutty Nose in the Isles of Shoals. Maren Hanvent moves to this very remote, sparse island with her fisherman husband. They are followed by her sister and brother ...more
As a child I grew up sailing and anchoring off the Isles of Shoals, listening to tales of the pirate Bluebeard, treasure and murder; swimming in the deep black waters; and exploring Smuttynose and the Haley house (of which I'm a d ...more
Read this for my circle group, luckily it was one of hers I hadn't read.
I loved the way the modern and real life events of 1873 are interwoven.
It's a chilling novel but I was soon engrossed.
The descriptions of the harsh conditions and climate left you feeling chilled!
Beautifully written and very compelling.
Had me up late last night to finish!
Jean, the photographer, is there to capture photos reflecting on the 1870s murder that occurred on the island (based on a real life incident). She also goes to a local museum to do research on the incident that involved three women, two of whom are murdered. At the ...more
1)The long and largely irrelevant passages about Maren's life in Norway.
2) The unexplained hostility between the two sisters (Maren and Karen--yikes--imagination where art thou?)
3)The past story of the murders and the present tale of jealousy went off the rails at the critical moment. Frankly, the whole narrative from the past didn't hang together very well.
4)The cliched moody drunk p ...more
"The island is not barren, but it is sere and bleak."
"The Isles of Shoals, an archipelago, lie in the Atlantic, ten miles southeast off th ...more
Jean, a photo-journalist, travels with her family to investigate the rumours that persist over the murders more than a century ago on the island of Smuttynose in the Isles of Shoals. Collecting material from a library, she finds the translated memoirs of Maren Honvet, the woman who escaped after the murders of her sister and sister-in-law.
Two stories are told, interwoven often wi ...more
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