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The Shifting Pools

2.98  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Fleeing war and the death of her family, Eve has carefully constructed a new life for herself in London.

Yet she is troubled by vivid, disturbing dreams, symptoms of her traumatic past, which intrude increasingly on her daily life. As she is drawn further into her dream world, she finds herself caught up in a fresh battle for survival.

A dark, lyrical fantasy about healing
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Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 6th 2017 by Lightning Books
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Karen Mace
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a seriously stunning debut that took me as a reader on a haunting and spiritual journey, following the story of Eve as she faces her nightmares.

It is beautifully written and cleverly split into sections as we see her now in London coming to terms with her past as those nightmares are now consuming her daytime. We get to look back at what she faced as a child and how that severely impacted her and explains why she feels so lost and alone now. And it also introduces a
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Anita Wallace
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Promising start but rather lost its way.
Deborah Ross
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I requested a review copy of this book based on its description: Fleeing war and the death of her family, Eve has carefully constructed a new life for herself in London. Yet she is troubled by vivid, disturbing dreams, symptoms of her traumatic past, which intrude increasingly on her daily life. As she is drawn further into her dream world, she finds herself caught up in a fresh battle for survival. A dark, lyrical fantasy about healing and reconnecting with the full richness of the self.

As the
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Jessica Reads & Rambles
Really thought I was going to love this, but I just didn't feel anything for the protagonist despite her horrific circumstances. I didn't believe in the dialogue, and felt the whole thing was (often badly) overwritten. The book is composed of choppy chapters that flutter around between present day, dream sequences (that often don't correlate at all to the story we're being told) and two different times in the past - both set in fictional Enanti, whose landscape seems to evoke a war torn ancient ...more
Liz
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this debut novel. I was totally captivated and read it in no time. I enjoyed the latter half of the story much more though, where the whole story is told in a parallel dream time with lots of symbolism. I would have liked the first half of the book told in a similar way though - it felt like a series of notes taken through a period of therapy and would be better kept as the author's backstory to the novel. I also didn't like how it chopped and changed between settings, dream ...more
Isgea
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The shifting pools has a very interesting premise. The protagonist switches between Enanti, a sort of made up world and real time London. I think the switch between these two worlds was done well. I found that you progressed with the character throughout the story, which was nice. However I do agree with other reviews in the sense that it may have tried to do too much at once. Apart from that the story was interesting and I certainly haven't read anything like it before.
Moireach
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story of love and courage and, most of all, finding yourself and finding courage to live fully despite of scars you might be carrying. The jumps between past and present, London and Enanti, reality and dreams confused me a bit at the start but this suits the story perfectly. Highly recommended.
Mrs Maureen A Folarin
Thought provoking

I found thus a little tough going at first, a bit too fragmented, but persevered. So glad I did. Brilliantly written, an insight in to the darkest and the lightest within us all
Lindsay Crowe
Feb 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disappointing read, but a writer with some promise. She may mature, but I think this noel tried to do too much, and failed. The episodes were too short, and charaters did not develop. g
Kristy
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Full review to come later, but an enjoyable read.
alice
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner

The Shifting Pool s is a definite page turner. What an imagination Zoe Duncan has. Excellent book and well worth the reading .
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