Customer Reviews for

The Weight of Water

Average Rating 4
( 82 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(30)

4 Star

(19)

3 Star

(22)

2 Star

(5)

1 Star

(6)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Anonymous

    Half way through this book, I knew I had made a mistake paying $10. This was the most confusing book I have ever read. Half the time I didn't know what time period the author was writing about. It was back and forth, back and forth. The past events were so intertwined with the present that I made no connection with any of the characters. What role did Adeline play other than her sexual relationship with Rich and flirting with Thomas? Jean and Thomas were so mismatched in their marriage, totally opposite personalities. The character of little Billie was the only thing that made this story bearable. Anita Shreve totally missed the mark on this book. What I fail to understand is all the raving reviews in the first few pages. Are they referring to this book!"
    Even if a book is not up to my style of writing, I'll still recommend it, but in this case I do not. This should be under the $5 and under book list.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Headache ~~~~

    So during the Hurricane Irene, I thought let me pick up this book and start reading it. I belong to a book club and this was required. I tried 3X and I still could not get into it. I am sorry but I really have a tough time with this author.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Shameful

    Having grown up near the islands, the first thing that came to mind after reading this book was, 'What was the purpose of even claiming this novel had anything to do with the historical events?'. To anyone, save the paranoid, the historical facts weave as close to an open and shut case as there could ever be. In modern terms, the case was a slam dunk for the prosecution, and Wagner couldn't have been more easily convicted if he confessed. Instead of telling the true story of the murders, Shreve instead dismisses the proponderance of evidence against Wagner and asks us to believe that it is more probable that Maren was in love with her brother, and killed her own sister. She also ignored descriptions of the actual persons and re-creates each as a character that no where near resembles what is known about the true individual. Karen, for example, was highly thought of by Celia Thaxter, whome Karen worked for, and was described as a very affable person. John was a good husband, and he and Maren were known to be very much in love. Anethe was admired by all who knew her. Instead of telling the true story, Shreve changes the facts and demonizes the innocent victims while exhaulting the cold blooded killer as some sort of martyr. If Shreve actually believes this could be true, then she obviously did not do all of the research she claims to have done. Although this may appeal to some chronic armchair conspiracy theorists, it actually smears the reputation of good, albeit long dead, people, and eploits their tragedy to sensationalize it. My question to her would be, 'Why not simply change the names, not mention the actual murders, and promote the story as it really is; as pure fiction?'. Besides the problems I have with her shameful exploitation of this tragedy, the book has two other major shortcomings. First, Thomas is such an unsympathetic character, that one can scarcely believe any love could have ever existed between he and Jean. Furthermore, the ending, which was obviously meant to have an unexpected plot twist, instead seems completely off the wall and it is too hard to believe that such things could occur.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1