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The Weight of Water

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012


    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005


    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.

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