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Sweet Water: A Novel

Sweet Water: A Novel

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by Christina Baker Kline
     
 

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Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, this beautifully wrought novel recounts a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death.

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Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, this beautifully wrought novel recounts a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death.

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ISBN-13:
9780062020765
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/09/2010
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
16,032
File size:
770 KB

Meet the Author

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives out-side of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

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Sweet Water 3.5 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 200 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable. Didn't want to put it down and wished it didn't have to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This almost 300 page book was very dusjointed. It jumped from person to person and different time frames wuthout any transitions or letting reader know a change had been made. I became bored very soon after starting this book and after page 83, I began to skip pages and scan, hoping to catch a glimpse of something interesting. I didn't. There were two pluses to this book, it was well edited and had a conclusion. I paid $1.99 for this book as a special offer. The five real reviews were positive ones, three others were gamers. I was looking forward to a cozy read, what I got was a strange one. This was a pretty clean read. There was only a little bit of mildly detailed sex. Some moderate violence and a ho-hum mystery. I did not like any of the characters. The heroine seemed a little slutty. There was no cursing, religion, not much in the way of romance or suspense, not all sub plots were concluded. This books covers four generations of family, if including the great grand child. The matriarch is nuttier than a March hare. For ages 16 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read, but after reading the Orphan Train which was exceptional, I was a little disappointed. I still enjoyed it.
Molinarolo More than 1 year ago
Twenty seven year old Cassandra Simon is lost. Her life in NYC is mundane at best. Both her professional and personsal lives are lacking. Cassie isn't sure what is lacking. So when an unexpected bequest from Amory Clyde, she decides to go to Sweet Water TN. Her father warns her that she may not find what she's looking for. Her friend Drew cautions, "Sometimes we are running from something or we are running towards something." For Cassie the truth may be both. Haunted by the death of her mother 24 years, she is running from the unspoken grief that she and her father shares and toward answers to the questions she desperately needs. Her Grandmother, Constance Clyde is afraid of those answers too. Clyde is beyond forgiveness. She just wants to forget. Betrayal, revenge, and guilt are best forgotten. Clyde understands why Cassie is coming back after all of these years, but she can't allow her to find out her secret - she is responsible for her daughter's death. Amory knew Cassie would come to claim the family's old homestead and the land. But she searched the house and the land. Even her Aunts and Uncles are wary of Carrie.Why is she coming after all this time? As Cassie settles in the old house, her grandmother becomes distant and hostile, especially when her grand-daughter discovers Bryce Davies. And Cassie wonders could one grandparent be responsible for his daughter's death, while the other murdered her best friend? Could Mae be right? Sometimes family secrets are best left buried. Christina Baker Kline weaves together a fine Southern family saga and mystery by alternating Cassie and Clyde as narrators. Both are very strong characters and their telling of their own stories adds suspense to the novel. Readers will need to suspend belief of a subplot concerning one of Cassie's cousins though. I had to scratch my head on that one and looked at my cat saying, "Huh? Really? She went there? Other than that SWEET WATER is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a terrible book. It was disjointed, jumping from past to present and the past story never really told who was narrating so it was unclear who it was about until almost the end. The story itself made little sense, and the ending left absolutely no resolution. Its as if the author got tired and just quit writing in the middle of a chapter. Would not recommend this at all. Thank goodness it was free or i would be highly ticked off that i had wasted money on this junk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It was told by two people, one present, one from past. The two tellings collided. It was touching and confusing, exactly like life. The story unfolded and had an ending that was different than expected. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was difficult for me to put down! I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed except I thought it ended rather abruptly with too many questions unanswered...like why Troy and Cassandra looked so much alike if he was adopted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow read that leaves you frustrated. It never really peaks and leaves lots of unanswered question
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book at all. It was as if she ended the novel in the middle of the plot. Many characters were underdeveloped, and you were left with more questions than answers. I do not intend on reading any more books by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was confusing at times with the way it jumped between different characters points of view and flashed from past to present with each chapter. I was expecting more from the story. The plot was built up and intriguing but when it all came together in the end its like there was more of the story that needed to be told and it left me with no closure. Read it if you want but I feel like I wasted my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out great... But the end was completely unbelievable!!! The characters were developing and were interesting people... But then it was as if the ink ran out of the press or the allotment of paper had been reached and it just was over... all neatly tied up with a now that didn't fit!!!
MysteryTS More than 1 year ago
I found the book interesting for the most part. I thought it ended abruptly with a lot of unanswered questions. Parts of the book were very predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an OK book, but the ending left a lot to be desired. There was no conclusion, it just ended and left you hanging. Not sure I would want to read anything more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting and I enjoyed it very much, but I concur with another review that stated that it ended to abruptly. I was very disappointed in the ending and felt that I was left hanging with many unanswered questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This just didn't move fast and the characters didn't get my interest. Every time I put it down and went back to it, I couldn't remember what was happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writer; huge talent; crappy story line! Ms. Kline seems to have forgotten why most people read books. They are looking for entertainment or inspiration or information. This book almost provided all that... almost. To excel in any of those areas, a book has to bring closure to its story arc. There's no closure in this book. Does Clyde live or die? What is the "Troy Decision"? Does Elaine ever get put in her place? Fortunately, I do not have to worry about "spoiling the ending" for anyone -- because there was no ending! The last time I was this disappointed with a book, it was a used paperback that was missing its last 20 pages! This one was an excellent and entertaining read, that could have been a great book, had it not simply stopped about two chapters before its conclusion. I seriously wish I had not wasted my time on it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good start to a novel but it is incomplete. I wouldn't recommend it unless you like being frustrated by abrupt and unsatisfying endings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book written by Kline, who wrote The Orphan Train. They're giving away the ebook version now, I think mainly to provide an intro to that other book in case you're one of the few yet to read it. Many typos and unintended bolding of random words were a bit distracting. I felt the writing style was inconsistent, and it seemed the author wasn't sure what kind of book she wanted this to be. It is touted as a mystery, but the mystery wasn't that great, and it seemed a little Harlequiny to me in parts. I liked the main character, Cassie, who leaves NYC to go live in a house she inherited in Tennessee among her mother's folk, hoping to get to know the family and the story behind the night her mom died in a car accident. She tells her side of the story in alternating chapters with her grandmother, a very unhappy, disturbed old woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. It had it's good points.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great promise. I enjoyed all the character development. But the ending was a huge disappointment to me - I wanted more and it just ended. I have too many questions. Maybe the author plans to re-write when she figures it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Clyde, Cassie and Troy. Kline made me really care about all of the characters and their stories, but especially these three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, but it just ends. No ending to it. I kept looking to see if I was missing pages. It leaves you hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why the negative reviews-----I thought the going back & forth between the grandmother & granddaughter to be very effective!