Book to Review: Swimming at Night (also titled Sea Sisters) by Lucy Clarke
Stars: ★★★★ (4/5)
Source: c/o NetGalley
Synopsis: Sisters Mia and Katie have been through a lot. They’ve been abandoned by a father. Lost a mother to cancer. And now Mia’s vanished, and the police insist that she’s committed suicide. But Katie doesn’t believe that it could be true. Katie sets off on a quest to discover the truth to the accusations, and find out what went wrong to cause such a tragic end.
Review: Great read! I really enjoyed this, and I was anticipating the end the whole book and I still didn’t get it right. Love when a book’s plot can throw me for a loop!
I really liked both main characters. Mia reminds me of the person a lot of us imagine ourselves wanting to be like… spontaneous, fun, adventurous. Katie is the more “realistic” of the two. The thinker, planner, the one who follows her head and not her heart. I liked seeing these two characters played out, and kind of switching roles towards the end. Both characters transform and take on each other’s personas, and its a really interesting ride getting there!
I also really enjoyed the style of writing. The alternating between chapters from each sisters perspective was clever, and Mia’s discovered journal becomes really critical to the overall plot. I appreciated the “real-time” interactions and the past tense as seen through the journal’s eyes.
As for things I didn’t like, there wasn’t anything particularly “wrong” but there were a lot of coincidences and sometimes the way characters behaved seemed unnatural. Katie reading Mia’s journal only when she was at each place Mia had been, for instance. Also, I would have liked a bit more back story about Mia and Katie’s parental relationship, and about Finn and Katie. It felt like those relationships could have been described with a bit more detail.
I would highly recommend this to fans of women’s fiction with a thriller/suspense angle. This book is a great read for traveling or commuting. It definitely made my commute a bit more pleasant! :)