Wednesday, April 9, 2014

review: swimming at night by lucy clarke

Lucy Clarke’s Swimming at Night explores the story of two sisters. As the novel opens, Katie learns her younger sister has died in Bali from a suspected suicidal jump off a cliff. Not only was Mia not supposed to be in Bali, Katie cannot believe her sister would kill herself. Although she’s set to wed her fiancé Ed soon, grounded Katie decides to follow Mia’s adventurous world trip as laid out in her travel journal.

Swimming at Night is full of emotions as it alternates between Katie’s grief and Mia’s troubles. The flashback scenes of Mia give the sense that Katie is right about her sister while also creating enough doubt to make the reader wonder what really happened when Mia was on that cliff. The mix of flashback, diary entries, and present day slowed the pacing a bit, but the mystery of Mia was intriguing to the satisfying end.
4/5
Review copy provided by the publisher, Touchstone.

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