Cold Water Paperback – 2 May 2002
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An extraordinary first novel from a highly promotable 22-year-old.
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Cold Water is a short novel at less than 150 pages long, but every word is purposefully written, nothing is superfluous or unnecessary. Some readers might perhaps find it a tad boring, but with this book you have to read between the lines, and I found that the inactivity and inertia of the main characters actually spoke volumes and affected me more than other novels in a similiar vein which purposely set out to shock (such as Helen Walsh's Brass, which failed to impress me).
For such a young novelist, I think Riley shows great talent and promise and I look forward to seeing how her work develops over time.
To be critical, there's not enough of it! I like books with minimal plots, but this is more like reading a snapshot of someone's life than a novel: the ending is completely unsatisfying as it doesn't really go anywhere, and the narrator doesn't change at all. The writing is strong so I might forgive this if it wasn't coupled with a very bizarre moment that doesn't really make sense and is never properly explained.
A good read, but needs to go much further.
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I bought Cold Water on a recommendation when looking into books that are from local authors and that are set in Manchester. Read morePublished on 6 May 2005
Nothing much happens in this little novella, but the achingly beautiful writing makes up for the minimal action. Riley recreates the mood of rain-drenched Manchester perfectly. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2005 by paperlady
I found Cold Water to be a breath of fresh air. From the first page I realised that I was not reading an immature book, but one with a mature viewpoint. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2004 by A. CARTER