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Dark Water Hardcover – 6 Sep 2018

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: riverrun (6 Sept. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781786485625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786485625
  • ASIN: 1786485621
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seldom has a ship and its metaphorical rigging sailed through the novel form to better effect. And it's seldom that a thoughtful, deeply-pondered novel makes you want to turn the pages so fast. Elizabeth Lowry's evocation of time and place - whether a Boston parlour or a ship's darkest hole - is warm and sure, and her characters, particularly the adamantine Borden, have a solid presence, but remain enigmatic at their core. She makes us realise how hard it is to know even one human being, no matter how long and privileged our acquaintance, or what ordeals we have shared. Her eloquent, impressive sentences often end in a way you don't predict, and while her touch is witty, her manner almost buoyant, her themes are sinister beyond belief. She touches the frontiers of the human, and balances there on the crest of a stylish wave. (Hilary Mantel)

*Book of the Month* Superb . . . that rare find - a literary novel with a plot that unfolds with pace (Antonia Senior The Times, Book of the Month)

An irresistible peek into the unknown . . . Lowry's elegant and considered prose depicts mid-19th century America as a world in which the rational and the inexplicable uneasily coexist, and where the monstrous might be found within anyone, as well as outside. (Alexander Larman Observer)

A compelling combination of gothic mystery, psychological thriller and study of the shifting nature of truth, Dark Water proves worth a ten-year wait (Nick Rennison The Sunday Times)

This beautifully written, ambitious exploration of human motivation, lies, violence and the will to survive is terrific. Exciting, spiked with high gothic and clever characterisation, it chips away at our notions of insanity (Daily Mail)

Immensely enjoyable . . . a psychologically complex and emotionally engaging story of misdirected love, and of a variety of hungers . . . Gigantic literary forebears stalk the background of this book: not only Melville and Dickens, but Shakespeare too . . . Dark Water is historical fiction with high literary ambitions . . . It asks big questions - who can claim with certainty to be sane? - and it is lent satisfying substance by Lowry's conjuration of a past society, complete with its prejudices and its cooking, its sturdily domestic architecture , its chilly domestic relationships and, above all, its particular forms of madness. (Lucy Hughes-Hallett Guardian)

Endless ocean, submerged memories and the depths of the human mind are deployed to great effect in this claustrophobic, pitch-perfect Gothic novel (Sunday Express)

An unforgettable troupe of characters people this well-written, absorbing novel (Oxford Times)

In Dark Water, Lowry questions the truth of reality and the reality of truth, merging melodrama with psychodrama, gothic horror with psychology. Mesmerizing. (Judith Flanders)

A superbly entertaining historical novel . . . A superior thriller, cleverly conceived and elegantly written (Saturday Paper, Melbourne)

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Lowry does for the C19th Gothic what Francis Spufford did for the C18th novel, as a doctor looks back on the patient whose dark secret changed his understanding of what makes us human.

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