Reviews

  • In raw, visceral prose, Mackintosh probes at ideas of the threat of male violence, the ways women are told to protect ourselves, love and sisterhood and survival. A hypnotic, stormy book, with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while

    The Pool
  • A feminist dystopian fairy tale, a sexual coming-of-age story and a survival-of-the-fittest tale. Evocative, suspenseful and bleak - in short, everything this age seems to be demanding

    NPR
  • Bewitching... [An] ambiguous utopia

    Guardian
  • Stunning... A haunting story of abuse, death, and desire... Chilling and topical, a breathtaking debut

    Dazed
  • Eerily beautiful, this strange, unsettling novel creeps up and grabs hold of you

    Paula Hawkins, author of 'The Girl on the Train'
  • Darkly gratifying, dreamy, primal, and arresting [as] a fairy tale... The overgrown grounds, with their perimeter of rusty barbed wire and shark-infested waters, resemble Sleeping Beauty's castle

    New Yorker
  • Searing, richly drawn, eerily compelling... As foreboding in what it holds back as in what it reveals

    Stylist
  • Elemental... [A] utopia portrayed in spectral, organic prose... Mackintosh is a wonderful stylist; the full scope of her imagination, as well as the cohesion of her vision, is evident on every page... A seriously impressive feat

    Irish Times
  • The Water Cure is eerily still and pure - with saline bite... Mackintosh asks if it is the traumas of our pasts that ultimately pose the greatest threat to our futures

    New Statesman
  • Powerfully unsettling, immensely assured, calmly devastating. It conjures a world both alien and familiar, exploring the physical and psychological cruelties enacted on women, by men, in the name of their protection, and the noble and ignoble uses to which anger can be put in a perverse world. This is a gem of a novel, and I was bowled over by it

    Katherine Angel, author of 'Unmastered'

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