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. <b>A hypnotic, stormy book, with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while</b>

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

    NPR
  • <b>Bewitching... [An] ambiguous utopia</b>

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

    Dazed
  • <b>Darkly gratifying, dreamy, primal, and arresting [as] a fairy tale... </b>The overgrown grounds, with their perimeter of rusty barbed wire and shark-infested waters, resemble Sleeping Beauty's castle

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

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

    Irish Times
  • <b>An extraordinary debut... Otherworldly, luminous, precise</b>

    Guardian
  • <b>Bold, inventive, haunting</b>... With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, <b>you'll be bowled over by it</b>

    Stylist (61 Books to Read This Spring)
  • <i><b>The Water Cure</b></i><b> is eerily still and pure - with saline bite</b>... Mackintosh asks if it is the traumas of our pasts that ultimately pose the greatest threat to our futures

    New Statesman
  • <b>Electric [and] beautifully strange</b>... Her novel is an exercise in minimalism

    Times Literary Supplement
  • A hypnotic read... This <b>extraordinary debut</b> is a feminist, quasi-dystopian read - great for fans of <i>Hot Milk, The Girls </i>and <i>The Vegetarian</i>

    Elle
  • <b>Uneasy, mythic, lawless...</b> The atmospheric landscapes cloak trauma and violence in wisps of uncertainty, where bad feelings coalesce as both presciently felt and strangely unknowable

    Frieze
  • [A] lyrical debut, original and very atmospheric

    Good Housekeeping
  • <b>Powerful, mythic, </b><b>seductively sinister</b>... Her alternative world is as carefully imagined as one of Margaret Atwood's... <b>[Sophie Mackintosh] is a writer to be reckoned with</b>

    Book Oxygen
  • Eerie and unsettling, the novel exerts a hypnotic grip as the tension builds

    Daily Mail
  • A superb debut

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  • The Water Cure deserves a Sofia Coppola-style big-screen treatment, although its cultish overtones and sinister denouement are as reminiscent of The Wicker Man as The Virgin Suicides

    The Literary Review