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
  • 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
  • An extraordinary debut... Otherworldly, luminous, precise

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

    Stylist (61 Books to Read This Spring)
  • 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