Swimming at Night: A Novel Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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“In the same vein as Rosamund Lupton’s Sister, Clarke takes the reader on an exciting and mysterious trail. . . . [She] does a nice job of creating characters who make us care about them and situations that are exciting and believable. A great read for fans of smart contemporary women’s fiction as well as thriller and mystery readers.” Source: Library Journal (starred review)
"Alternating chapters juxtaposing the two sisters’ lives engage readers from the start in Clarke’s accomplished debut." Source: Booklist
“A tender and intricate meditation on sisterhood and family, Swimming at Night is an accomplished debut. With a deft hand, Lucy Clarke weaves a deep and compelling story that is as much about what binds us together as it is about what tears us apart. Perfectly capturing the impossibly complicated love of siblings, this is a rich and moving story that lingers long after the book is closed.” Author: Lisa Unger, author of Heartbroken and Beautiful Lies
“Swimming at Night reaches deep, exploring sibling relationships, love, friendship, identity, and the willingness to put it all on the line in order to learn the truth. I loved my own journey with these two sisters and the haunting landscape of their travels!” Author: Ellen Sussman, author of French Lessons and The Paradise Guest House
"I could not put down Lucy Clarke's engaging debut, Swimming at Night. As Katie searched for the truth about her sister's death, I savored being an armchair traveler to seaside locales around the world." Author: Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Close Your Eyes and How to Be Lost
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451683391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451683394
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Touchstone (March 12, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is of two sisters Mia and Katie. They are dealing with the death of their mother and Katie becomes protective of Mia but then she (Mia) declares she is going travelling with her friend. Katie is left behind but soon receives the devastating news that her sister has been found dead in Bali. Katie refuses to believe it was suicide and decides the only way to find out what really happened was to retrace her sister's steps and try to uncover what happened. She has her travel journal to help her understand what was happening and this gives a great insight into Mia's mind.
I found this book was brilliantly written with great atmosphere. It was so well written I could picture the scenery and imagine the situations. I really liked how well the characters were created too, it really helped to get me drawn into the story as i felt as though I knew them. Whenever I put the book down I was wondering what was going to happen next and couldn't wait to read it again.
This is the first of Lucy Clarke's books that I have read but i'm already wanting to download the next to read.
If you're looking for a book with escapism, brilliant characters and atmosphere then this is definitely for you!
2 sisters Mia and Katie love each other fiercely, hate each other in equal measures. Mia makes a mistake and being the impulsive, take life in your hands kind of girl goes off travelling with her best friend Finn. The book follows the journey of Katie as she retraces Mia footsteps.
The writing is beautiful. Perfectly descriptive to the point that I could smell the sea and the jasmine. Lucy Clarke clearly has a great affection for the sea as you feel the ebb and flow of the waves in the way the story moves.
I was astounded by it. Amazed. Mesmerised. I fell in love with Mia and Katie and Finn too and was slightly scared of Noah. Compulsive reading. I needed the conclusion just as much as Katie did.
It isn't a smut book - no heavy sex scenes. It didn't need it - the story was so powerful.
I LOVED this book. It’s hard to believe that this is a first novel, it is so polished and wonderfully written. I was instantly dragged into the story, Katie and Mia becoming real people for me. The story is told by both Katie and Mia, hers are extracts from the travel journal. Seeing the situations from the differing viewpoint of each of them adds great depth to the story. I got so engrossed in the story and couldn’t guess the end at all. It’s one of those books that stay with you long after you have read the last page.
If you are a sister this book is a MUST for you – and if you are not a sister it will open up a new world for you of feelings and emotions that run between sisters – A brilliant book.
In The Sea Sisters, Lucy draws the relationship between Katie and Mia with intense clarity, and we can feel each of Katie's emotions as she delves deeper into the psyche of her sister through the revelations of her diary. From resentment, to worry, and finally a desperation to discover the truth, Katie gets to know Mia as well as getting to know the self she has kept locked up. It seems to be Mia who allows Katie the freedom to discover a life beyond her self-set boundaries, and Mia who shows her how beautiful the world really is.
Concise and elegantly written prose that really made me want to brush off my passport and discover the far-flung beaches and sunsets Lucy Clarke brings to life so vividly. Life is short, too short to miss out on.