Monday, February 24, 2014

Water's Edge by Jane Riddell

Title:  Water's Edge
Author:  Jane Riddell
Published:  April 22nd 2013 by ThornBerry Publishing
Length:  273 pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  contemporary fiction
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Madalena invites her four children to Switzerland for a family gathering, she isn’t prepared for the excess baggage of their lives they bring along – secrets they are compelled to keep and those that must be divulged; the compromises they make, and, ultimately, what can and can't be resolved – for Madalena, too, has things about her past that she would prefer not to reveal.

Set against a backdrop of mountains and lakes, Water's Edge is a tapestry of love, lies and family.

My Review:

If I had to describe this story in one word it would be ‘real.’ Riddell takes real life and brings it to us in a captivating light. I was also intrigued by the fact that she did this in a manner that brings family to the forefront. This was a very well written, thought out, and put together novel. Riddell sparked my interest from the beginning and kept me with her throughout. The mellow writing style used throughout fits perfectly with the subtly intense storyline.

Character development in this novel centers strongly on relationships. It was very intriguing to see the interactions between the different family members that make up this cast of characters. I appreciated that none were supremely perfect beings, but rather real individuals dealing with day to day issues.

Overall this was a strong debut novel from this author. It was a very enjoyable read from an author that I will definitely be reading more of.

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