At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

May 18

At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

This is only the second book I have read by Sara Gruen. I absolutely adored Water for Elephants.

I liked this story.

At the Water’s Edge is set towards the end of WWII. Maddie Hyde is a spoiled wife, living the good life in America, far removed from the atrocities of the war. She, her husband Ellis, and his best friend Hank party the nights away. The fellows decide they need to go and capture footage of the Loch Ness monster. So, in the middle of a war, the trio heads to Scotland.

Maddie goes through an extraordinary transformation while in Scotland. She discovers her true self, and her recognizes that her marriage is not quite what it seemed. I had a hard time making any sort of connection to her character. She did redeem herself later in the novel, but by then it was too late for this reader.

I remember being completely fascinated by the Loch Ness monster (or Nessie, as I say in my Napoleon Dynamite voice) when I was about eight years old. That must have been during my Nancy Drew phase. It was a little hard to believe that three adults went on this chase…during a major world war.

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