The Water Cure Sophie Mackintosh
Voiced by three sisters, Grace, Sky, and Lia, from the isolated island home they share with their mother and tyrannical father, King, The Water Cure is a radical and complex exploration of sisterly bonds, the various threats of patriarchy, and the power of myth as a means of control. In a near-future in which men are, literally, toxic to women, the sisters perform bizarre rituals and protection spells designed by King to mitigate the effects of the outside world. When two men and a boy arrive on the island following King’s disappearance, the fabric of the girls’ existence is viscerally torn apart in ways that defy any shred of conventionality and elevate the novel beyond comfortable categorisation. The Water Cure is an extraordinary debut, and the sense of slow, elemental dread that saturates every page has remained with me for months after reading it.