Dark Water – Sara Bailey

screenshot-2016-09-19-at-21-23-59Friendship doesn’t die, it waits…

A haunting and lyrical novel, Dark Water is a psychologically intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession.

When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney, she is forced to face memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from. Her best friend, the charismatic Anastasia, disappeared after a swimming incident. But what really happened that night by the wrecks?

Dark Water is a very realistic atmospheric tale told. The setting, scenery and intensity of the story set the scene beautifully.

We follow the journey of Helena as she grows and develops trying to discover herself and find her place within the world. With competitive and obsessive friendships and luke warm trials and tribulations of love, we watch as her story unfolds and we are presented with Helena’s youth and those delicate years of coming into her own.

Beautifully written and deeply emotionally charged

With strong characters, complex and in-depth. Heartbreaking subject matters, sadness and loving relationships Bailey takes us on an emotional roller coaster as she whispers her words around us and we listen sat upon the shoreline, toes covered in sand and scratchy shawls covering flimsy chiffon vest tops.

Such an easy story to become caught up within and in the end, when every loose end is tied up tight you will marvel at how well the story was told and how growing through those teenage years can be such a challenging chore.

A recommended read. A very different read with twists and turns and a few tears along the way. A real eye opener into a claustrophobic friendship between obsessive best friends.



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