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Dramatic,
Gloomy

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The Weight of Water
by Anita Shreve

Published: 1997-01-01
Hardcover : 256 pages
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Journeying to Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to shoot a photo essay about a century-old double murder, a photographer becomes absorbed by the crime and increasingly obsessed with jealousy over the idea that her husband is having an ...
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Journeying to Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to shoot a photo essay about a century-old double murder, a photographer becomes absorbed by the crime and increasingly obsessed with jealousy over the idea that her husband is having an affair.

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A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational ax murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. (Can you guess which one?) She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the narrative of the eyewitness and Jean's private struggle with jealousies and suspicions as her marriage teeters. A rich, textured novel.

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  "The first chapter does hook you."by mcarreno27 (see profile) 08/03/12

This book was pretty dark. However, the author got a good enough hook at the beginning of the story to keep you reading. She manages to keep you hanging until the very end when she finally reveals the... (read more)

 
  "3.8/5 avg of 5 members"by mindyhayes (see profile) 01/28/09

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