Book Review: Swimming at Night

I received the advance readers copy of Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke from Simon & Schuster Canada and Good Reads. This is a story of self discovery, jealousy, shame and the strong love/hate bonds between siblings that stretches across different continents.

The emotional journey we’re taken on follows Katie as she retraces her sister Mia’s last steps before her death, looking for answers and hard truths that will forever change her life.

I love how this was written, each chapter flipping between Katie in the present and then the next flashing back to Mia’s travel journal and describing what happened during that time. It was a great way to unfold the mystery surrounding the events that happened.

However, the bread crumb trail left to lead readers towards the unknown events was a little too bold and I felt like I was one step ahead of the book for most of the journey.

Even so, it was a heartbreaking story that makes you think a lot about how you treat your loved ones and how you should cherish those bonds. It also brings light to all those personal insecurities one has about themselves, wondering whether they are destined to follow in the steps of their parents or hide in the shadows of their siblings or whether they have the ability to build their own identities.

City Girl Rating: 3 out of 5 glasses of wine

Coming to stores March 2013.

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