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The Seduction of Water | [Carol Goodman]

The Seduction of Water

For Iris, he sudden impulse to write a piece about her mother leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime - and nestled inside is the sad story of her mother's death, a strange, untimely end in a fire 30 years ago. When Iris returns to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother's biography and search for her mother's missing manuscript, she unravels a haunting mystery that threatens to envelope her.
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Publisher's Summary

For Iris Greenfeder - all but published, all but a professor, and all but married to her boyfriend of ten years - the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine, leads to a shot at literary success.

The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime - and nestled inside is the sad story of her mother's death, a strange, untimely end in a fire 30 years ago.

When Iris returns to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother's biography and search for her mother's missing manuscript, she unravels a haunting mystery that threatens to envelope her.

©2003 Carol Goodman; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Mystery, folklore, a thoroughly modern romance, a strong sense of place and a winning combination of erudition and accessibility make this...a treat." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Susan Delaney Newmarket, Ontario Canada 02-19-09
    Susan Delaney Newmarket, Ontario Canada 02-19-09 Member Since 2008

    Love audio books! Been listening since they first came out on tape. What a vast improvement technology has provided!

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    "Disapointing"

    This book seemed to have great promise, but never really followed through. There was no character development and as a result, instead of being caught up by the story, I felt like I was on the outside looking in, always waiting for something to happen. It was confusing in parts and I struggled to finish.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 04-16-09
    Tammy 04-16-09
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    "Great listen but abrupt ending!"

    I really enjoyed this book all the way til I got to the end. It was somewhat suspenseful without expecting murder or anything bad. But, I was disappointed in the end. I felt like it just ended without being sure what the outcome was for some of the characters. That was the only disappointment.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Story could have been edited better."

    Not a bad story. Found they could have shorten it. Started to lose interest near the end as a result. Narration was o-kay.

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    Sandra Prather, California, United States 05-22-12
    Sandra Prather, California, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    The Seduction of Water lacked any true seduction. It was not the worst book I have listened to by far, but not one I would listen too again. It was predictable and just left you wanting. Could have been a truely good story, but it falls flat. Okay if you just want something to listen to. I'd wait until it was on sale to purchase or just find something else if I had to do it over again. At the end of the novel, I just felt disappointed. Characters were flat and never really cared about them. I kept waiting for the bad guy to pull off a mask and say, "I'd of gotten away with it too if it weren't for those pesky kids!"

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    Jane Sioux Falls, SD, USA 11-18-08
    Jane Sioux Falls, SD, USA 11-18-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Charming, complex, almost Literary"

    Densely interwoven with leitmotifs, fantasy and fairytale allusions, character and plot echoing archetype and rich language, this book only disappoints toward the end, when it settles down into a thriller/mystery plot tie up. Over all an enticing and delightful listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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