Swimming at Night

Swimming at NightSwimming at Night by Lucy Clarke
Published by Touchstone on March 12th 2013
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1451683391
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Received this book from Simon & Schuster, Inc.

People go traveling for two reasons: because they are searching for something, or they are running from something.

As the book begins, older sister Kate receives news that her younger sister, Mia has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The sisters had very little communication since the day Mia suddenly announced that she was going on a trip around the world. This trip appeared to come out of the blue with Mia convincing her best friend, Finn to quit his job and travel with her.

Kate has always been the responsible one. She went to college, moved to London and was there for her Mother when she was dying. Mia is the young reckless one, the one who lives out of her suitcases and does as she pleases. Both appear to be polar opposites of the other but both yearn for the close relationship they had when they were young girls.

Devastated and confused when her sister’s death is ruled a suicide, Kate decides that she is going to retrace her sister’s travel route to try and understand what her sister was doing in Bali (it was not part of her itinerary). No one thinks this is a good idea, not her friends, not her fiance, not her co-workers. But grief is a terrible thing…as is the need for closure. Kate does not believe her sister would ever commit suicide. She needs to see for herself what journey her sister took in order to understand what lead her sister to that cliff where she lost her life. Using her sister’s travel journal, Kate retraces Mia’s route. Through retracing her sister’s route, she learns more about her sister, her hidden thoughts, secrets, emotions, and motivations for her actions. She also comes to learn about the actions and secrets about other’s in both her’s and Mia’s lives.

I really enjoyed seeing both sister’s POV chapters. Not only does it gives us insight into both of the women’s thoughts and emotions, it helps to keep the story moving at a fast pace. Both women’s journey in this book, is both a physical and emotional one. They are both learning things about themselves, their shared history, and about each other.

This book has many themes: love of a sibling, friendship, family, family secrets, romantic love, being brave, betrayal, misunderstanding, sacrifice and forgiveness.

This is a very fast and enjoyable read. The POV chapters keep the story going at a really nice pace and keep the reader interested. I enjoy how the book unfolded and the “truth” came out. Was all tied up a little too nicely? Perhaps, but who cares? I didn’t. I really enjoyed this book. It grabbed and kept my attention from page one.


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