Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke

Katie and Mia, two sisters who are as different as night and day, have moved into a London apartment together following the death of their mother. When Mia, the more impulsive of the two, announces that she plans to leave immediately on an extended vacation wandering the world, Katie is very hurt. Weeks later, she is completely devastated when she receives word that Mia has committed suicide in Bali. Katie simply cannot believe that Mia would kill herself. She is also troubled by the fact that Mia was in Bali at all, which was not included in the original travel plan.When Mia’s backpack is shipped to London containing a journal, Katie feels compelled to follow in Mia's footsteps in the hope that she will discover the truth about her sister's death. Leaving her job and fiancĂ© behind, Katie sets off to recreate her sister’s journey, reading Mia’s journal entries at the locations in which they were recorded.

I originally picked up this captivating novel thinking that it was a thriller. While it’s a mystery of sorts, it is also an intense psychological study of the relationship between two sisters.  As we all know, it’s amazing how complex, frustrating, yet fulfilling family ties can be. This book touched me deeply, and caused me to appreciate each of my four sisters even more than I already do. Take a risk by Swimming at Night, and accompany Katie as she traverses the far reaches of the earth to piece together the reason for her sister’s death. If you want to read more about sisters and how they relate to one another, try The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe. 

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