Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2020

Sheerwater by Leah Swann. (2020).


Sheerwater by Leah Swann. (2020).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

Ava and her two young sons, Max and Teddy, are driving to their new home to make a fresh start although Ava can’t help but keep looking over her shoulder. They are almost there when they witness a shocking accident; a light plane crashing in the field next to the road. Ava stops to help but when she gets back to the car she realises that among the smoke, fire and confusion, her sons have gone missing…

Even though I was interested in the synopsis, I originally didn’t borrow this book from the library purely because I had so many at home. After a very high review from someone I share similar book tastes with, I decided to fit this book in. I can see why other readers find this story stunning. I think for me I can’t say I loved it because it is quite a depressing story really and I didn’t like the end. It is beautifully written, and it shines a much needed light on the reality and potential consequences of being in a domestic violence relationship with a manipulative, cruel and intelligent person. The entire book takes place over a three day period. The reader experiences quite a few different perspectives including Ava, her ex, little Max and Simon who assists Ava at the accident. As a mother I really felt for Ava but it was Max’s perspective that I found that most powerful.
If you are looking for a tense and emotional read then this may be the book for you.

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