Saturday, June 20, 2015

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen, 348 pages

Maddie, Ellis and Hank are an inseparable threesome, though Maddie and Ellis have been married nearly five years.  They are all privileged young adults of privileged parents.  At a New Year's Eve Party on December 31, 1944 they party a little too much much to the horror of Ellis' parents who support he and Maddie.  Hank and Ellis are already looked down upon because they are both 4F and unable to serve in the military and Maddie's mother was a disgraced woman.

The trio ends up in Scotland, during the war no less, searching for the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to redeem themselves.  They're not much respected there either and tensions grow.  Maddie struggles to free herself from her uppercrust snobbery, much to the dismay of her husband.  The search is on for the monster . . . but just who is the real monster . . .

It took nearly half the book until I started to enjoy it, but then I really did.  This is one I will recommend to others.  Sara Gruen, author of "Water for Elephants" may not receive the same acclaim for this, her most recent book, but it was still a winner for me.

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