Reviewer: Annie McDonnell
Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand’s southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals – a sculptor, a vagrant and a model – who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable – both physically and emotionally – to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free or destroy them.
I found this to be one of the most lyrical novels I have read in a long time. It was quite refreshing to read a book that I actually had to decipher the underlying meaning to.
The imagery was just stunning. I felt totally transported. It stirred my soul.
It was truly a beautiful dance between these characters that had me guessing right up until the end. I absolutely hated to put it down when necessary.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to take a break from the everyday story.
This Novel will win awards, and the author is going to write wondrous stories!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.