Tuesday, November 22, 2016

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
OverDrive Audiobook - 10 hrs., 12 min.

Three privileged, self-centered twenty-somethings spend their days getting drunk at social functions in Philadelphia while World War II rages.  Ellis and Maddie have been married for a few years, and Ellis's best friend, Hank, is always in on their shenanigans.  Ellis and Hank are generally scorned because although they look healthy, they were rejected from serving for medical reasons.  This is unforgivable in Ellis's father's eyes.

When Ellis openly embarrasses and insults his parents he and Maddie are cut off and kicked out.  Ellis and Hank decide the only way to regain Ellis's father's favor is to succeed where his father very publicly failed—by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.  Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic on a cargo ship where she awakens to the world around her and is forced to face the reality of her circumstances.

It's a good piece of historical fiction, and I appreciate Gruen's description of the WWII era from the view of Scottish Highlanders.  Because I don't care for stories with unlikable main characters the book dragged at times.  I'm glad I made it to the excellent ending!  One more note:  the reader is good, but not great.  I may have enjoyed it more with a different voice.

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