At the Water's Edge
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After making “a show of themselves” at a 1942 New Year’s Eve party, young American socialites Maddie and Ellis Hyde and their friend, Hank, decide to redeem themselves in Ellis’ father’s eyes by doing what he could not do and finding the Loch Ness Monster. Having arrived in Scotland, Maddie finds that she is left in the local pub whilst Hank and Ellis are off monster hunting. This is her story.

This is a very gentle story and the outline I have given above is really the whole story. Although one might think it’s about the monster, that creature is hardly mentioned at all and the “action” such as it is revolves around the relationships between the three Americans and those Maddie forms with the local Scottish people.

Having only finished the book yesterday, I can safely say it has left no lasting impression upon me at all. It was perfectly enjoyable and I did look forward to reading it each night, but really the whole action takes up only a few pages and it is a very simple tale about not very much. The characters portrayed, even that of Maddie seem quite one-dimensional, and worst of all for a character from a novel, I didn’t really care what happened to any of them.

As a gentle and easy read, I enjoyed it but I can’t say it stretched my imagination or made me think at all. However, if you are happy with that, then the story is a nice one and I am sure you will enjoy time spent reading it.

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