What captivated me the most was Anne Berry's vivid portrayal of the details in each of the water children's stories. I felt like I was in the book with them. My favourite out of the four though is definitely Owen Abingdon. His character and story stood out to me the most. 5-10 pages into the book, I was touched by Owen and what kept me reading until the end, is the desire to know how he healed and moved on from that tragic accident.
(spoiler alert) I love Anne Berry's writing. I read it slowly to take in all of her word pictures. Some of her metaphors were unusual, but really brought interesting perspective; others connected with other topics or aspects in the book. i.e.: p. 292 in my copy says, "While the drizzle smacks the crucifix set of his shoulders..." What an image! "c rucifix" symbolizing that he is a sacrificial lamb becuse of the abuse he grew up in, that he is sacrificing himself, and/or all 4 of these young people are sacrificail lambs because of what they went through. Mara/Naomi was difficult to figure out what and when was happening, but it sure kept me reading. One of the most poignant scenes for me was the chapter when Anita was getting married. Overall message may be, oh, what we do to our children! Very good book. I will want to read, "The Hungry Ghosts."
Having read Berry's "The Hungry Ghost" I was eagerly anticipating this book, but was quite disappointed. Interesting insight into human nature, but not a particularly satisfying read for me.
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