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Swimming at Night: A Novel by Lucy Clarke
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Swimming at Night: A Novel (edition 2014)

by Lucy Clarke (Author)

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Katie's world is shattered by the news that her headstrong and bohemian younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The authorities say that Mia jumped--that her death was a suicide. Although they'd hardly spoken to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would have taken her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, Katie leaves her orderly, sheltered life in London behind and embarks on a journey to find out the truth. With only the entries in Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life and--page by page, country by country--begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.… (more)
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Title:Swimming at Night: A Novel
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3.5 stars. Kicked my wanderlust up a few notches. It's quite sad at points, so only read it when you can manage. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
A gripping and unusual mystery, though clunky in parts. ( )
  dcmr | Jul 4, 2017 |
Katie has just been told that her younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali and that it has been ruled a suicide. Katie and Mia didn't exactly get along with each other as they got older and they hardly talked to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months ago, but Katie doesn't believe that Mia killed herself. After Mia's journal has been returned to her sister in London, Katie decides that the only way to find out the truth is to travel in Mia's footsteps. So Katie leaves her safe, orderly life behind and travels to all the places Mia wrote about in her journal.

The chapters go back and forth between Katie and Mia. The book was nothing special, in fact it was boring and mostly forgettable. A few things seemed too convenient. But I wanted to know what happened to Mia. And when I found out I was a little disappointed. What I really enjoyed was travelling - I felt like I was in California, Hawaii, Australia, and Bali. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Good book about the connection between sisters no matter how different they are or far apart they seem. ( )
  Alexis_D. | Sep 23, 2016 |
A very enjoyable read. This book, by a first time author, examines the relationship between 2 sisters, the love, the anger, feelings of inadequacy, and guilt.
The story alternates between Katie and Mia's story. Katie is the elder, more "perfect" sister, while Mia is the wild one. After their mother's death, Mia wants to find out more about herself, and escape the tedium of life in England. She runs to paradise, partying & living out of hostels. When tragedy strikes, Katie follows Mia's travel path, trying to find out what happened to her. During her travels, she learns a lot about herself and the sister, that she thought she knew, but never really did.
I loved how the author was able to nail down and describe the emotional turmoil that plays a part in many families. I'm looking forward to Lucy Clarke's next book! ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
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Katie's world is shattered by the news that her headstrong and bohemian younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The authorities say that Mia jumped--that her death was a suicide. Although they'd hardly spoken to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would have taken her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, Katie leaves her orderly, sheltered life in London behind and embarks on a journey to find out the truth. With only the entries in Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life and--page by page, country by country--begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

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Katie's world is shattered by the news that her headstrong and bohemian younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The authorities say that Mia jumped-that her death was a suicide. Although they'd hardly spoken to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would have taken her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, Katie leaves behind her orderly, sheltered life in London and embarks on a journey to find out the truth. WIth only the entries of Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few minutes of her sister's life, and-page by page, country by country-begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death...Weaving together the exotic settings and suspenseful twists of Alex Garland's The Beach with a powerful tale of familial love in the spirit of Rosamund Lupton's Sister, Swimming at Night is a fast-paced, accomplishedf and gripping debut novel of secrets, loss and forgiveness. (ARC)
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