Denice B. (Fort Bragg, CA)
The Swimming Pool
This Pool is shallow. The story seemed contrived and implausible, the love affairs trite and also unlikely. The author doesn't much heed the writerly axiom "show, don't tell." Her language and style are pretty ordinary in the first half or so of the book, but she goes on to turn some pretty good phrases in the second half. Here too her characters have a few insightful things to say.
Beth T. (Savannah, GA)
While this book contains some lovely images and stirring language, in parts, I found it uneven and ultimately unsatisfying. The characters seemed to go around and around in circles - I kept waiting for at least partial resolution to all the angst, but it never came, and at the end I felt cheated. Unfortunately, this is not a book I'd highly recommend.
Susan B. (Rutledge, MO)
good writing, but not my cup of tea
On the positive side, I think The Swimming Pool is a very well-written novel, and I found it interesting enough to keep reading to the end. On the less-positive side, I finished the book feeling I should have enjoyed it more. I didn’t care about most of the characters, and couldn’t identify with them or their choices. You might enjoy this book if you enjoy suspense, sexual tension, well-written “spicy bits” (though there aren’t all that many of them), and getting into the heads of characters who are obsessed with their sex-interests and secrets.
Vicky R. (Cumming, GA)
Nothing new at the "Pool"
I didn't dislike this book...I just thought it was a lot of the same old thing. Affairs, murder, revenge, despair...the usual suspects. I kept hoping that the plot would pick up since a couple of the characters did have some strength to them, alas, I felt I stayed with the story in search of the answer to the murder mystery (and I will give the author credit for keeping me hanging on to the end); but much to my dismay, I closed the book continuing to wonder what happened. I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone simply because the story just didn't offer any real intrigue and the plot was just mediocre. It doesn't mean I wouldn't pick up another book by this same author though and give her another "spin".
Janice M. (Holland, MI)
The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw
How long would you keep a secret for someone? This story is about keeping the truth from coming out - with some terrible consequences. It has a murder, a mystery, a romance, adultery and attempted suicide and once you begin reading The Swimming Pool it will be hard to put the book down. The characters in the story seem like people you would see in any town and it made me wonder what lies beneath the surface of the people I see when I am in public. This will make a great book club and beach read.
Jane D. (Boulder, CO)
The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw
Beautiful, lyrical writing. Voice changes kept me turning pages, trying to fit the pieces together. I was totally caught up in this book until the last page.
Mary S. (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Wow! I found the first 50 or so pages of the book somewhat disorganized -- needs more editing as to voice, character,etc. However, about halfway through the book, I couldn't put it down. Even after finishing the book, I still have questions about who did the dastardly deed. At one minute I think she did, the next, he did. Good book for discussion as I am sure there will be many opinions about the ending. Better than I originally thought it would be!