Rated of 5
by Jill S. (Chicago, IL)
Diving Into 'The Swimming Pool'
Each of the characters in The Swimming Pool are constantly treading water in their search to uncover elusive family secrets. One of the biggest mysteries: what happened years ago when Cecil McClatchey, suspected in his wife's murder, dies in a car accident. Fast forward: Cecil's grown son Jed, returns to the Cape with his sister for the first time in years, and decides to confront Marcella, Cecil's one-time lover. The result: Jed and Marcella dive headfirst into an affair that ends up rocking their world with unexpected revelations.
The book is haunting and well-plotted, yet the shifts are often too abrupt and improbable; I wanted to be carried away more than I was. Readers of Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve may find this book to their tastes. I wanted it to make some deeper waves.