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Dark Water by Elizabeth Lowry

Dark Water

Elizabeth Lowry

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Imprint: riverrun
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 6 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781786485625

Lowry does for the C19th Gothic what Francis Spufford did for the C18th novel, as a doctor looks back on the patient whose dark secret changed his understanding of what makes us human.

  • The TimesBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
1 Dec 2018

"a dark, intelligent treat"

In 1833 a young man on the run from his overbearing father ends up as the ship’s doctor on a US navy ship. Hiram Carver is a witty, cynical observer of his shipmates, but he falls under the spell of a charismatic lieutenant, William Borden. Years later Borden washes up at the mental hospital where Carver is working as a psychiatrist. What is the terrible secret at the root of Borden’s madness, and can it be cured? This is a dark, intelligent treat.