At the Water's Edge, Hardback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


A gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War. 'Unique and impeccably researched...the only fault I can find with this book is that I've already finished it' - Jodi Picoult After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1944, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis's father, a former army Colonel who is already ashamed of his colour-blind son's inability to serve in WWII.

To Maddie's horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father's favour (and generosity) is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father's name and return to his father's good graces.

In January 1945 they hitch a ride on a ship across the Atlantic while the war is still raging all around them. And Maddie, now alone and virtually abandoned in a foreign country, must begin to work out who she is and what she wants - the vacuous life she left behind or something more real?What she discovers - about the larger world and about herself - opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Second World War fiction
  • ISBN: 9781473604704



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I was really eager to read this book. I loved Water for Elephants and At the Water's Edge is set mostly in Scotland, a country I love, and has an interesting storyline, so all seemed poised for a great read. But sadly I was disappointed. The story and the writing just came across as silly and the characters are so annoying it's untrue. The three main players, in particular, are like caricatures and nothing about them rang true. In the end, I just didn't care about what happened to any of them. Shame......

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