Swimming at Night
By Lucy Clarke
(Touchstone, Hardcover, 9781451683394, 384pp.)
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
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People go traveling for two reasons: because they are searching for something, or they are running from something.
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. . . .
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, accomplished, and gripping debut novel of secrets, loss, and forgiveness.
Lucy Clarke has a degree in English Literature. She and her husband, a professional windsurfer, spend their winters traveling and their summers at their home on the south coast of England. Visit Lucy-Clarke.com.
‚eoeA tender and intricate meditation on sisterhood and family, Swimming at Night is an accomplished debut.†With a deft hand, Lucy Clarke weaves a deep and compelling story that is as much about what binds us together as it is about what tears us apart.†Perfectly capturing the impossibly complicated love of siblings, this is a rich and moving story that lingers long after the book is closed.‚e
-Lisa Unger, author of Heartbroken and Beautiful Lies
‚eoeSwimming at Night reaches deep, exploring sibling relationships, love, friendship, identity, and the willingness to put it all on the line in order to learn the truth. I loved my own journey with these two sisters and the haunting landscape of their travels!‚e
-Ellen Sussman, author of French Lessons and The Paradise Guest House
"I could not put down Lucy Clarke's engaging debut, Swimming at Night. As Katie searched for the truth about her sister's death, I savored being an armchair traveler to seaside locales around the world."
-Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Close Your Eyes and How to Be Lost
‚eoeA satisfying exploration of two sisters‚e(TM) relationship, cleverly put together and written in a way that draws the reader along.‚e
‚eoeIn the same vein as Rosamund Lupton‚e(TM)s Sister, Clarke takesthe reader on an exciting and mysterious trail. . . . [She] does a nice job of creating characters who make us care about them and situations that are exciting and believable. A great read for fans of smart contemporary women‚e(TM)s fiction as well as thriller and mystery readers.‚e
"Alternating chapters juxtaposing the two sisters‚e(TM) lives engage readers from the start in Clarke‚e(TM)s accomplished debut."