I would only suggest The Waters & The Wild to those who have a strong preference for literature and who have a particular interest in (or at least tolerance for) psychological theory, theology, and introspection. That is not to argue that the description of this book as a literary thriller is untrue. Simply put, before the thriller element fully takes hold, viewers must navigate hundreds of pages of extremely literary material. It didn’t really need to be that difficult.
But the appropriate reader—one who pays careful attention to the numerous asides and imagery presented—will frequently find that “very literary terrain” insightful and, dare I say it, even beautiful in some spots. I now believe that after I took it out of the post box and carefully read my address, which was written in block capitals with patience, there was a brief period of stillness, followed by a floating similar to that of a vase or glass that, after escaping a hand’s grasp, turns leisurely and luxuriates in the air before shattering on the ground.
Despite my lack of interest in theology, I found the philosophical discussions and the unreliability of the narrators to be intriguing. It was amazing to see how Harrison used the subtlety of poetic rhyme and photographic design to terrify. I loved the intricate web of intrigue in this book, but what really appealed to me was the poetry of Harrison’s writing. The Waters & The Wild examines the murkiest corners of love, passion, and self-conceit as well as the poetic beauty concealed behind that darkness, as the intriguing cover art depicts.
Despite what we claim about our objectivity and professional detachment, I believe that each psychoanalyst must have such a spot in their soul. The dreams that are tacked to the walls, the abandoned hearts and limbs, and the soot of unquenchable longing all stay exactly as they were. Perhaps part of what we acquire can be broken down and sold again as candlelight—our expensive illuminations.
About The Book
Daniel Abend is a single dad living comfortably in New York City with a thriving counselling business, an apartment on the Upper West Side, a daughter who is in high school, and a regular schedule. It is a tragedy when one of his patients kills themselves, yet it is one that may be easily understood: The young woman struggled with drug abuse and depression.
But soon after, Daniel gets a concerning note that prompts him to wonder about the circumstances of his patient’s passing. He is given a provocative string of hints, including an enigmatic key, a coded poem, and a chillingly poignant photograph. His daughter mysteriously vanishes a few days later.
Daniel is sucked into a search that spans decades, to when he was a young man living in Paris and falling in love with a lady who would ultimately upend his life. He is searching for his daughter and the truth with increasing fervour. Daniel realises he must face the secrets of his past: There is a debt to be repaid and an account to be settled while he is plagued by a constant stream of anonymous letters.
The Waters & The Wild
In The Waters and the Wild, DeSales Harrison reveals his mastery of words and emotions. A poetry professor trained in psychoanalysis, he uses breathtaking prose to tell a heart pounding tale. The book is a unicorn – a literary thriller and a thrilling work of literature. It is prize-worthy and beach-worthy.
- A thrilling work of literature!
- A literary thriller.
- A complex, dark, and gothic tale.
- Extraordinary character study.
- Bad writing, slow pace.
- Book blows could not finish.
- Ending is predictable.
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