Carol Denman divorced her husband over twenty years ago and has never looked back. But on the day before their daughter’s thirtieth birthday, John barges back into Carol’s life with a request that threatens the fragile stability she has built.
John Bowman is sick. Very sick. While he still can, he has some amends to make and some promises to fulfill. But to do that, he not only needs his ex-wife’s agreement…he needs her.
With the past hovering between them like a ghost, Carol and John embark on a decades-overdue road trip. Together they plunge back into a life without water… but which may ultimately set them free.
(I try to write spoiler-free reviews, but you have been warned.)
An expression my younger relatives use came to mind when reading this novel: “This book has all the feels.” And it does–because it is not a simple story. A Life Without Water is in-depth, complex storytelling at its best and resonates on so many emotional levels.
Carol and John’s journey is something that a reader will empathize with throughout the novel. They seem real–perhaps even more real than people you know in actual life–and their reactions and emotions are spot-on. Readers will feel like they are being given a glimpse into a real tragedy. And how Carol and John react. How their lives are altered. And how even the failure to make a decision can have a major impact.
As I reader, I could see people I know reflected in the characters. I could see elements of myself in Carol. As she notes, life can be terrifying whether you choose complacency or adventure. And I wanted to know how her journey ends. (Or continues–it depends on your point of view!)
The book is one you will not want to put down. I read it in two settings and I found myself thinking about it until I could finish reading. I highly recommend A Life Without Water for readers who enjoy novels that focus on the human condition.
As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading romance novels. She never left.
Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”