Title:Bodies of Water
I have recently been looking for some good gothic fiction to read and on my new found hunt in all things gothic I came across Bodies of Water by V.H Leslie. I didn’t know this when I bought it but at 130 pages Bodies of Water is actually a novella but don’t let that put you off it is a steady burner and has a slow build and really gives the reader time to get enthralled into the world and become interested in the characters and their stories.
Bodies of Water follows Kirsten and Evelyn both live in the building Wakewater House but in different periods in time. Kirsten moves into Wakewater in present day London while Evelyn is living at Wakewater in Victorian London. The two women have two very different lives and two very different experiences, while Kirsten is moving into her new flat Evelyn has been sent to a hydrotherapy centre for ‘women’s complaints’.
Wakewater house is on the River Thames and the river is a huge part of the story partly because of water treatments being used by ‘doctors’ who treated the women in the victorian Wakewater House. But water is a strong theme running throughout the book and a huge factor in tying the stories of Evelyn and Kirsten together.
An interesting and educated novella, Bodies of Water is not just a gothic ghost story but a study of women and a discussion about the repression that we have suffered over the centries and what the long term consqueses of that maybe.
I loved reading this and would definitely recommend to everyone who fancies a watery, creepy, ghostly time!
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