Blue Water by Manette Ansay

About the book

Blue Water tells the story of Meg Van Dorn and her husband, Rex, a couple whose six year old son is killed by a drunk driver. Here in Fox Harbor, Wisconsin-a town in which everyone knows everybody else-it is no surprise that Meg and the driver, Cindy Ann Kreisler, were once the best of friends. Now, as Meg recovers from her injuries, she and Rex find themselves paralyzed by their anger and despair, especially after Cindy Ann returns, with a mere slap on the wrist, to the life she lived before the accident: living in a beautiful house, enjoying her own three children, all of whom walked away unharmed. In their rage and grief, Meg and Rex buy a boat to sail around the world, hoping to get as far away from Cindy Ann Kreisler as possible. But they soon discover it’s impossible to run from a past more complex than, at first, it seems, a past which haunts Cindy Ann as well, and in ways only Meg suspects. Adrift in the company of other live-board cruisers-each of whom has left his or her own secrets and sorrows on shore-Meg finds herself drawn back to Fox Harbor to confront a choice she never thought possible: forgiveness

Reviewed by Everton Reading Group:


A readable, enjoyable tale which engages the empathy of the reader. The situations are believable but not explored at depth. The writing is captivating in places and generally it is well structured, but lacks depth.

Star rating: ***

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4 thoughts on “Blue Water by Manette Ansay”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI:
    Well written and easy to read. Two members disagreed over the veracity of plot and characterisation. We found ourselves pulled both ways. Read it and make up your own mind.
    Star rating: ***


  2. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A:
    :This is a story replete with present day relationship problems which can be read and understood in a wide variety of ways depending on the point of view of the reader. The writing style is easy and the plot construction sound but hardly memorable. An ideal novel for generating discussion in a mixed sex reading group although our group (almost totally female), classified it as a woman’s book since the strongest characters are the women.
    Star rating: ***


  3. Review by Sutton Scolney Reading group:
    Generally group members thought the book a light easy read, one up from ‘chick lit’. Not a book any of us would recommend toa friend.
    Rating: **


  4. Review by Winchester Reading Group
    This is not a good book. The quality of the writing is fair but the plot, the ideas, the unsubtle manipulation of emotion make for a very poor read. Too “American” in its most pejorative sense. Basically rubbish!
    Rating: *


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