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The Seduction of Water

de Carol Goodman

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For Iris Greenfeder-all but published, all but a professor, and all but married to her boyfriend of ten years-the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime-and nestled inside is the sad story of her mother's death, a strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. When Iris returns to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother's biography and search for her mother's missing manuscript, she unravels a haunting mystery that threatens to envelop her.… (més)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In both The Distant Hours and The Seduction of Water a children's story drives daughters to unravel the secrets of their mothers' pasts. Atmospheric settings, storylines past and present, mysteries, and Gothic trappings propel these polished, character-centered tales.… (més)
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    The Lake of Dead Languages: A Novel de Carol Goodman (vvstokkom)
    vvstokkom: One of the best thrillers I read in a while. Even reading in summertime the cold in the story gets to you.
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(47) This was just OK - a fairly forgettable formulaic gothic mystery. hidden family secrets, an old hotel, mistaken identities, lost mothers, old artwork and jewels, etc., etc. Is it possible I have now read so much in my life, that everything seems derivative. . . This even had woven in fairy tales as allegory which I feel certain is a trope I've read in many a book.

The writing was pedestrian and I often lost the thread of the convoluted relationships between the characters, many of whom were already dead and thus never felt three dimensional. I think if dead people are going to play a big character role in a novel it helps to have some flashbacks from their perspective. I never could really care about Iris's mother or the villain, Peter Kron.

I guess Goodman's novels are OK for a plane or a beach read. The ones I have read (also 'Lake of Dead Languages, 'Sea of Lost Girls') seems to all have potentially interesting plot lines and settings but the execution is so blasé - they are ultimately disappointing and forgettable. ( )
  jhowell | Oct 9, 2020 |
Carol Goodman is one of my favorite mystery authors and did not disappoint with this story. It's about an author, Iris Greenfede, who decides to solve a mystery about her mom. Her mom was also an author who wrote a hit story, but died before the sequel was published. Iris has to go back to the hotel where her parents worked and she grew up to do some sleuthing and writing. Add in the beauty of the Catskills, a dash of romance, and a helping of art community and you have the joy of this riddle.

It wasn't my favorite by Carol Goodman but I still enjoyed myself very much while escaping to the busy, intense summer of Iris. ( )
  PaperbackPirate | Apr 28, 2020 |
Struggling to jump start her literary career, floundering writer and adjunct professor Iris Greenfeder decides to pursue questions of her mother's long past mysterious death and subsequently never completed fantasy trilogy. Spurned on by her mother's agent and a desire to unravel the secrets of her family's past, Iris returns to the Catskills hotel of her youth, her mother's writing haven and the starting point of her parents' love affair. A Gothic tale rife with mystery, secret identities, and dangerous lies. Slow to develop and lacking some of the atmospheric qualities of The Lake of Dead Languages, but a satisfying spiraling finish of murder and deceit punctuated with the images of lyrical Irish folk tales. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
A well-crafted thriller with a beautiful use of language. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
Read during Summer 2007

This didn't do it for me. Every plot point stood out a mile and I only kept going to see if I was right with all my predictions. I was pretty spot on except I didn't figure on it being a mystery to solve as well as one of those lost mother/daughter tales. Iris seems devoid of any insight and just stumbles through the plot, not seeing the obvious until it is far too late. The previous crosser described it as 'cliche ridden' and I totally agree. I did love the old hotel, though it seemed beyond unlikely that it would have existed with all it's little hand made and carved gazebos, etc. I can see some people gushing over it but it didn't float my boat at all. I also felt bashed about the head and shoulders with the fairy tale motif.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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For Iris Greenfeder-all but published, all but a professor, and all but married to her boyfriend of ten years-the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime-and nestled inside is the sad story of her mother's death, a strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. When Iris returns to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother's biography and search for her mother's missing manuscript, she unravels a haunting mystery that threatens to envelop her.

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