The Swimming Pool

The Swimming Pool

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Seven summers ago, Marcella Atkinson fell in love with Cecil McClatchey, a married father of two. But on the same night their romance abruptly ended, Cecil's wife was found murdered and their lives changed forever. The case was never solved and Cecil died soon after, an uncharged suspect. Now divorced and estranged from her only daughter, Marcella lives alone, mired in grief and guilt. Meanwhile, Cecil's grown son, Jed, returns to the Cape with his sister for the first time in years. One day he finds a woman's bathing suit buried in a closet--a relic, unbeknownst to him, of his father's affair--and, on a hunch, confronts Marcella. When they fall into an affair of their own, their passion temporarily masks the pain of the past, but also leads to crises and revelations they never could have imagined --from the jacket.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780385667913
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEC
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm

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ryner
Oct 22, 2015

Summers on Cape Cod are a family tradition for Jed and his sister Callie, but when Callie seems desperate for extra support after the birth of her second child, Jed takes leave from his job in the city to come out to the summer house. Being at the cape brings fond memories of summers at the beach, playing tennis and hosting parties by the pool, but Jed is also reminded of the tragedies his family endured, which put an end to their carefree way of life. When rummaging through a closet one day, he finds a small box containing an old bathing suit and is stunned. He remembers vividly who wore it.
Marcella lives alone in the cape town of Mashantum, busy with her garden, her cooking and her independence. She thinks only occasionally of her ex-husband Anthony, and desires that her teenage daughter Toni would visit more frequently, but is otherwise content. She avoids thinking of the painful secrets of the past until one day she answers a knock at the door to find Jed.

The Swimming Pool was a page-turner -- captivating and compelling. I was rooting for Marcella and Jed, despite the seemingly doomed and futile nature of their relationship. I'd recommend it as a beach read, partly because of the setting, if you don't mind a bit of tragedy and sadness coupled with your romance.

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redwallflower
Sep 19, 2010

I was interested in reading this book because it was described as dealing with family secrets and mystery - which is right up my alley, but, while I enjoyed reading this booked, I didn't like it as much as I had anticipated. It was well written and thought out but nothing really grabbed me or stuck with me. Also, the characters and their relationships were well developed, but I didn't particularly like any of them.

Still, there was enough of a hook to keep me interested until the end. I wanted to find out what happened in the past and what was going to happen in the present. Also, I was hooked by the descriptions of summering in the Cape, spending lazy days at the beach or by the pool.

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