Review: Sara Gruen’s ‘At the Water’s Edge’

April 24, 2015 4:45 PM

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Review: Sara Gruen’s ‘At the Water’s Edge’

Take a hunt for the Loch Ness monster, set it during the last, tumultuous year of World War II and add a troubled marriage between an emotionally fragile heiress and a hard-drinking, sexually ambivalent charmer, and you’ve got the makings of a sensational novel — or an overwrought, melodramatic dud. Fortunately, At the Water’s Edge was written by the talented Sara Gruen, author of the bestselling Water for Elephants.

Her utterly winning story unfurls in 1945 in the Scottish highlands, at a time when fighter planes scream across northern skies. Here, three Americans — wealthy young couple Maddie and Ellis and their best friend Hank — intend to search for Nessie. Ellis and Hank, who could not enlist due to colorbl...

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