The Swimming Pool

The Swimming Pool

A Novel

Paperback - 2011
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An illicit affair, an unsolved murder, an intense summer romance in Cape Cod - introducing Holly LeCraw's explosive and stunningly-written debut.

Seven summers ago, on Cape Cod, Marcella Atkinson - a married woman - fell in love with Cecil McClatchey, married father of two. Fuelled by desire and mutual respect, a secret affair blossomed, but when Cecil's wife was murdered, their romance promptly ended. Cecil died soon after, and while his wife's murder has never been solved, he remains a suspect.

Years later, Marcella returns to her beach house on the Cape, where she encounters Cecil's grown son, Jed, who remembers her quite vividly from his youth. As both of them struggle to cope with the grief and loss of the past, they fall into a torrid and complicated affair. But as their relationship deepens, it leads to emotional crises and revelations about the unsolved murder of Jed's mother. Brilliant and seductive, this is a debut novel about love in all its forms and about the ripple effects of actions both good and evil.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, 2011, c2010.
ISBN: 9780385667920
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,21 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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