It is very rare that I choose not to finish a novel that I’ve agreed to review. Unfortunately, however, that was the case with a new Revell release by Erin Bartels, entitled “The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water”.
I still believe that Erin is a gifted and powerful writer, and her writing ability in this novel is no less exemplary than in her previous stories (all of which I admired). However, the content of this book is not something I am comfortable reading. I consider myself a mature reader, but some things go beyond what I am willing to read in a story. I am fully aware that awful things happen in the world, that child molestation is a real and horrendous reality that causes the suffering of far too many – but for me that doesn’t mean I want to read about it when I sit down with a book for enjoyment and relaxation. Yes, I do read books for growth and to challenge me as a person, but this was too much.
I regret not being able to finish this novel, but stand by my choice. For others who have a different perspective about reading novels founded on difficult issues, I respect your strength immensely! And I also admire the author for her courage to write about this subject. But for me, I have closed the pages of “The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water” about halfway through, and will not be picking it up again.
* I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Thank you for your honesty. I am reading it now but I am only on about chapter 5. I did not know there were things like that in the book. I am a sensitive reader and I feel like there are things that need to have a trigger warning on them.
Thanks for your understanding, Cindy. I was unaware of the content in the story too, when I first started. I agree, sometimes I feel like there should be a little warning label too.