Thursday, November 29

Book Review: The Whirlpool

Title: The Whirlpool

Author: Jane Urquhart

Pages: EBook 224

Summary: Written in luminous prose, The Whirlpool is a haunting tale set in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in the summer of 1889. This is the season of reckless river stunts, a time when the undertaker’s widow is busy with funerals, her days shadowed by her young son’s curious silence. Across the street in Kick’s Hotel, where Fleda and her husband, David McDougal, have temporary rooms, Fleda dreams of the place above the whirlpool where she first encountered the poet, a man who enters her life and, unwittingly, changes everything. As the summer progresses, the lives of these characters become entangled, and darker, more sinister currents gain momentum.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book was alright. The writing was extremely well done, you wouldn't know it was the author's first novel based on the quality and style of writing.  But I did find that the characters and the story itself fell a little flat for me.

All of the characters are rather eccentric, they all have their own struggles they are trying to deal with. And the author shows that throughout the book. There is no denying that the characters were well developed and written, but there was always something missing in this book, and I'm not sure what it was. Perhaps something to bring everything together better, but I just felt, I was missing something in the end.
There were a lot of themes in the book - it's the perfect book for a book club, and I'd still recommend it as a book to read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. It wouldn't be the top of my list by the author, but might still be worth checking out.

What to read next: I'd read more by the author.


  1. Interesting. I read a book called "Whirlpool" this year. An historical set in the Falls also but an entirely different book! I live here and like to read local his.fic. Will have to add this to my tbr!

  2. The "local" atmosphere was interesting, it's sort of locak for me, but not, but I did appreciate that aspect of the book. I think those more familiar with the area would really appreciate it.