The devastation and aftermath of family tragedy is at the heart of this story.

It begins around a swimming pool on a hot summer day in a village on Cape Cod. We meet friends, but specifically, we zero in on two couples: Cecil and Betsy and Anthony and Marcella.

What happens over the next few weeks and months will forever alter all their lives. First, inexplicably, Cecil and Marcella begin an affair.

Then later, on a November evening, death greets Betsy when she arrives home after an outing with friends.

Who is guilty of murder, and what set this chain of events in motion?

Years later, Marcella and Anthony are divorced. Cecil, too, has died, presumably of a heart attack. And Callie, a grown daughter of Cecil and Betsy has returned to the family’s summer home. Soon, her brother Jed follows, to help her out while her husband is in the city during the week. She has just given birth to her second child, and she is obviously struggling.

Then Jed, who has been obsessed with Marcella ever since that first summer, begins an affair with her in her summer house a few miles away.

The past, the present, and the uncertain future all collide as events seemingly link together and questions are finally answered. Some questions, however, will always remain a mystery. And the guilt that blankets all their lives will forever remain in place.

At times I found it difficult to follow the transitions between the past and the present, but the story itself was compelling enough that I kept reading rapidly toward the ending. I would grant The Swimming Pool 4.5 stars.



  1. OH I won this book from Glue and am looking forward to reading it. Sounds like an interesting read.
    Thanks for the review, sometimes the past present thing is very confusing for me! I read a couple of books where it goes back and forth and it is hard to keep track.
    Natalie :0)


    • Thanks for stopping by to check this out, Amanda…I guess I would have to say that I’m drawn to “messy” lives, too! You’ll probably notice that also when you read the books I wrote!


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