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Critical Praise

"Mystery, folklore, a thoroughly modern romance, a strong sense of place, and a winning combination of erudition and accessibility make this second novel a treat."

——Publishers Weekly

"Alluring . . . [An] atmospheric page-turner. . . Combining dark fairy tale themes with a modern tale of suspense, Goodman succeeds in crafting another captivating mystery."

——Pages magazine

"With this exciting second book . . . Goodman establishes herself as a writer to watch in the field of literary thrillers."

——Library Journal(starred review)

"Gripping . . . Entrancing . . . A completely involving mystery cleverly tied in with several fairy tales."

——Booklist

"VERY INTRIGUING AND SATISFYING."

——Charleston Post & Courier

"The new novel more than redeems the promise of the first with a many-layered, subtle piece of fiction. . . . The reader steps into the story almost as one would step into a conversation with a good friend."

——The Denver Post

"Goodman's crisp, graceful writing keeps the reader engaged through the zigzagging plot. Lively and funny, Iris makes for a likable narrator. Throughout, the reader experiences pleasurable tension between wanting to find out what happens next and trying to savor the descriptions of place and people. . . . Fashioning one story from many, Goodman gives readers both an entertaining mystery and an intriguing glimpse into why we turn to stories in the first place."

——The Boston Globe

"[A] TAUT THRILLER . . .ANOTHER HOME RUN FOR CAROL GOODMAN . . . The Seduction of Water combines folk tales and gothic horror with a thoroughly modern story. . . . Though this is the kind of book you'll stay up late reading, don't go so fast you miss the beautiful lyrical writing."

——Burlington Free Press

"LIKE THE BEST MYSTERIES, The Seduction of Water offers puzzles and twists galore but still tells a human story."

——The Boston Globe

"GOTHIC MYSTERY . . . Seduction enchants with its fairy-tale motif and sensuous atmospherics."

——People (Page-turner of the week)

"TRULY A SEDUCTIVE READING EXPERIENCE . . . Grabs the reader on the first page and holds on for the entire journey."

——The Denver Post

"An atmospheric thriller, but a smart one with a racing story line."

——New York magazine