Water Shall Refuse Them

Water Shall Refuse Them

The heatwave of 1976. Following the accidental drowning of her sister, sixteen-year-old Nif and her family move to a small village on the Welsh borders to escape their grief. But rural seclusion doesn't bring any relief. As her family unravels, Nif begins to put together her own form of witchcraft - collecting talismans from the sun-starved land. That is, until she meets M The heatwave of 1976. Following the accidental drowning of her sister, sixteen-year-old Nif and her family move to a smal...

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Title:Water Shall Refuse Them
Author:Lucie McKnight Hardy
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Water Shall Refuse Them
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Water Shall Refuse Them Reviews

  • Blair
    Jul 12, 2019
    It?s the summer of 1976, the year of an infamous heatwave in the UK, and teenage Nif and her family ? mum, dad and little brother Lorry ? are spending a month in a cottage on the Welsh borders. Together, they?re living through the aftermath of a shared tragedy; the getaway is s...
  • Andy Weston
    Jul 15, 2019
    Folk tales seem to be the vibe at the moment, this following hot on the heels of the likes of Lanny and Ghost Wall . Their settings in the British countryside remind us that such stories are all a part of our heritage, often passed on across generations just by word of mouth. Set ...
  • Daniel Carpenter
    Apr 04, 2019
    Fascinating and creepy folk horror novel set during a heatwave in the 70's. McKnight Hardy does a great job building the tension between outsiders in a small Welsh town and the fervently religious townsfolk. There are shades of Shirley Jackson and, as other reviewers have pointed out, ...
  • Robert
    Jul 13, 2019
    At the moment Malta is going through a heatwave. When you go out the sun?s heat pounds at your head, sweat drips off you and everything is hazy. Thankfully I read Water Shall Refuse them in my air-conditioned living room but I could definitely relate to the book. The setting is th...
  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    Aug 09, 2019
    This is compelling enough that I read it in a day - but I was so disappointed in it. The Welsh village didn't feel real and neither did the people who lived there and I didn't really get the feeling of the 1976 heatwave either. The twist is pretty obvious from the start and it just all...
  • Sarah
    Jul 26, 2019
    3.5 rounded down My first venture into the "horror folk" genre, this is a creepy slow-burn of a novel set in the heatwave of '76. It sounds a bit silly but I think it helped that I read this in the mini heatwave we had earlier this month - the atmosphere was perfectly fitting for th...
  • Victoria Ellis
    Jul 10, 2019
    Water Shall Refuse Them id the debut novel of Welsh writer Lucie McKnight Hardy. I was lucky enough to meet Lucie on one of her Waterstones tour stops and get my copy signed, as Water Shall Refuse Them is Waterstones' Welsh Book of the Month. When I first read the synopsis it sounded v...
  • Dan Coxon
    Mar 22, 2019
    Having been a fan of Lucie McKnight Hardy's stories for some time, I couldn't wait to read this debut novel - and I wasn't disappointed. The term 'Folk Horror' will be used in many reviews, and rightly so. This is a novel that taps into local folklore and insular rural societies, spinn...
  • Lady R
    Sep 01, 2019
    Not for me sadly as several people I know loved this. Lots of tropey/cliched characters and an ending that I spotted from very early on but which when it came still seemed too rushed. Trigger Warnings too for lots of animal and child cruelty. I really struggled with this book :-( ...
  • Daniel
    Jul 07, 2019
    I'm sorry but this re-telling of Scooby Doo on Zombie Island was just too predictable, unrealised and slightly naff. ...
  • Rachel Louise Atkin
    May 11, 2019
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Dead Ink, who are a small UK based company publishing off-the-wall, innovative, and intelligent works of fiction. I requested this because it was marketed as a Shirley Jackson-esque, coming-of-age novel set in the 1970s, which ticked t...
  • Siobhan
    Mar 23, 2019
    Water Shall Refuse Them is an retro coming-of-age novel with a horror edge, set in a heatwave in 1970s rural Wales. Sixteen-year-old Nif, her little brother Lorry, and her parents are spending the summer in a cottage in Wales following the death of her sister. Instead of healing, the s...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 27, 2019
    3.25? I did enjoy this tense story set during the heatwave of 1976 and it was fitting to read it over the hottest of August Bank Holiday weekends BUT it didn't quite live up to the hype or deliver on the folk horror promises I had expected. Not really horror nor speculative fiction...
  • K.J. Charles
    Aug 12, 2019
    British folk / psychological horror, somewhere between The Wasp Factory and The Wicker Man. It's set in the 1976 heatwave, and both the stifling heat and the sense of impending threat roll off the page. Beautifully written, properly horrible, a completely compelling read. It doesn't un...
  • Tom Mooney
    Aug 03, 2019
    Jesus wept! This takes a long while to get going but the payoff is massive. It's as dark and disturbing a book as I've read in a long time, full of brooding violence, creepy religious ritual and with a killer ending. It reminded me a lot of The Wasp Factory, Shirley Jackson and,...
  • Tanis Eve
    Aug 28, 2019
    I loved this so much I?ve just preordered the audiobook so I can experience it again asap ? ...
  • Contrary Reader
    Aug 22, 2019
    It appears folk horror is my new thing. Hail Merricat, mother of all disturbed teens. This one sees Mally and Nif maurauding through the Welsh Valleys, wearing their outsider status as a badge of pride. Totemic and portentous. Oozing with a malignant atmosphere. Glorious ...
  • John Rennie
    Jul 25, 2019
    I found this a very atmospheric book. Partly this is because I remember the long hot summer of 1976 and indeed I would have been about Nif's age at the time. I also lived in a small village in a valley, in the Mendip hills not the Welsh mountains, though fortunately the inhabitants wer...
  • Jacqueline Grima
    Jul 28, 2019
    Water Shall Refuse Them tells the story of 16-year-old Nif. In an attempt to escape the repercussions of a family tragedy, Nif, along with her parents and younger brother Lorry, head to rural Wales in the summer heatwave of 1976, the change of scenery and their attempts at reconciliati...
  • Alexandra Pearson
    Apr 21, 2019
    A good but not great book. I love a bit of Folk Horror, but felt this relied more on stereotypes of village people than conjuring up the untameable power of nature or the eerieness you can find in folk tales and lore. I also saw the end coming. It's far from terrible, and I know a lot ...
  • Shelley
    Aug 07, 2019
    I was bewitched by the comparisons readers are making between this book and the novels of Andrew Michael Hurley. Many of the same intriguing elements are at play: atmospheric and brooding UK settings, clueless pilgrims finding themselves surrounded by volatile locals, a syncretism of C...
  • Evie Braithwaite
    Aug 06, 2019
    3.5 stars This was a creepy coming of age story set in a remote village on the Welsh borders during the heatwave of 1976. With the mini heatwave the UK endured recently, the novel?s atmosphere was palpable. In the village, the locals despise the outsiders, something which Nif and ...
  • Alice Slater
    May 03, 2019
    I absolutely loved this witchy ritualistic obsessive coming of age story, set in a remote English village during the heatwave of 1976. Languid, dark, tragic: it?s like The Wasp Factory meets The Girls, but also kind of like nothing else. ...
  • Ross Jeffery
    May 15, 2019
    If you?ve not heard the name Lucie McKnight Hardy, then you better stand up and take notice ? because with her latest offering Water Shall Refuse Them, I firmly believe that it announces her to the literary world and with it introduces a writer that will change the literary landsca...
  • L.P. Ring
    Jul 29, 2019
    Really well-paced. There is a constant sense of unease throughout and the reader never feels as if the story is padded out (a real gripe of mine). Thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in not-so-Merry Old England of the last century or with an interest in folk horror. ...
  • Charles Thorpe
    Jul 28, 2019
    I couldn't put this book down. There's a centripetal force to the narrative that pulls you with it, and you find you're being sucked deeper and deeper toward the center of a mystery, a dark and nasty black hole. It left me feeling profoundly unsettled. It somehow taps into feelings tha...
  • S.A. Harris
    Aug 17, 2019
    Set during the summer heatwave of 1976, Nif and her family leave their home to spend a month in a small rural Welsh village in the hope they can begin to heal following the death of Nif?s younger sister. But the village is isolated, the locals hostile and Nif is bored and preoccupi...
  • Jessica
    Aug 08, 2019
    4.5 stars I absolutely loved about 85% of Water Shall Refuse Them. Set in a heatwave during 1976, 16 year old Nif and her family are recovering from a tragic incident. Her father?s friend offers them the use of his cottage in a rural Welsh village, so Nif, her father, her mother ...
  • BucketOfEntrails
    Jul 17, 2019
    I think I was expecting something else from this book but unfortunately it turned out to be a somewhat predictable and ultimately very unsatisfying read. The foreshadowing throughout is about as subtle as a sledgehammer and you'll see the ending coming from about page 20. Disappointing...
  • Horror DNA
    Jul 08, 2019
    Depending on where you are in the world, you?re most likely experiencing some unusual weather (hello, climate change). Here in the UK we?re complaining about the soaring heat and lack of rain (our poor grass!), we love a moan, especially when it comes to weather. So the timing of L...