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Our Wives Under the Sea: #bookreview

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Our Wives Under The Sea by Julia Armfield goes back and forth between the present urban setting where Leah lives with her wife, Miri, and flashbacks of the submarine in which Leah and her crew sink to the bottom of the ocean. It is interesting to learn about some of the creatures that survive at the bottom of the ocean. Leah and the crew may have come into contact with one of these rare creatures.

Leah is a marine biologist who is on a research expedition when the submarine sinks. She and the crew think that it is unusual that their workplace, the Centre, has stocked enough food and supplies for much longer than the trip was supposed to be. They wonder if they are the ones being examined.

When they resurface, Leah is not the same. Miri calls the Centre constantly to find out anything about what is happening. Leah spends most of her time in the bathtub or with all of the taps running. She has to drink salt water to feel a bit better. Miri says that when Leah does get out of the bathrub, she leaves a weird film in the tub. Could she be disintegrating?

Miri realizes that the Centre is no longer contacting her and seem to have disappeared. How will she find any answers to save her wife?

Towards the end of the book, Miri meets Juna, the sister of one of the crew members. She also knows that something weird happened on the expedition. They might not find out what but they confirm that they aren’t imaging things. They both need a friend that knows that the Centre is hiding the truth.

Miri and Juna move Leah to a house by the sea. It seems like the best place to take Leah because she is reaching the end of her life. It doesn’t seem fair that they might not know why. Only Leah’s flashbacks give a glimpse into what it might have been that caused her to disintegrate.

If you are a fan of things like the movies Leviathan or The Abyss, then you may enjoy Our Wives Under The Sea. If you are a sneaky research facility with something to hide or a gigantic yet lonely octopus, then you might not enjoy it as much.

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