I have never read anything quite like this before. This story rippled my interest because it was such a unsual story. I must say The Madness is literally unputdownable. Alison Rattle fabulous descriptions of Marine's frock and Noah's silk white stockings were an added bonus of detail. Alison has painted such a convincing picture of the sea and the shabby little house that Marnie lives in to the very grand manor that Noah stays in. It shines bright and clear that Alison Rattle is a perfectionist for detail.
The story is set in Somersetshire, 1868 in a seaside village that is framed for its sea cures. Marnie's ma is a dipper who dipped Marnie from such a young age in to the sea to help her crippled daughter that has polio. Now Marnie swims in the sea like a mermaid. Rich ladies from all over London pay Marnie's ma good money to be dipped believing that they will be cured. A very rich Lady de Clevedon and her son Noah arrive to Somersetshire and stay in a beautiful grand manor. Lady de Clevedon pays good money to be dipped by Marnie's Ma in hope that she will be cured. Marnie and Noah strike up a friendship with Marnie thinking that her life will change now she has met Noah. As the story adapts it shapes into so much more that it would be a shame to reveal all. This is a story that holds a flow of sorrowfulness, but a joy to read. I hope many readers will take the opportunity to read The Madness. I do hope that all readers will enjoy reading this delightful story as much as I have.