Red Water is a story of the 17-years old girl who went missing after the local fishermen's festivity in a small Dalmatian town in September 1989. During next months and years, due to a social upheavals (fall of communism, political changes, war...) the missing girl case is forgotten, and her family (mother, father and twin brother) is left alone in a pursuit to find her. Novel follows a timespan of 27 years, and observes the destiny of the people inolved in a case (family members, suspects, communist policeman and others).
Contemporary crime literature gives a true picture of everything that defines society and culture of a certain country", said British crime writer Ian Rankin. Pavičić's book is doing just that: through narrative that spans over 30 years it describes the war and tsunami of transition... Red Water is a first class crime novel in which a thrilling search for a provincial pretty girl interwine with a historical drama of a certain country ant its people.
Pavičić sucks in his reader into story as a maelstrom
Literary powerful work that crosses over the genre and ideological boundaries.
Construction of the Pavičić's novel is ambicious even more then usually, starting from a timespan that starts at the dawn of the 80s and ends today... Novel is perfectly fluent, with logical narrative rooting and impeccable characterisation...
„Red Water“ is not just most complex Pavičić's book in terms of structure, but- at the same time- most mature in every aspect. With this book, Pavičić raises the bar highly not just to himself, but to all the writers who are trying to use the genre structure to address the everyday social topics…. Brilliant and chilling thriller, great story from the little town!
One of the best thrillers on Croatian literature...