Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan is a highly publicized novel which came as a disappointment to me. Although there were things I liked about the book, the positives were far outweighed by negative reactions I had to a number of plot twists.
Because the story centers on the missing loving father of a seemingly innocent girl, I forged from beginning to end waiting for an answer to his whereabouts. The mysterious disappearance hooked me, but there was literally so much water in one form or another that I became drenched in an extremely unbelievable story.
For anyone reading this who has read the book, I must say that I found the life choices of Anna, the daughter, ludicrous at best.
My recommendation is to steer clear of this novel. It was too far-fetched for this reader.