Book Title: The Drowning Girls
Author: Paula Treick DeBoard
Genres: Psychological Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Contemporary, Family
Date Read: 02/26/16
Thank you Netgalley for my digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book was simply “unputdownable”! I hated to see it end; not sure what that says of me as the subject matter in this one was not pleasant at all. This story has been done many times before in various forms, but this did not take away from the experience of this one.
I’ve not read a book by this author before but this story was gripping from the very first page. It was dramatic and suspenseful in a slow building, simmering way. The plot is straight forward and if you read the blurb you get the general story, but there were quite a few twists that I didn’t see coming. I could feel my stomach roil as the “situation” grew more entangled. I loved how the story was told from both Liz and Phil’s pov as flash backs that were broken up with snippets of the present day “trauma”. Many apologies for being so vague but I’d hate to spoil anything for the reader!
The characters were well developed and completely relatable to me; I empathized with both Phil and Liz as things gradually got worse for them and Liz’s daughter, Danielle. The writing and plot are very straight forward but addicting none the less. It may not have had a plot twist as dramatic as Gone Girl or TGOTT, but IMO (humbly) this book was so much better. It didn’t have to rely on “the big twist” to make it memorable or popular. Highly recommended and so glad to have had the opportunity to read this! I think this one is a great domestic suspense for men and women alike as the storyline caters to both with the varying gender POVs.