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Review: The Drowning Girls

September 20, 2016

The Drowning Girls

When high school guidance counselor Liz’s husband, Phil, gets a job managing The Palms, an exclusive neighborhood, they’re provided a home in the neighborhood to live in.  It’s way out of their league and Liz doesn’t feel like she fits in but she’s determined to make it work for her family.  Shortly after they move in, they’re invited to a charity event in the neighborhood and, while there, Liz accepts an invitation to a pool party for her quiet, nerdy daughter Danielle.

At the party, Danielle meets Kelsey, the gorgeous, brazen girl who lives next door.  The two quickly become friends but it doesn’t take long for Liz to see the friendship isn’t what it seems and Kelsey is up to something.  Things start to unravel and Liz’s relationships with Phil and Danielle fall apart and she can’t find a way to fix things.

The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard was an addictive read.  Liz and her family are in over their heads in the exclusive neighborhood they find themselves in and not just financially.  The other teens are far more sophisticated than Danielle so she finds herself in a friendship with out of control Kelsey and she doesn’t know how to handle it.  Kelsey is manipulative and destructive and her parents cover up for and defend her along the way.  Her actions threaten to destroy Liz’s family and there doesn’t seem to be a way out.

The point of view alternates between Liz and Phil and I was hooked on this book from the very start.  At first it seems Liz and her family have landed in the ideal neighborhood but the ugly underside quickly comes out.  Appearance is everything so secrets must be covered up.  I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know what would happen next.  Anyone who’s ever felt like a fish out of water will relate to Liz.

The audio version of The Drowning Girls is narrated by Amy McFadden and David Atlas and they both did an outstanding job.  I highly recommend this book, especially on audio!

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Patty permalink
    September 20, 2016 8:13 am

    This sounds really good…but I better not listen to it…I will have to read it!

  2. September 20, 2016 8:17 am

    Sounds to me like it would make a good audio choice because I love multiple narrators.

  3. bookingmama permalink
    September 20, 2016 8:29 am

    That sounds like a good one! I’ll have to check it out.

  4. September 20, 2016 9:28 am

    Ohhh this sounds exciting, definitely adding to my TBR list. Hope your enjoying Behind Closed Doors.

  5. September 20, 2016 9:40 am

    I want to read this, it sounds really good.

  6. September 20, 2016 9:41 am

    Looks like a good one.

  7. September 20, 2016 9:50 am

    You definitely made me curious about it!

  8. September 20, 2016 12:13 pm

    Oh, I am appalled by the behavior of some teens, but never surprised. This does sound like a book you can’t put down. Thanks for sharing.

  9. September 20, 2016 4:20 pm

    I love when you get hooked from the beginning.

  10. September 20, 2016 4:31 pm

    I had not heard of this one before

  11. September 20, 2016 5:26 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad you found this addictive. Excellent review!

  12. September 21, 2016 4:31 pm

    I have this audiobook and must make time to listen to it soon! Love addictive listens 🙂

  13. September 21, 2016 5:25 pm

    I am so fascinated with stories about a neighborhood. I need this one.

  14. September 22, 2016 5:01 pm

    oh gosh this one sounds so good!

  15. September 26, 2016 11:16 pm

    looks good. heading to goodreads to add it to my list!

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