Review: 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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