Friday, March 1, 2019

The Drowning by J.P. Smith

The Drowning
Release Date: January 8th, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: E-Book
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon

Every summer camp has a ghost story. For Alex Parson, that story came true—and twenty-one years later, the ghost from that story is back for revenge… 
Every summer camp has a ghost story. While Alex is working as a swimming instructor at a rural boys' camp, he hears the tale of John Otis, who is rumored to snatch one boy from the camp every seventh summer. It's a ridiculous story, clearly meant to rile up the campers.The next day, an eight-year-old boy named Joey Proctor is in Alex's swimming group. Frustrated by Joey's fear of the water, Alex leaves him on a raft in the lake, tells him to swim back on his own, and storms off. Alex returns after nightfall to find the raft empty. Joey is never seen again.Now, twenty-one years later, Alex is a wealthy Manhattan-based real estate developer with a trophy wife and two young daughters. But someone is after Alex—it seems Joey Proctor is back, and he wants revenge…

 This is my first J.P. Smith novel, but I can easily tell you that it won't be my last! The Drowning is a psychological thriller that takes you on a dark and winding rollercoaster! Whipping you through its twists and turns, leaving you in suspense until the very last chapter.

I went into this book pretty neutral. I thought it was going to be your "typical" mystery/thriller but I was completely blown away with how it pulled me in immediately. You'll devour this gripping story and will stay completely absorbed until the very end.

What I loved about The Drowning was how, intentionally, unlikeable the main character is. I believe the author made it his mission for us to not really want to root for Alex. His very egotistic nature lands him in hot water many times. Having said that, Alex was an excellent main character. His nerves definitely add to the heart-pounding aspect of the story.

The Drowning is a pulse-racing pageturner that will have you utterly captivated. The author's fantastic storytelling leaves you breathless and on the edge of your seat. A haunting good time!
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