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The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard

on July 10, 2016

This book has been compared to Gone Girl (of course) and The Girl on the Train on steroids. I am sad to report that it was not. The entire time I was reading this book I thought that is was slow, and I was ready for it to pick up, but it never did.

Phil, his wife Liz, and Liz’s daughter Danielle move into an expensive community called The Palms. This resort type community is full of interesting characters and events. Phil has moved the family here so he can run the day to day operations of the community. Liz is a school counselor at a local high school. When Danielle first meets Kelsey, Liz is surprised she takes an interest in her daughter. Danielle is not the most popular girl in school, while Kelsey is and beautiful as well. Kelsey begins to take a special interest in Phil, an obsession more like. When Kelsey is discovered in the family’s pool, how she got to be there and why is unfolded through past and present tense and told from the POV of Phil and Liz.

This was an interesting story and I liked it, but did not love it. It was just a good read. Most people do not care for the ending, but if you read Gone Girl and like it, then you will be satisfied. I enjoyed the ending, and thought it was fitting.

If you like a quiet thriller this book is for you. 3 stars.


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