The Drowning Girls

The Drowning Girls

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Spellbinding."--Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby

"Disturbing...provocative." --Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

Critically acclaimed author of The Mourning Hours and The Fragile World , Paula Treick DeBoard returns with a tale of dark secrets, shocking lies and a dangerous obsession that will change one neighborhood forever

Liz McGinnis never imagined herself living in a luxurious gated community like The Palms. Ever since she and her family moved in, she's felt like an outsider amongst the Stepford-like wives and their obnoxiously spoiled children. Still, she's determined to make it work--if not for herself, then for her husband, Phil, who landed them this lavish home in the first place, and for her daughter, Danielle, who's about to enter high school.

Yet underneath the glossy veneer of The Palms, life is far from idyllic. In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can't be trusted. So when the gorgeous girl next door befriends Danielle, Liz can't help but find sophisticated Kelsey's interest in her shy and slightly nerdy daughter a bit suspicious.

But while Kelsey quickly becomes a fixture in the McGinnis home, Liz's relationships with both Danielle and Phil grow strained. Now even her own family seems to be hiding things, and it's not long before their dream of living the high life quickly spirals out of control...

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"[The] next must-read..."--Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Smoke

"Heart-pounding." --Sophie Littlefield, New York Times bestselling author

"Suspenseful and compelling." --Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780778318378
Branch Call Number: DEBO
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 29, 2017

I liked very much Paula Treick DeBoard's writing style, and that's something I'm very strict about because this was an issue for the last 3 books I read. Besides I liked all the characters in the book which is very surprising, because they don't look anything like me. It is so sad that it wasn't bestselling like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train because in my opinion it's the same level as those books. I give this book 7.2/10 and I recommend it for everyone.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 07, 2017

This book sucked me in pretty quick with its story. I liked how the narrator felt around her self absorbed neighbors. All in all this was a good read, although I was a little disappointed with the ending.

Dec 31, 2016

The Drowning Girls serves as a powerful warning about how quickly the wrong decisions (even when they seem in loved ones’ best interest at the time) can cause fatal rifts; how realities can get twisted and seem to be the opposite of what they are; trust can degenerate into suspicion; and lives can get torn apart. This was one of those books where I wanted to tell the main characters, “Wait! Back up, rethink what you just did and do it over differently!” This story of risk and obsession was disturbing, in part because it’s easy to see how it could really happen. The exchanges between Phil and Kelsey made me uncomfortable, but, like watching the proverbial train wreck, I couldn’t look away from them, either. I didn’t see the climax coming at all. It worked well, and was even satisfying in a perverse sort of way. However, the ending itself, for me, left too much hanging. An epilogue or some other ending treatment would have pulled the final pieces together without taking anything away from the story.

Apr 27, 2016

This thriller alternates between past and present, and also switches back and forth from the point of view of both Liz and her husband Phil. The alternations make this story even more compelling, adding a depth that would be lost had the author stuck with a single point of view.

The story starts out in the present, with a horrible "accident". We know something bad has happened, though we don't know how or why. As I have said before, this kind of lead-in is my favorite way to start a thriller. Knowing a bad situation occurred but not knowing the specifics completely sucks me in immediately. I love it!

The characters in this book are very well developed and completely relatable. There were times throughout the story when I loved and then hated every single one, which shows just how in depth the character building is laid out. The writing style is simple and very easy to follow, yet compelling none the less. Plot development was outstanding, the author giving just enough to keep you hooked, yet not so much that you know where the story is leading.

I don't want to post any spoilers. This book is best read not knowing any more information than what the reader reads in the summary. The Drowning Girls is suspenseful and chilling, full of twists and turns. It was a great, 4 star, modern-thriller read for me!

This was my first book by author Paula Treick DeBoard but will not be my last! Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin (US & Canada) for allowing me the digital ARC to read and give my honest review.

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