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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