Book Review: Drowning Instinct


Book Review: Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

First sentence: "'Look,' says the detective. He stares down at the girl huddled on the gurney."

From Amazon.com: "There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.) Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother--until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and everyone cries for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.) Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism. And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.) Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds--and the rules."

My take: This is a disturbing book. But it's not disturbing because it's unreal. It's disturbing because stuff like this really happens. More often than we realize. The story begins with Jenna in the ER. The book is her story. What has led up to where she is and why she's there. Her story as she tells it to "Bob," the detective. I enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. Even though there were times I didn't like what was happening. Or times where it was about to head down a road I wasn't sure I wanted to read about. Some surprises along the way will keep you alert. This is the second book in a row I've read by Ilsa J. Bick and I'm hooked. Jenna's attitude may come across as snarky at times, but I think that's more because she's just plain tired of it all by the end of the book, which is really the beginning. :)

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Bites
Examiner.com

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (February 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0761377522
ISBN-13: 978-0761377528






5 comments :

Pamela Kramer said...

Loved it, too. Here's my review: http://www.examiner.com/young-adult-fiction-in-chicago/drowning-instinct-by-ilsa-j-bick-review

Lori L. Clark said...

Thanks Pamela! Now I just want to read all of her stuff. Except maybe the Star Trek stuff. :)

Karen said...

I wasn't sure this was my kind of book, but once I read the first couple of chapters I was hooked. I love Ilsa's writing. Loved this book. Stayed with me when I finished. That's when I know I really enjoyed... Most books I read are gone almost as soon as I close the book. Not so with Drowning Instinct! Her book Ashes is one of my all time favorites!

Karen said...

I wasn't sure this was my kind of book, but once I read the first couple of chapters I was hooked. I love Ilsa's writing. Loved this book. Stayed with me when I finished. That's when I know I really enjoyed... Most books I read are gone almost as soon as I close the book. Not so with Drowning Instinct! Her book Ashes is one of my all time favorites!

Karen said...

I wasn't sure this was my kind of book, but once I read the first couple of chapters I was hooked. I love Ilsa's writing. Loved this book. Stayed with me when I finished. That's when I know I really enjoyed... Most books I read are gone almost as soon as I close the book. Not so with Drowning Instinct! Her book Ashes is one of my all time favorites!

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