Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review: Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry

What would you do if you saw what you think is a child being thrown overboard? Would you jump in and find out for sure? What would you do if you then rescued a child that was thrown overboard? Well Troy Chance dives in without thinking twice and her whole life changes as a result. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was original, well paced and had some great twists and turns. I found myself putting myself into to Troy's shoes...what would I do in the same circumstance? I really enjoyed this novel and I am looking forward to the next book in the series A Cold and Lonely Place: A Novel by Sara J. Henry (Feb 5, 2013).

Learning to SwimBook Description:
“If I’d blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn’t, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward the water.”

When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore with a tiny passenger on her back.
     Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He’ll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he’s resolutely mute.
     Troy assumes that Paul’s frantic parents will be in touch with the police or the press. But what follows is a shocking and deafening silence. And Troy, a freelance writer, finds herself as fiercely determined to protect Paul as she is to find out what happened to him. What she uncovers will take her into a world of wealth and privilege and heedless self-indulgence—a world in which the murder of a child is not unthinkable. She’ll need skill and courage to survive and protect her charge and herself.  
     Sara J. Henry’s powerful and compelling Learning to Swim will move and disturb readers right up to its shattering conclusion.

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