The Drowning

The Drowning

J.P. Smith / Jun 18, 2019

The Drowning Every summer camp has a ghost story For Alex Parson that story came true and twenty one years later the ghost from that story is back for revenge Every summer camp has a ghost story While Alex is wo

  • Title: The Drowning
  • Author: J.P. Smith
  • ISBN: 1492669008
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every summer camp has a ghost story For Alex Parson, that story came true and twenty one years later, the ghost from that story is back for revenge Every summer camp has a ghost story While Alex is working as a swimming instructor at a rural boys camp, he hears the tale of John Otis, who is rud to snatch one boy from the camp every seventh summer It s a ridiculous Every summer camp has a ghost story For Alex Parson, that story came true and twenty one years later, the ghost from that story is back for revenge Every summer camp has a ghost story While Alex is working as a swimming instructor at a rural boys camp, he hears the tale of John Otis, who is rud to snatch one boy from the camp every seventh summer It s a ridiculous story, clearly meant to rile up the campers.The next day, an eight year old boy named Joey Proctor is in Alex s swimming group Frustrated by Joey s fear of the water, Alex leaves him on a raft in the lake, tells him to swim back on his own, and storms off Alex returns after nightfall to find the raft empty Joey is never seen again.Now, twenty one years later, Alex is a wealthy Manhattan based real estate developer with a trophy wife and two young daughters But someone is after Alex it seems Joey Proctor is back, and he wants revenge Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 336 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark More Details ISBN 1492669008 ISBN13 9781492669005 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Drowning, please sign up

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learned to swim Swim instructor Alex Mason isn t about to let Joey detract from his promise that all campers would know how to swim by the end of camp Alex believes in learning by doing so he pulls young Joey to the deep end of the lake, hauling him onto a raft and swimming away Joey has two options swim to shore or remain on the raft, alone After evening meals, Joey s presence is finally missed by his counselor, Steve who had been away for the afternoon Alex slinks off to check the lake and finds the raft empty Despite a police led search Joey is never seen again As camp closes and the campers and staff go home, Alex carries the secret of Joey s last moments with him Twenty one years later Alex is a successful business man with a wife and two daughters Alex seems to have it all, until strange things begin to happen around him Things that force him to recall that long forgotten summer when little Joey Proctor disappeared without a trace Could Joey be alive and out for vengeance Does someone know Alex s secret and want him to pay One of the things that struck me most about this book is how many ruthless, unlikeable characters there are There are so many underlying motives and cut throat dealings I felt bad for Alex s wife and daughters They were living with the ultimate wolf in sheep s clothing As things escalate and come to a head Alex unravels His fear, anxiety and sense of preservation catapult him into one disastrous decision after another I honestly found my dislike for him growing with each turn of the page Which I am positive was J.P Smith s goal This was definitely one of those books that will keep you turning the pages, while you shake your head Don t expect everything to be tied up with a nice bow at the end I actually found myself having to go back when I was done to re read parts that stood out to me so I could connect a few dots to my satisfaction Overall, I really enjoyed this one I m all for a book that makes me pay attention and does things a bit outside the box Well done J.P Smith I look forward to reading from you flag 117 likesLike see review View all 35 comments Jan 12, 2019 Debra rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley When the Author of this book was eight years old, he was left on a raft and told by a camp counselor that he had to either swim back even though he did not know how to swim and was afraid of deep water or stay on the raft and die That memory stayed with him and became the inspiration for this novel.Eight year old Joey Proctor has been taken to summer camp by his parents It is his first time away from home and he is naturally nervous Listening to the camp fire stories about an urban legend, When the Author of this book was eight years old, he was left on a raft and told by a camp counselor that he had to either swim back even though he did not know how to swim and was afraid of deep water or stay on the raft and die That memory stayed with him and became the inspiration for this novel.Eight year old Joey Proctor has been taken to summer camp by his parents It is his first time away from home and he is naturally nervous Listening to the camp fire stories about an urban legend, John Otis, a man who abducts children from the camp every seven years, doesn t help to make the young campers feel safe.One day at during swimming group, a swimming instructor named Alex, becomes frustrated with Joey s fear of the water and takes him out to a raft in the middle of the lake and leaves Joey there Joey must either get over his fear of water and swim back to shore or stay on the raft When Joey cannot be found later, a search goes underway but young Joey is never seen again.Years later, Alex is living a very prosperous and successful life in Manhattan He is married with a wife and two daughters He wants what happened that summer to remain in the past but soon things begin happening in his life, things that bring up the past, things that make him question if Joey is still alive, if he is out there waiting and plotting revenge Because if it s not Joey tormenting him and his family, then who Why A business rival A spurned lover I found this book to be a fast read with some twists and turns There are also some unanswered questions which some might find to be frustrating There are some unanswered questions and I have mixed feelings about this Overall, a very enjoyable psychological thriller which had me guessing and scratching my head all at the same time There were some parts that had me wondering if I missed something and wondering was there going to be a part two to this book to answer some questions that remained In the section of the book titled A conversations with the Author , the author does state I think it s best that each reader comes up with the answer that s most satisfactory to him or her For me this was great escapism reading on a rainy day Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own flag 108 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Jan 16, 2019 NZLisaM rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 2019, suspense, mystery, crime Joey must have moved the moment the shutter opened Because his face, out of all the others, was slightly blurred As if he were already existing in another time, midway between life and death Alex Mason has everything he ever wanted He s a successful, well respected, property developer a self made man, living in a million dollar home, with his beautiful blonde wife, and two adoring daughters But someone is intent on destroying Alex s picture perfect life Because Alex has a secret one Joey must have moved the moment the shutter opened Because his face, out of all the others, was slightly blurred As if he were already existing in another time, midway between life and death Alex Mason has everything he ever wanted He s a successful, well respected, property developer a self made man, living in a million dollar home, with his beautiful blonde wife, and two adoring daughters But someone is intent on destroying Alex s picture perfect life Because Alex has a secret one in particular that could ruin him if it ever became public Twenty one years ago, when he was working as a swimming counsellor at Camp Waukeelo, he challenged his campers to swim out to a raft, and back When eight year old, Joey Proctor, unable to swim, and deathly afraid of deep water, refused, Alex dragged him out to the raft, and told him that his only way back was to toughen up and swim Then, he left him there, alone in the middle of the lake And that was the last time Joey Proctor was ever seen Or, was it There s nothing quite like a good revenge story This was a sinfully delicious read from start to finish But, it was the ending that really stood out talk about clever You got me, J P Smith, well played I m still theorising over it But, and this is a big but, you were left with questions and ambiguity, which may not sit well with some readers I thought it was brilliant I m kicking myself that I didn t figure it out earlier, as the clues were there.When the harassment towards Alex first started, I liked how the scares resembled childlike pranks, like something an actual eight year old would do, as if, if it were really Joey behind it, then he hadn t aged a day since he disappeared gave me chills The telling of the campfire legend in the opening chapter, bouncing from one camp counsellor to another, at different points in the tale, was ingenious and creepy Alex was an arrogant, self centered, despicable character, who felt little remorse or responsibility for his part in Joey s disappearance, believing his only crime was forgetting Joey for a few hours, and that whatever happened to the boy after that point was not his fault Not only that, when he s first threatened, it takes him a while to even recall what he did to Joey as a possible reason for someone wanting to harm him There are advantages to novels where the revenge directed at the protagonist is well deserved I couldn t help relishing what was in store Alex, and anticipating how far things were going to escalate, and what Alex s reactions would be But, there were some tense and worrying moments, involving Alex s wife, and daughters, characters I definitely cared about, and didn t want to see harmed I wasn t overly fond of the dream like writing style in Part 1 the chapters set at camp I understand why it was intended to be purposely vague, and ominous, but I thought it was too rushed For example, the scene where Alex and Joey have their altercation in the water, ending with Joey being left on the raft, it s unclear what happened to the other campers All of a sudden, it s just the two of them The other kids must ve gone back to camp, but it didn t seem like enough time had passed for them to complete their own swims out to the raft, pack up, and leave I needed that extra detail to properly visualise events There were also instances where it was unclear which characters were present in a scene, and who was speaking Chapter 6 had me swiping back several pages to make sense of one part I did figure it out, but only on my third read through This only applies to Part 1 the first 12% I had no issues with how the rest of the book was written.Recommended to those who enjoying their mystery suspense with a dose of surrealism I d like to thank Netgalley, Sourcebooks Landmark, and J.P Smith for the opportunity to read, and review, a digital copy of this book Release Date 1st January, 2019 Out Now flag 49 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 18, 2019 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it The story around the campfire at the boys summer camp is about a man named John Otis, who lives somewhere in the woods and snatches a boy from camp ever seven years What does he do to the boy once he s kidnapped him The endless speculation keeps the boys up at night, especially when eight year old Joey does in fact go missing Arrogant camp counselor Alex is frustrated that Joey still hasn t learned to swim by the end of the summer He leaves Joey in a raft and tells him that if he wants to c The story around the campfire at the boys summer camp is about a man named John Otis, who lives somewhere in the woods and snatches a boy from camp ever seven years What does he do to the boy once he s kidnapped him The endless speculation keeps the boys up at night, especially when eight year old Joey does in fact go missing Arrogant camp counselor Alex is frustrated that Joey still hasn t learned to swim by the end of the summer He leaves Joey in a raft and tells him that if he wants to come back, he ll have to swim Alex forgets about Joey until it s revealed that the kid is missing Alex feels bad, but when divers can t find the body in the lake, it suggests that he didn t drown Joey must have wandered off or been snatched By John Otis or someone else.Twenty one years later Alex is married to a beautiful woman and has a hugely successful real estate investment firm Yes, he inherited it from his wealthy parents, but he s also grown the brand Alex is exactly the kind of person it s very easy not to like Even the charity he does is really to enhance the brand of his business Even so, I started having some sympathy for him when so many weird things begin happening to him that threaten to destroy his family and his business and it all seems to be about his decision to leave Joey on that raft Is Joey still alive after all This is a fun, quick read It s not the best I ve read because I don t love any characters and therefore there is no one to root for, but the ending has a satisfying twist Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel.For reviews, please visit flag 48 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 02, 2019 Lou rated it really liked it The Drowning, J P Smiths seventh novel to date, is a dark and murky psychological thriller It explores the propensity for a deep, dark secret buried long ago, and stored like all our repressed memories in the most inaccessible depths of our brain so as not to hurt us, to reappear Sometimes they stay buried the way you want them to, but most of the time they resurface unannounced in a spectacular fashion causing a myriad of unwanted consequences Although Smith uses well recognised tropes he The Drowning, J P Smiths seventh novel to date, is a dark and murky psychological thriller It explores the propensity for a deep, dark secret buried long ago, and stored like all our repressed memories in the most inaccessible depths of our brain so as not to hurt us, to reappear Sometimes they stay buried the way you want them to, but most of the time they resurface unannounced in a spectacular fashion causing a myriad of unwanted consequences Although Smith uses well recognised tropes here, he does so in a unique and refreshing way However, there is one certainty, when the full extent of Alex s heartless, cruel to be kind, action or correctly, omission inaction comes to light nothing will be the same again for all of those involved.This is a solid read that has all of the component parts making it a compelling and suspenseful story, so much so that I forgot and burned my dinner as I feverishly turned the pages Being a law graduate the many questions surrounding the issues of culpability and negligence, as well as a the moral standpoints e.g legal concerns v moral concerns of the plot gave me plenty of food for thought Like most readers I expected most of my answers to be addressed towards the back end of the novel, so I indeed enjoyed the fact that Smith didn t spell everything out or tie it all up conveniently in a bow It ll stay with me for quite some time I suspect So if you like questions to ponder or ruminate on this is a highly entertaining and immersive mystery thriller which poses some thought provoking and intriguing questions.Many thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for an ARC flag 29 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 08, 2019 Linda Strong rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 2018, read in 2019 The story starts with a group of young boys sitting around a campfire The cam counselors are also there telling the kids about an urban legend A man would kidnap a child every 7 years.That should be scary enough, but reality is much frightening Twenty years ago a camp counselor punished a young boy by putting him on a raft in the middle of the lake then promptly forgot all about him The young boy disappeared, presumably drowned.That brings the reader to the present The camp co The story starts with a group of young boys sitting around a campfire The cam counselors are also there telling the kids about an urban legend A man would kidnap a child every 7 years.That should be scary enough, but reality is much frightening Twenty years ago a camp counselor punished a young boy by putting him on a raft in the middle of the lake then promptly forgot all about him The young boy disappeared, presumably drowned.That brings the reader to the present The camp counselor has made a great life for himself he s wealthy, a beautiful home, a loving wife and children But someone wants him to remember the little boy who drowned Someone remembers the boy terror.d wants the counselor to share in that terror today.This is a dark psychological thriller, well written, with finely drawn characters The suspense starts on page 1 and doesn t let up until the very last page The ending came as a surprise and I find myself still thinking about it.I highly recommend THE DROWNING for anyone who likes psychological thrillers.Many thanks to the author SourceBooks Landmark Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of THE DROWNING Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own flag 22 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 22, 2018 Heidi rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, read in 2018 I just love it when a thriller totally takes me by surprise, and The Drowning drew me in straight away with its dual timeline that introduced what was to be a multi layered, irresistible mystery 21 years ago, eight year old Joey Proctor disappeared without a trace from summer camp Some of the other boys are convinced he has fallen victim to urban legend John Otis, the evil man who is rumoured to have been behind the disappearance of several boys in these very woods The police, on the other ha I just love it when a thriller totally takes me by surprise, and The Drowning drew me in straight away with its dual timeline that introduced what was to be a multi layered, irresistible mystery 21 years ago, eight year old Joey Proctor disappeared without a trace from summer camp Some of the other boys are convinced he has fallen victim to urban legend John Otis, the evil man who is rumoured to have been behind the disappearance of several boys in these very woods The police, on the other hand, believe that Joey may have wandered off into the forest, perhaps distressed about his parents marital problems Only one person knows the truth cocky swimming instructor Alex Mason, who left the boy behind on a swimming raft in the middle of the lake that afternoon to teach him a lesson and promptly forgot about him But Alex is not about to tell the truth and destroy his own future for the sake of a simple mistake So life goes on without Joey, even though for some it will never be the same again The other boys grow up, Alex grows older and richer, and soon the news story is replaced by other headlines Twenty years on, Alex has all but forgotten about that long ago summer as he is basking in his success as a property developer, living in a mansion with his pretty wife and two young daughters Life has treated him well Until the day things start to go wrong for him and he receives a sinister message from Joey But Joey is dead or isn t he J.P Smith has taken a risk by starring a very unlikeable character as the main protagonist in his novel, but he managed to totally pull this off for me Whilst I disliked Alex intensely not only for what he has done, but for his arrogance and lack of remorse he always maintained a small degree of humanity that made a tiny part of my heart sympathetic to his plight Ok, perhaps not overly sympathetic, but curious in how this would play out Those interested in seeing karma come back to haunt the guilty will get some satisfaction out of the events that follow And of course there is the mystery of the cold case, the missing boy, that totally hooked me.Smith writes well, and both timelines played out seamlessly in my mind s eye I loved the constant thread of danger and suspense that overshadowed the events in both past and present, and the inclusion of the urban legend was a great touch There is nothing quite like a John Otis to awaken our primal fears of the monster coming in the night to take us away Do we ever really grow out of that Everyone who has ever been on a school camp will be able to recall the goosebumps as someone told a ghost story in the night Then there was the butterfly effect Joey s death had on the lives he touched, ultimately spinning out of control as the timelines collide And if that was not enough, there is that extra contemporary touch of including a filmmaker interested in Joey s story for a true crime documentary, and a tireless detective investigating the cold case It now had all the elements I love in a thriller thank you very much The Drowning was one of those books that immediately drew me in and made me read late into the night to find out the answers It s not easy these days to find a thriller that stands out from the rest, but this one is so cleverly plotted that it definitely fell into that category for me A well constructed, compelling read Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. blog facebook instagram flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 07, 2018 JuJu Julie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ew An incredibly unique page turnerI was hooked from the first page It s well written, gripping and twisty Review to come flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 03, 2018 Shelley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Joey looked into the water at the edge of the dock, and beneath the reflected ripple of sunlight saw nothing but darkness and depth and mystery He d never been in water that deep, never explored what lived there. This is such a fast paced story, told in alternating perspectives between current time and 15 years previous Seven years after Joey Proctor had disappeared Generally, I prefer books with singular narratives rather than multi character ones, but for this story, the multi narrative w Joey looked into the water at the edge of the dock, and beneath the reflected ripple of sunlight saw nothing but darkness and depth and mystery He d never been in water that deep, never explored what lived there. This is such a fast paced story, told in alternating perspectives between current time and 15 years previous Seven years after Joey Proctor had disappeared Generally, I prefer books with singular narratives rather than multi character ones, but for this story, the multi narrative works well because it s interconnected I like the fact that it s told from a first person narrative, which makes me feel close to the characters Also, the storyline moves along nicely and is logically structured Not sure a child disappearance can ever be classified as an enjoyable read but this kept me reading until late into the night This is a psychological suspense novel by a wonderful author that will dismay you and surprise you.Such a gripping thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end The author skillfully portrays the intensity of the emotions There are several surprising twists to the plot that kept me guessing right till the end This was a brilliant case of a novel being both character and plot driven, I was totally captivated by this fast paced and suspenseful domestic thriller and look forward to reading from J.P Smith Thank you NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and J.P Smith for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review all opinions are my own. TheDrowning NetGalleyAll my reviews can be found here flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Sara rated it it was ok Shelves thriller, what did i just read, everything and the kitchen sink I wish would let you add punctuation to your book shelf titles because I desperately need to create a Waitwhat shelf.I do not have any clue what was going on in this book I mean I have a basic idea of what the story was supposed to be I think I was supposed to think this was the story of a super successful real estate mogul being stalked by the boy he left to die when he was a shitty college student camp counselor twenty years before Then I was supposed to be very, very surpri I wish would let you add punctuation to your book shelf titles because I desperately need to create a Waitwhat shelf.I do not have any clue what was going on in this book I mean I have a basic idea of what the story was supposed to be I think I was supposed to think this was the story of a super successful real estate mogul being stalked by the boy he left to die when he was a shitty college student camp counselor twenty years before Then I was supposed to be very, very surprised by what was really going on the whole time Alas, that is not what happened.The story starts very strong and Smith is a good writer I ll give credit where its due The man can write a sentence and set a very spooky scene We begin on a dark night around a campfire where little boys are being terrified by camp counselors who are regaling their charges with the story of a child killer who stalks the woods around the camp and takes a new victim every seven years And wouldn t you know it TONIGHT is the night he ll strike But that s where a cheesy campfire ghost story veers into very real terror The next day a little boy does vanish, never to be seen again Awesome right I loooovveee a good revenge thriller As the story really begins we meet Alex Alex was the swim instructor at the camp and the only one who knows he was indirectly responsible for the missing boy being left alone for hours He s never told a soul what he did but now someone who clearly knows what happened has begun to torment him.Again doesn t this sound awesome Totally I Know What You Did Last Summer for grownups Unfortunately this very solid start almost immediately goes up in flames and turns into a total mess that did nothing but frustrate and confuse the crap out of me I actually stayed up waaayyyy past my bedtime hoping to arrive at a conclusion, ANY conclusion, that might explain the meandering mess of pointless like they mean NOTHING to the present day story flashbacks, changes in perspective, and senseless murder that surrounds possibly the most boring victim secret bad guy I ve ever read about Then as if that wasn t bad enough I was given literally no resolution to the one part of the story I actually cared about.I cared nothing about Alex and thus cared even less about what happened to him The stalker is another one of those Oh that guy from page 4 reveals that straight up made me want to tear the book to shreds and then everything just kind of ends.All I could do when I was done was say waitwhat flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Steve Harrison rated it it was amazing Joey Proctor is a little boy who is frightened terrified of the water When Alex Mason, a young swimming instructor at summer camp, becomes frustrated with Joey he swims the boy out to a raft on a lake and leaves him there, telling him if he wants to get to shore he has to swim But Alex forgets about Joey until later in the day and when he goes back, the raft is deserted And Joey is never seen again.That s the intriguing opening on THE DROWNING, an excellent new psychological thriller by J Joey Proctor is a little boy who is frightened terrified of the water When Alex Mason, a young swimming instructor at summer camp, becomes frustrated with Joey he swims the boy out to a raft on a lake and leaves him there, telling him if he wants to get to shore he has to swim But Alex forgets about Joey until later in the day and when he goes back, the raft is deserted And Joey is never seen again.That s the intriguing opening on THE DROWNING, an excellent new psychological thriller by JP Smith.Fast forward twenty one years and Alex is now a famous and wealthy New York property developer with a string of high end hotels Alex successfully hid his involvement in Joey s disappearance and has hardly given the boy a thought in the years since But now a series of incidents begin that bring Joey very much into his thoughts and threaten Alex, his family, his business empire and his sanity Is Joey still alive and has he returned to take revenge Smith expertly cranks up the pace and tension as Alex is drawn deeper into the mystery and forced to face his past It makes for thrilling reading with a number of twists and turns until the surprising and satisfying ending.Very highly recommended flag 8 likesLike see review PattyMacDotComma Oooo sounds like an intriguing premise Good review Jan 29, 2019 04 21AM Dec 08, 2018 Melissa In The City x1f942 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley, emotional read, tragically sad, twisty hall of fame So much deeper no pun intended than a boy left in a raft This story is a crazy, interwoven series of lives affected by the butterfly effect of one 18 year olds choice 21 years ago And, yes 21 years later the Butterfly Effect is still spreading The title is also full of symbolism There is so much drowning that the title doesn t just refer to that one night at camp A man Watching his business sink while trying to keep his marriage above water A couple drowning in debt from that one night 2 So much deeper no pun intended than a boy left in a raft This story is a crazy, interwoven series of lives affected by the butterfly effect of one 18 year olds choice 21 years ago And, yes 21 years later the Butterfly Effect is still spreading The title is also full of symbolism There is so much drowning that the title doesn t just refer to that one night at camp A man Watching his business sink while trying to keep his marriage above water A couple drowning in debt from that one night 21 years ago A son drowning in the loss of his parents because of that night 21 years ago A literal drowning of a young man 21 years later Secrets drowned But everything resurfaces sooner or later This book deserves 5 stars for the plot and the prose The author has a beautiful writing style Thank you NetGalley, the author and the Publisher for my free ARC in exchange for my honest opinion flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Anne rated it really liked it This was an interesting thriller about 8 year old Joey Proctor who goes missing at summer camp when his swimming counselor, Alex leaves him alone on a raft in the middle of the lake and instructs him to swim even though Joey doesn t know how and is terrified of deep water Then Alex forgets about him and keeps quiet about it during the ensuing investigation Twenty years later Alex is a professional earning lots of money when someone begins taunting him and spying on his family Convinced it s a This was an interesting thriller about 8 year old Joey Proctor who goes missing at summer camp when his swimming counselor, Alex leaves him alone on a raft in the middle of the lake and instructs him to swim even though Joey doesn t know how and is terrified of deep water Then Alex forgets about him and keeps quiet about it during the ensuing investigation Twenty years later Alex is a professional earning lots of money when someone begins taunting him and spying on his family Convinced it s about Joey, Alex worries how this will affect his family and his business, and of course it does in horrible ways I wasn t wild about the ending but understood why Smith did this All in all, a compelling read Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Donna Hines rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley Tough love or murder Camp Waukeelo was supposed to be all about fun times but the tables turned when one of the children went missing.Joey Proctor didn t know how to swim yet camp staff member Alex thought a little fear of the water is nothing to get yourself worked up over.Now Alex is living the lap of luxury but will he outrun his past Silence would be bought What if the evidence turns up 21 yrs later Many on Alex s side are being harassed and many think Joey is behind it all.Perhaps voices Tough love or murder Camp Waukeelo was supposed to be all about fun times but the tables turned when one of the children went missing.Joey Proctor didn t know how to swim yet camp staff member Alex thought a little fear of the water is nothing to get yourself worked up over.Now Alex is living the lap of luxury but will he outrun his past Silence would be bought What if the evidence turns up 21 yrs later Many on Alex s side are being harassed and many think Joey is behind it all.Perhaps voices from the past can create justice for allA perfect example of what thrillers should be as JP Smith did a fine job creating a unique perspective in The Drowning.A must read Thank you to JP , the Publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Elaine rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves am i thrilled, netgalley, kindle Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Drowning. I really wanted to read this book due to the premise Who doesn t love a good revenge tale I do Minor spoilers ahead Twenty one years ago at a summer camp, a boy named Joey was left alone on a dock to swim back to shore despite the fact that he was terrified of the water When the teenage swimming instructor, Alex, remembered Joey hours later, he returned only to find the boy was gone Joey was never found again.As the years pass, Jo Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Drowning. I really wanted to read this book due to the premise Who doesn t love a good revenge tale I do Minor spoilers ahead Twenty one years ago at a summer camp, a boy named Joey was left alone on a dock to swim back to shore despite the fact that he was terrified of the water When the teenage swimming instructor, Alex, remembered Joey hours later, he returned only to find the boy was gone Joey was never found again.As the years pass, Joey s disappearance is attributed to a local urban legend about a demented local man who lives in the woods and preys on boys every seven years.Then, we flash forward to the present day where Alex is now an arrogant, affluent, and adultering piece of crap He s a hotshot real estate developer with a gorgeous wife, two kids and plenty of influence What could he want Suddenly, strange things begin to happen to this egotistical buffoon harassment, business deals falling through, vandalism, that all point to Joey as the avenging angel out for justice.Is Joey alive Has he returned for revenge As Alex tries to hold onto his business and marriage, readers are treated to flashbacks where a dedicated detective investigates the cold case of the missing boy and in a separate incident, a father and son hunting one day make a horrific discovery.Alex probes into the camp s origins and what may have happened to Joey when he stumbles across a filmmaker working on a documentary about the camp, Joey s disappearance and the local legend.As events continue to unfold and the harassment becomes pointed and vicious, Alex begins to lose his grip on reality, making ridiculous and callous decisions that call into question his sanity.I love revenge stories, and this one wasn t bad Alex is no saint actually, he doesn t have many redeeming qualities except for being good at his job, but that doesn t absolve him of his many, many flaws.A heads up for those who don t like ambiguity and loose ends, you may not like The Drowning. There are a lot of loose ends not so much red herrings but nothing is fully explained or resolved and you wonder if the author threw these tidbits of information as a tease.Is he trying to psych us out or Alex I don t mind ambiguity because, let s be real, sometimes life is ambiguous There are many unexplained events, disappearances, deaths, and sometimes, the real culprits are never caught, never brought to justice or we are left with measly bits of information that never paints a clear picture of what happened and everything remains unsolved.This is that sort of book.The author leaves us with these possibilities 1 Is the detective real or not 2 What is the significance of the grisly discovery made by the father and son hunters 3 Is the urban legend real 4 Who is that creepy local man Alex meets at the diner 5 Does that creepy local have anything to do with Joey s disappearance There were a few moments of disbelief suspension that skewed very close to the borderline for me but I played along since Alex was teetering on the edge of a mental breakdown by that point.Besides, he basically left a boy alone on a raft Wouldn t he be capable of committing worse acts than that I guessed the twist and the villain reveal its not difficult The author gives a clue midway through the book that makes it pretty obvious who the culprit could be.The conclusion is satisfying in that a revenge tale ends when the bad guy gets his comeuppance Loose threads can dangle here I liked the touch of ambiguity and loose interpretations people had regarding the disappearance I just wanted Alex to get his just desserts and it was sweet flag 4 likesLike see review K.P Ambroziak Just finished this one I think your review sums it up I always read your reviews, by the way I m not sure I got into the whole celebrity real Just finished this one I think your review sums it up I always read your reviews, by the way I m not sure I got into the whole celebrity real estate developer thing Despite how well NYC is depicted, that whole bit was kinda of a head scratcher I m also not sure the ending was satisfying as much as okay, whatever It s kind of hard to get past Joey as the MC in the opening few chapters Then poof he s gone and you have to care about the douchebag who leaves him to sink or swim And yes yes lots of loose ends, which essentially makes it a less than satisfying read PS I enjoy your reviews BIG time Jan 30, 2019 05 11PM Elaine K.P wrote Just finished this one I think your review sums it up I always read your reviews, by the way I m not sure I got into the whole c K.P wrote Just finished this one I think your review sums it up I always read your reviews, by the way I m not sure I got into the whole celebrity real estate developer thing Despite how well NYC i Thank you for your kind words I m so pleased you enjoy my reviews If only most of the books I review would please me as much Haha I agree with your points The real estate developer occupation was a stretch to believe and the ending was ambiguous in a way, it felt like everyone had something to hide or was in on some weird conspiracy about what really happened to Joey.This had potential like so many books and I don t mind loose ends, but it wasn t as satisfying as it could have been if just a few ends were tied up.Thanks so much for writing and for your comments Jan 31, 2019 09 19AM Jan 08, 2019 Melissa rated it liked it Decent psychological suspense book, but the characters are overall SO unlikable that it just soured the entire book reading experience for me I wanted to have someone to root for I disliked Alex from the beginning and although I should have reveled in his downfall, I couldn t because I didn t have anyone that I cared to champion I did like the mystery of it all, and it is a fairly fast paced read So if you re ok with ambiguous endings and not having everything solved, then this is a decent c Decent psychological suspense book, but the characters are overall SO unlikable that it just soured the entire book reading experience for me I wanted to have someone to root for I disliked Alex from the beginning and although I should have reveled in his downfall, I couldn t because I didn t have anyone that I cared to champion I did like the mystery of it all, and it is a fairly fast paced read So if you re ok with ambiguous endings and not having everything solved, then this is a decent choice.Spoilers below I didn t like that things weren t all solved in the end There was a decent twist which I had kind of figured out, but some of the mystery threads were just left hanging and I hate it when that happens I don t like loose ends What was the deal with the hunters and the body they found What exactly did the caretaker see What is a plausible explanation for what happened to the kid I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 03, 2018 Sarah rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 2018, camp, mystery thriller, published in 2019 3.5 stars I liked this one, but felt a bit unsatisfied by the ending Well, it was satisfying in one way, but left some frustrating loose ends as well.We start out 21 years ago, when Joey Proctor disappears at a summer camp, after being left on a raft by Alex Mason The way this happened gave me a similar feeling to the last book I read about a summer camp do the people who write these books know how camps work I worked at a Girl Scout camp for three summers and there was no way I could EVER 3.5 stars I liked this one, but felt a bit unsatisfied by the ending Well, it was satisfying in one way, but left some frustrating loose ends as well.We start out 21 years ago, when Joey Proctor disappears at a summer camp, after being left on a raft by Alex Mason The way this happened gave me a similar feeling to the last book I read about a summer camp do the people who write these books know how camps work I worked at a Girl Scout camp for three summers and there was no way I could EVER have lost a kid for hours without noticing Sure, they could have snuck out at night, but during the day, especially when leaving one activity for another, I was always counting them And if someone didn t return from the waterfront in particular, it would have been a huge deal, as everyone had to tag in and out, and if there was a tag left, it was treated as an emergency and potential drowning like, they blew an airhorn and we all had to run to the lake and jump in and sweep the bottom However, I guess there are likely to have been camps with less strenuous rules than mine, so I did my best to suspend my disbelief, but it s a bit mind boggling.After Joey s disappearance, we fast forward to the present day Alex Mason, rich and successful and not suffering any lasting guilt about what he did to Joey At least, not until some strange and threatening things start to happen to him and he begins to fear that Joey has returned to seek his revenge Alex is not a character you root for, but I was still sucked in to the terror he was experiencing, while still wanting to see him receive his comeuppance, especially as his own actions escalated.This was a engrossing thriller and a worthwhile read if you re looking for something fast paced and suspenseful, and don t mind a somewhat ambiguous ending I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Dec 02, 2018 Joyce rated it it was amazing review of another edition 5 starsI read the Kindle edition.This book has flashbacks that help to explain and enhance the main story Joey Proctor is eight and one half years old and is small for his age He reluctantly attends summer camp for the first time His parents are always fighting anyway, so he might as well go Of course he is singled out by the older boys and he is bullied He befriends a camp counselor named Steve Another camp counselor Alex Mason is an arrogant and just plain mean , college boy who is the 5 starsI read the Kindle edition.This book has flashbacks that help to explain and enhance the main story Joey Proctor is eight and one half years old and is small for his age He reluctantly attends summer camp for the first time His parents are always fighting anyway, so he might as well go Of course he is singled out by the older boys and he is bullied He befriends a camp counselor named Steve Another camp counselor Alex Mason is an arrogant and just plain mean , college boy who is the swimming coach He doesn t like Joey at all and wants to scare him big time So he throws him in the deep lake and then leaves him on a raft in the middle of the lake Joey disappears No sign of him has ever been found A detective named Mike Farrelli, retired after seven years have passed since Joey s disappearance, can t let the case go He keeps looking for answers.It s now twenty one years later and Alex is a successful multi millionaire business man with a wife, daughters and an expensive home Strange things begin to happen to Alex There is trouble in his marriage and odd things are occurring at his hotels There is blood in his swimming pool and later a home invasion happens Alex just knows it is Joey He begins to look askance at his own employees He is positive that he knows who Joey is pretending to be The situation is escalating Alex life is falling apart and he is slowly self destructing Fearful and filled with anxiety, he makes one blunder after another All is revealed on nearly the last page of the book It s delicious.This book is very well written and plotted It is filled with twists and stunning surprises I didn t care for the main character, Alex, but it hardly mattered The reader gets to see what happens to him This book is a very interesting psychological study of what happens to a guilty man when the past comes back to haunt him Ghosts from the past Perhaps so The author has done a wonderful job in writing this novel This is my first JP Smith book, but it won t be my last I immediately went to to look for others of their books I want to thank NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Sid rated it really liked it review of another edition This is my first book that I ve read by J.P Smith and all I can say it s a really good book It had me gripped from the start to the end There is no hero or anti hero that you expect in any book because all the characters are humans, they have their flaws and that s the brilliant part of this book This book makes you like and dislike the characters all at the same time and sometimes you feel bad for the characters and sometimes you just despise them All in all this was a good book, one that This is my first book that I ve read by J.P Smith and all I can say it s a really good book It had me gripped from the start to the end There is no hero or anti hero that you expect in any book because all the characters are humans, they have their flaws and that s the brilliant part of this book This book makes you like and dislike the characters all at the same time and sometimes you feel bad for the characters and sometimes you just despise them All in all this was a good book, one that I quite enjoyed Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange of my honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Keirstin Smith CloudOfThoughts rated it it was amazing The Drowning by author J.P Smith is a really dark mystery with a lot of character I enjoyed this one, seriously the mystery is amazing in this Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of The Drowning in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 22, 2018 J.P Smith rated it it was amazing Review from the author review of another edition Not my review of my own book, but Publishers Weekly s, in a starred review An overbearing alpha male gets his comeuppance in this smart, creepy thriller from Smith Airtight One summer day, when Alex Mason was an arrogant swimming counselor at Camp Waukeelo in the Berkshires, he left timid eight year old Joey Proctor behind on a raft in the middle of a lake Joey inexplicably vanished, but Alex lied well enough to avoid blame Twenty one years later, he s a famous New York real estate develope Not my review of my own book, but Publishers Weekly s, in a starred review An overbearing alpha male gets his comeuppance in this smart, creepy thriller from Smith Airtight One summer day, when Alex Mason was an arrogant swimming counselor at Camp Waukeelo in the Berkshires, he left timid eight year old Joey Proctor behind on a raft in the middle of a lake Joey inexplicably vanished, but Alex lied well enough to avoid blame Twenty one years later, he s a famous New York real estate developer with a lovely family and a glamorous lifestyle Then increasingly serious intrusions from his guilty past suggest that someone or something remembers Joey s panic and wants Alex to share it As it turns out, the immature, violent side of Alex s nature doesn t need much prodding to reveal itself Smith nicely balances the borderline supernatural events with Alex s mundane struggles as his blustering defenses crumble Sharp, clear prose is a plus This is a remarkably adept performance Agent Claire Roberts, Trident Media Group Jan flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Cyndi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, netgalley 8 year old Joey Proctor is at camp when his swimming counselor, Alex Mason, forcibly places him on a dock in the middle of the lake even though Joey can t swim Hours later, Joey is missing, never to be found Fast forward 20 years to Alex s life as a successful businessman with a nice house, beautiful wife and 2 children Suddenly ominous events start happening to Alex which eerily remind him of that fateful day in his past.I enjoyed the first 2 3 of this but not so much the ending I loved the 8 year old Joey Proctor is at camp when his swimming counselor, Alex Mason, forcibly places him on a dock in the middle of the lake even though Joey can t swim Hours later, Joey is missing, never to be found Fast forward 20 years to Alex s life as a successful businessman with a nice house, beautiful wife and 2 children Suddenly ominous events start happening to Alex which eerily remind him of that fateful day in his past.I enjoyed the first 2 3 of this but not so much the ending I loved the overall story and the initial premise Then the plot took a strange turn and the focus was jarringly different I also found that certain chapters of the book seemed completely irrelevant to the plot and caused me some confusion The twist at the very end was interesting but an important part was left completely unresolved, leaving me dissatisfied with the outcome I think with a few changes this could ve been a 4 or 5 star book, but with all the loose ends, it just wasn t quite there.Many thanks to Edelweiss, Sourcebooks Inc, and J P Smith for my complimentary e copy ARC in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Anne Marie rated it really liked it Alex is a swimming councillor at a summer camp Little Joey is sent to the camp so his parents can sort out their marriage Joey can t swim and is afraid of water Almost at the end of camp, Alex gets angry at Joey for not at least trying to swim He takes Joey out in the lake and leaves him on a raft and tells him he will have to swim back or stay there forever Alex leaves him there and forgets about him That evening, when they start looking for Joey, Alex remembers, but when he gets to the r Alex is a swimming councillor at a summer camp Little Joey is sent to the camp so his parents can sort out their marriage Joey can t swim and is afraid of water Almost at the end of camp, Alex gets angry at Joey for not at least trying to swim He takes Joey out in the lake and leaves him on a raft and tells him he will have to swim back or stay there forever Alex leaves him there and forgets about him That evening, when they start looking for Joey, Alex remembers, but when he gets to the raft, Joey is gone Alex keeps quiet and Joey is never found Twenty one years later Alex is a succesful business man with a wife and two daughters But then Joey catches up with him And as is mentioned in the book, the reader sees how one small careless act leads to a string of tragedies Many people was affected by what happened and there were consequences all over the place Like bodies on a battlefield I could not put the book down and I want to sincerely thank Netgalley and the publishers giving me the chance to read it I did not see the twist at the end coming at all flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Marcy rated it liked it The Drowning follows the story of 8 year old Joey Proctor, who went missing from Summer camp, and was never found This book had so so much potential It was a definite page turner, and had some intense creepy scenes, but overall left way too many loose ends I can understand leaving the reader to sort of imagine the ending but I feel like every mysterious aspect of the story was left unanswered, especially the main plot One of the things I really enjoyed about the book was the Summer camp el The Drowning follows the story of 8 year old Joey Proctor, who went missing from Summer camp, and was never found This book had so so much potential It was a definite page turner, and had some intense creepy scenes, but overall left way too many loose ends I can understand leaving the reader to sort of imagine the ending but I feel like every mysterious aspect of the story was left unanswered, especially the main plot One of the things I really enjoyed about the book was the Summer camp element This is one of my favorite things to read about because it lends itself to a creepy environment, especially during nighttime campfire stories While there isn t a ton of this going, probably just in part 1 of the book, its still enough to enjoy Something else I wanted to touch on was the up and down on the writing I felt like at times the writing was on point, engaging, and suspenseful, but a few pages later it would fall short It was an ongoing issue Engaging and then utterly boring, engaging and so on With that being said it was still a quick read I feel like people will enjoy the experience of reading this but will sort of be left a tad bit disappointed thank you so much to Netgalley for allowing me to review this book flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 17, 2018 Michele rated it it was amazing review of another edition I would like to thank Sourcebooks Landmark for my advance copy.Wow What A Ride I can so see this becoming a made for TV movie or maybe even for the big screen I was hooked from the beginning because all I could think about were my camping trips with the Girl Scouts all of the scary stories we told around the campfire and dares we made At first, I wasn t sure what or who was behind what was happening to Mr Mason As the story went on though, there is one character who presents themselves I would like to thank Sourcebooks Landmark for my advance copy.Wow What A Ride I can so see this becoming a made for TV movie or maybe even for the big screen I was hooked from the beginning because all I could think about were my camping trips with the Girl Scouts all of the scary stories we told around the campfire and dares we made At first, I wasn t sure what or who was behind what was happening to Mr Mason As the story went on though, there is one character who presents themselves with dialog that just says It s ME There is an unanswered question that gets to me but not enough to knock it down a star flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Christine Cheripka rated it really liked it I bet we all have regrets, some of them are small and petty, some of them are life changing and direct the the course we take in life.e Drowning is based on a teenage decision that becomes an adult tragedy 20 years lateris was a great mystery, I felt the need to keep reading to see who dun it I won this book on Good Reads and enjoyed it thoroughly flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Carla rated it it was amazing review of another edition I had the extreme pleasure of reading an early draft of The Drowning while an intern at a literary agency and was instantly hooked Plus as someone born in the Berkshires and currently living in NYC, I felt that the piece really captured the feel of both communities I can t wait to read the published version Such a unique page turner Kudos to J P Smith flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Wendy Lynn rated it it was amazing Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Drowning by J.P Smith What an awesome thriller this was Edge of your seat.utterly fantastic Run right now and pick this one up, you won t be disappointed flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Caroline Bertaud rated it really liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here When I started reading The Drowning, I had little idea what to expect and soon thought it would be yet another story about the disappearance of a 8 year old boy from a summer camp But after a few chapters, I realized this one was different It s mainly told from the point of view of a totally unlikable character, Alex That in itself was new to me, and even though I didn t pity him let alone relate the book kept me wondering, and shred my first assumptions into pieces The author brilliantly fe When I started reading The Drowning, I had little idea what to expect and soon thought it would be yet another story about the disappearance of a 8 year old boy from a summer camp But after a few chapters, I realized this one was different It s mainly told from the point of view of a totally unlikable character, Alex That in itself was new to me, and even though I didn t pity him let alone relate the book kept me wondering, and shred my first assumptions into pieces The author brilliantly fed readers just enough additional information about Alex at the right time as the story went on, unraveling Alex s life little by little, and I never guessed the ending I must say though that I read the author s note at the end and I didn t feel the legend as he put it, and I wished he had explained what had happened to the kid And also, I cannot comprehend how there was a witness, working on the site, and he was never interrogated I did not understand either the connection with the two hunters, or how Alex could be fooled by Pete s extorted confession, why people from that summer died, and maybe a few other frustrating loose ends Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks, and J.P Smith for this ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Keri rated it really liked it Shelves release 2019, netgalley arc WOW Just WOW From the beginning, it was incredibly refreshing the way the story was told The author spares us from the back and forth banter between characters and sums up the conversations That s an automatic plus from me The story starts at Camp Waukeelo where a group of boys are sitting around a campfire and the counselors are collectively telling the old legend of John Otis, an inbred man who steals a young boy away from camp every seven years We then meet Joey, a small for his 8 years WOW Just WOW From the beginning, it was incredibly refreshing the way the story was told The author spares us from the back and forth banter between characters and sums up the conversations That s an automatic plus from me The story starts at Camp Waukeelo where a group of boys are sitting around a campfire and the counselors are collectively telling the old legend of John Otis, an inbred man who steals a young boy away from camp every seven years We then meet Joey, a small for his 8 years, boy whose parents are at odds with each other and it has made him unsure and diffident He develops a relationship with a counselor and confides in him and that counselor takes him under his wing But then we meet Alex Mason, the 18 year old swimming counselor who ignores Joey s pleads and throws him into the dark murky lake Joey can t swim and flails until Alex finally jumps in and grabs him, except he doesn t take him back to shore, he leaves him on a raft in the middle of the lake and tells him to swim back or die, basically Alex forgets the boy and heads back into camp Five hours later, the boy is missing Police search the lake and the woods but Joey is nowhere to be found Fast forward 21 years, Alex is wealthy, incredibly successful, has a lovely wife and two daughters and has forgotten all about Joey But it seems Joey hasn t forgotten about him I found myself intrigued from the beginning, but when the first instance at the Mason household came about, I was on the edge of my seat and I stayed right there on the edge of my seat until the very last page I truly believed Joey was alive and torturing him for what he had done 21 years ago But then even weirder things begin to happen and I thought maybe someone knew what happened and THEY were the ones behind it I read a lot of suspense thriller mystery novels, and usually about halfway through, I know who s behind it all This book kept me guessing I had NO IDEA who could have been doing this Joey or someone else The mind games, the intrigue it was all so much fun to read I even found myself looking over my shoulder a couple of times Which doesn t happen to me I can read books about real life serial killers and sleep like a baby This book changed the game I highly recommend this to fans of thrillers It sure thrilled me Then there was that ending Ughhhh How could you Mr Smith HOW COULD YOU LOVED this 4.5 out of 5 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        J.P Smith was born in New York City and began his writing career in England, where he lived for several years with his wife and daughter, and where his first novel was published As a screenwriter, he was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist in 2014 The Drowning, a psychological thriller published in January 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark, is his seventh novel.His eighth, If She Were Dead, w J.P Smith was born in New York City and began his writing career in England, where he lived for several years with his wife and daughter, and where his first novel was published As a screenwriter, he was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist in 2014 The Drowning, a psychological thriller published in January 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark, is his seventh novel.His eighth, If She Were Dead, will be published in 2020


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    1. 3.5 thrilling stars for this puzzling mystery filled with highly detestable characters It s the end of summer at Camp Waukeelo and eight year old Joey Proctor is still scared of the water and hasn t learned to swim Swim instructor Alex Mason isn t about to let Joey detract from his promise that all campers would know how to swim by the end of camp Alex believes in learning by doing so he pulls young Joey to the deep end of the lake, hauling him onto a raft and swimming away Joey has two o [...]


    2. When the Author of this book was eight years old, he was left on a raft and told by a camp counselor that he had to either swim back even though he did not know how to swim and was afraid of deep water or stay on the raft and die That memory stayed with him and became the inspiration for this novel.Eight year old Joey Proctor has been taken to summer camp by his parents It is his first time away from home and he is naturally nervous Listening to the camp fire stories about an urban legend, When [...]


    3. Joey must have moved the moment the shutter opened Because his face, out of all the others, was slightly blurred As if he were already existing in another time, midway between life and death Alex Mason has everything he ever wanted He s a successful, well respected, property developer a self made man, living in a million dollar home, with his beautiful blonde wife, and two adoring daughters But someone is intent on destroying Alex s picture perfect life Because Alex has a secret one [...]


    4. The story around the campfire at the boys summer camp is about a man named John Otis, who lives somewhere in the woods and snatches a boy from camp ever seven years What does he do to the boy once he s kidnapped him The endless speculation keeps the boys up at night, especially when eight year old Joey does in fact go missing Arrogant camp counselor Alex is frustrated that Joey still hasn t learned to swim by the end of the summer He leaves Joey in a raft and tells him that if he wants to c The [...]


    5. The Drowning, J P Smiths seventh novel to date, is a dark and murky psychological thriller It explores the propensity for a deep, dark secret buried long ago, and stored like all our repressed memories in the most inaccessible depths of our brain so as not to hurt us, to reappear Sometimes they stay buried the way you want them to, but most of the time they resurface unannounced in a spectacular fashion causing a myriad of unwanted consequences Although Smith uses well recognised tropes he The D [...]


    6. The story starts with a group of young boys sitting around a campfire The cam counselors are also there telling the kids about an urban legend A man would kidnap a child every 7 years.That should be scary enough, but reality is much frightening Twenty years ago a camp counselor punished a young boy by putting him on a raft in the middle of the lake then promptly forgot all about him The young boy disappeared, presumably drowned.That brings the reader to the present The camp co The story starts [...]


    7. I just love it when a thriller totally takes me by surprise, and The Drowning drew me in straight away with its dual timeline that introduced what was to be a multi layered, irresistible mystery 21 years ago, eight year old Joey Proctor disappeared without a trace from summer camp Some of the other boys are convinced he has fallen victim to urban legend John Otis, the evil man who is rumoured to have been behind the disappearance of several boys in these very woods The police, on the other ha I [...]


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