Monday, April 25, 2011

What I'm Reading

“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.

This book was decently good. It was on the must read list in various magazines and I'm not sure that it lived up to it's must read status. Supposedly it's a mystery/thriller, but it didn't sense much mystery until the last 30ish pages. Read it if the library has it. I wouldn't drop cold, hard cash on this one.


wikowa said...

Hmm.. the storyline sounds sort of weak but considering I grew up on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain and frequently took the ferry across from Vermont to New York I might have to give it a chance! It's funny it says it's "surprising" he speaks French because to someone from northern Vermont (where Lake Champlain is) it's not surprising at all--French speaking Quebec (Canada) is only 45 minutes north. I'll give it a try though!

Alexandra Bee Blog said...

That sounds so good! Check out Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah, it sounds like a similar plot-- a "wild girl" found from the woods and the bond she and the psychologist that takes on her case form!

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