The Drowning

Written by Rachel Ward

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LoveReading View on The Drowning

May 2013 Book of the Month  From the bestselling author of Numbers, comes the first in a new series of chilling ya/teen thrillers.  A dark pyschological drama, with a supernatural twist, of jealousy, love and redemption...exploring the issues of teen identity and being true to yourself. 

Carl wakes up next to his drowned brother. What happened in the water? He can't remember. He sets out to discover the truth, but when the memories begin to flood back, he wishes he hadn't.  And when he glimpses A beautiful girl he thinks he recognises, she runs away.  Suddenly he knows he must find her - because together they must face the truth before it drowns them. This will stick in your mind long after you've read the last page.

A Piece of Passion from the Publisher Barry Cunningham

Black water does it for me. Not seeing the bottom but sensing movement below, the reeds pulling at your feet. And then there’s the power of water, suddenly transforming our towns and villages. What if something or someone began to direct that power for a dark purpose? Whatever you do, don’t read Rachel Ward’s brilliant new thriller in the bath – especially if you’ve got a dripping tap…

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Drowning a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I finished this book the day I got it partly because it captured my imagination and partly because I had real empathy for each one of the characters.....I absolutely love this book and I really think this is a great book for adults as well as children.'

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The Drowning Synopsis

What happens if you've done something terrible? But you can't remember what. And you don't know how to put it right ...When Carl opens his eyes on the banks of a lake, his brother is being zipped into a body bag.

And a shivering wet girl is being helped nearby. What happened in the water? He can’t remember. All he knows is that he must find out – before the truth comes back to drown him ...

The Drowning Press Reviews

Zoe Crook  addictive, action-packed and a creeper thriller...an interesting and compelling novel which I found to be very original. click here to read the full review..

Fabbiha Choudhury  I think this novel is an intelligently-crafted, entertaining novel and I highly recommend it to all teenagers.  click here to read the full review..

Tiernan McKenna age 14  all the ingredients of a thrilling teen novel.  I found that once I started it I just couldn’t put it down.  The story gradually builds up to a very tense and exciting ending.  click here to read the full review..

Rebecca Tyrrell The Drowning is an amazing story full of fear, anger, violent relationships, love and super natural twists. click here to read the full review..

Alice D'Angelo 
The beginning was good, but once you get halfway through, it gets really intense, and I found myself holding my breath click here to read the full review..

Sarah Murray    I thought this book was very good, full of twists and turns and a perfect read for those who enjoy slightly darker young adult story lines.  Click here to read the full review.

Delilah Acworth, age 13   a beautifully crafted masterpiece of death and destruction. I found that it played with my mind and in captured my senses until I couldn’t put the book down for a single second! Click here to read the full review.

Meaghan Lagan, age 14   one of the best stories I have ever read.... would make a fantastic film Click here to read the full review.

Holly Hughes, age 16 
captivating and thrilling, I couldn't put it down! Click here to read the full review.

Georgina Rowe, age 15 I would recommend this novel for anyone who likes realistic dramas, with a hint of the paranormal, and who isn't afraid to try something a little different. A good read which I ate up and in which I couldn't wait to find out the ending.  Click here to read the full review.

Gemma Bees  a really gripping ending.  Click here to read the full review.

Rachel Bourn, age 14   This is a gripping book with a genuinely chilling supernatural element to it. It’s brilliantly written  Click here to read the full review.

Harriet Cunningham I urge you to buy this, when it comes out in May, if you are a teenager who loves angst-y tension filled stories. Click here to read the full review.

Chloe Sheehan, 15  I finished this book the day I got it partly because it captured my imagination and partly because I had real empathy for each one of the characters.....I absolutely love this book and I really think this is a great book for adults as well as children.  Click here to read the full review.

Hollie Compton  A fantastic book that I couldn't read quick enough Click here to read the full review.

Ayesha Afghan  Amazing. Absolutely amazing......a roller coaster full of excitement  danger and romance. Click here to read the full review.

Hannah Glenton, age 16   I was really impressed with the diverse range of themes covered in ‘The Drowning’ - there’s romance, friendship, death, jealousy, loyalty and all while the story is in a life-like situation with an intriguing psychological twist.  Click here to read the full review.

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ISBN: 9781908435361
Publication date: 06/05/2013
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781908435361
Publication date: 6th May 2013
Author: Rachel Ward
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Horror / Ghost Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward, author of the NUMBERS series, grew up in Bookham, Surrey. After school she studied Geography at Durham University and, combined working for a number of local authorities with raising a family. She began writing in her 30's, starting out with short stories. One of these short stories formed the basis of the idea for NUMBERS. Rachel later came to the attention of Chicken House at a local writers' surgery and was signed to Chicken House as a result. Her debut novel, NUMBERS, was the winner of Winner of the Flemish Children and Youth Literature Prize 2011 and the Angus ...

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