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 fairytale. 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 Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.
There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears 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.
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I read this book close to four years ago and it has remained on my favorite’s list ever since. Recently, I reread Drowning Instinct in a group buddy read and all those same crazy emotions came rushing back. It was just as good—if not better—than the first time.
Have you ever finished a book and felt…just sort of lost? Dumbfounded? In shock, maybe? Because that is how I feel right now. This book was that incredible. I feel like I lost something important to me by finishing it.
First, the writing style is magnificent. The story is told by Jenna, a sixteen-year-old who has just been rescued after nearly drowning. She relates the events leading up to her near death experience by speaking into a recorder, given to her by the detective who saved her. I loved this! It’s the first time I have ever seen this done in a book.
Next, the story itself is beautifully twisted and raw with emotion. Jenna has survived several traumatic experiences, which she conveys with just enough detail to make me cringe, while at the same time making it impossible to stop reading. Jenna didn’t just nearly drown once. She has been slowly drowning her entire life, but not one person understood this—until Mitch Anderson, Jenna’s teacher. The sheer amount of tragedy, mixed with struggle, hope, and pain is so heartbreaking and moving. I wanted to reach into the pages and help Jenna.
Finally, the characters. Such real, flawed, wonderful characters. I hated several of them, but I still LOVED them all. I didn’t know who to like, who to trust, who was wrong, who was right. Because they were all, all of those things at some point.
The blurb states: There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE STORIES.
There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and everyone cries for his innocent victim. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE STORIES EITHER.
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.
Truest statement ever printed.
This book will stay with me forever. Ilsa J. Bick has spun an astounding story in Drowning Instinct. An absolutely amazing read.
Cheryl made me read this and I HATED it and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT !!! And after I finished it I just couldn’t stop thinking about the crazy ride it took me on. My first thought was WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ. My very next thought was OMG THAT WAS AWESOME! This book is phenomenal at keeping you guessing, at making you question every thing you think you know and at making you feel things that feel wonderful and disturbing at the same time.
This book is beautifully written. I love nothing more than reading a book with gorgeous, intelligent writing. And the plot is meticulously planned to lead you exactly where it wants you to go, even if your gut is telling you not to go there. It’s just a complete and total mind f@*k in the best possible way. I read a lot of books, I love a lot of books, but I rarely feel profoundly glad I experienced a book. This is one of those. I feel like it reminded me why I read. Romance can be so much more than boy meets girl, girl loves boy, boy and girl live happily ever after. Romance can be beautiful, disturbing, confusing and completely engaging.
Read this book. Remember that I told you to. Let me know if you love me or you hate me for it. My guess is……you’ll feel both.
About the Author:
Among other things, I was an English major in college and so I know that I’m supposed to write things like, “Ilsa J. Bick is (fill in the blank).” Except I hate writing about myself in the third person like I’m not in the room. Helloooo, I’m right here . . . So let’s just say that I’m a child psychiatrist (yeah, you read that right), a wannabe surgeon, a former Air Force major—and an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, e-books and novels. Believe me, no one is more shocked about this than I . . . unless you talk to my mother.