Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Drowning Instinct

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick
Published February 28 2013 Quercus
" Falling for a teacher breaks all the rules..."
Jenna is alone. She is miserable. She is struggling to cope. She needs help.
Her parents don't notice this. Her brother is not around.
Then there is Mr. Anderson.
He notices Jenna. He helps. He takes her home when her mother is too drunk to remember. He stands up for her when her father is too weak to face reality.
Why then, is Jenna at Mr. Anderson's house and calling the police?
This was a very quick read. I enjoyed the character interactions and the story was well paced. There is more to this book than a teacher/pupil relationship. I usually *eyeroll* at 'issues' books but Drowning Instinct didn't seem like it was trying too hard - everything fit, and worked. Twists and turns a-plenty this book will satisfy all YA lovers.
The only puzzling part for me was the ending. If Jenna was in the state she was in before all of that with Mr. Anderson, how on earth would she be afterwards? Be interested to hear your thoughts on that.

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