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The Drowning: A Novel

J. P. Smith



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15 December 2018
Fiction & Literature; Thriller & suspense
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...

While Alex is working as a swimming instructor at a rural boys' camp, he hears the tale of John Otis, who is rumoured 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...

'J.P. Smith writes like an old pro; his style is urbane, his prose smooth and polished.' - New York Times Book Review
By:   J. P. Smith
Imprint:   Sourcebooks
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781492669005
ISBN 10:   1492669008
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   15 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Drowning: A Novel

Smith has hit this one out of the park. Great characters, a plot that will draw you from the first to the last page and destined to be a must read book of 2019. - The Strand Magazine An overbearing alpha male gets his comeuppance in this smart, creepy thriller. - Publishers Weekly Alex Mason has it all: a lavish lifestyle, a beautiful family, a thriving career. He's built his life around the certainty that no one would discover what really happened twenty years ago at an idyllic summer camp. He's wrong. The Drowning is an edge-of-your-seat read. - Kaira Rouda, bestselling author of Best Day Ever and What Comes Around

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