Title: Drowning Instinct
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Publication date: 28th February 2013
Format: Paperback | 345 pages
Genre: YA | Contemporary
…what if he wants to break them too?
Jenna's parents say they love her.
So why do they ignore her?
Jenna's brother says he loves her.
So why hasn't he visited her in years?
Jenna's teacher says he loves her.
He treats her well, he protects her and he tells her she's beautiful.
Mr. Anderson is the only one she can trust.
So why is Jenna telling her story to a detective?
If I had to describe this book to anyone in one word it would be intense.
Honestly, it wasn't what I was expecting at all. It was one of those reads where you cannot stop reading for the life of you. I was desperate to find out what happened to Jenna at the end so from the very beginning I was reading as fast as I possibly could.
The characters are what really stood out for me. Jenna just melted my heart. What she was dealing with while the story was progressing and what she had dealt with in the past that was slowly revealed. I loved how much I was able to really feel for her - I immediately managed to form a strong connection to her as a character because of her depth and how well rounded she was. Ilsa sure did a heck of a job writing the characters that's for sure.
I just have to mention the end before it drives me crazy. I cried. Like…a lot. I just couldn't believe what happened and I felt like my heart had stopped for a second from shock. I don't think I'll be able to stop thinking about it for a while. My God...
I also loved just how real this book was. It was incredibly poignant and it really made me think about life in general. I felt like I was pushed right into the character's minds where every secret was kept behind closed doors but only I had access. It was just between me and the characters. Sometimes, it made me so sad I couldn't bear it.
Overall, this book has definitely made its way into my top favourites. I don't think I could read it again, knowing what I do, without being in the right mood, but I strongly urge you to pick this one up and read it because it's something else.
My rating: 10/10
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