Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick is one of those stories that when you finish the last page, you close the book and think about it for a bit, and then you open the book and read the first pages again so you really understand what is happening at the beginning.
Drowning Instinct is one of those books where things are not as they appear -- even after you've finished the book. It's one of those books that leave the reader thinking -- about the characters and about what really happened.
Jenna Lord's life is not a pretty one. Her story is told slowly, and the story begins at the end. Because of that, it takes the reader a while to feel involved, to like Jenna, to relate to her.
But like a fire burning in a fireplace, it gets hottest once the fire has been blazing for a while, when the wood is full of bright red embers that hold and radiate the heat. Drowning Instinct builds and builds until the reader is unable to put the book down because Jenna is a wonderful, smart teenager who has been through an unimaginable childhood, and we just have to know what is going to happen now while she's in the middle of a crisis.
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