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.
There are stories that make you just sit and gape in amazement, and you simply can’t wipe the grin off your face. (This is not one of those stories.)
There are stories that make your mouth wide open by the amazing end of the book, and you have to snap your jaw back into place. (This is not one of those stories either.)
And there are stories that you feel as if a knife was stabbed into your innards, and it’s ripping out your heart inch by inch. (This is one of those stories.)
Story and Characters
The whole novel is beautiful in its own horror.
Jenna is only sixteen-year-old, yet she went through more terrible things than others don’t have to face even in their entire lives. As she builds her story slowly, puts a gloss on the truth, then suddenly debunks it are incredibly gut wrenching. I was completely shocked by her pain and its depth.
Apparently Mitch hasn’t got any problems. He is a popular and handsome teacher, he gets along well with everyone, he has a house, and a beloved wife. Everything seems alright around him, but the illusion is slowly collapsing, and you can see the lonely and broken man behind it.
Initially their relationship was so nice, so wonderful, so sweet, that I can’t remember when was the last time I’ve met such overwhelming feelings. Then the ice began to crack, and finally Jenna let you look under the surface, and see the darkness. And after that I couldn’t think anything else just: “Oh my God! What the hell will happen with them eventually?” I wish I hadn’t wanted to know.
My Thoughts (Spoiler Degrees: 2)
Just two more things:
The one, after reading this novel, I couldn’t concentrate on anything else: neither on another book, nor on my work, nor even on my life. It’s rare that a book can do it to me.
The other one: it’s true that this story shattered my soul and heart, but it took place on the virtual shelf of my favorite books, and I will read it over and over and over again. Because it’s worth it.
Song recommendation: Elegeion – Scars
It’s very impressive and it fits the story. There are two versions by two different publishers, and I prefer the half-black and half-blue one to the lighter one with the slogan. Because this book is so much more than that little sentence. So. Much. More.
See my favorite quotes in Daily Quotes from 772 to 775.