The Drowning by JP Smith

The Drowning, J.P. Smith, 2018

My favorite quote: “Joey must have moved the moment the shutter opened. Because his face, out of all the others, was slightly blurred. As if he were already existing in another time, midway between life and death.”

Notable characters: Joey Proctor, the little boy who gets left on the raft; Alex Mason, the d-bag camp counselor who left him there

Most memorable scene: What Ben and Nick Wheeler happened upon during their hunting trip. Let’s just say J.P. Smith has a way with the creepy. It kinda freaked me out — and I mean that in the best possible way

Greatest strengths: The Drowning exemplifies a clear, concise writing style that makes me want to go out and get more J.P. Smith novels — which I fully intend to do

Standout achievements: Few books reach the level of intrigue as J.P. Smith does in The Drowning. Once you start The Drowning, I’m like, 99.9% positive you won’t be able to stop. Also, when it’s over, you’ll just keep thinking about it. Thank you, J.P. Smith …  

Fun Facts: When J.P. Smith was eight years old, he was at camp, and even though he didn’t know how to swim, a counselor left him on a raft and told he had to either swim back or stay on the raft and die. That experience inspired The Drowning. I’m not sure how I feel about that because while the counselor was obviously a jerk, we got a damn good story out of it, so it’s kind of a mixed bag

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: I don’t mind books with indeterminate endings — and hoo boy, you haven’t met one like this before, I promise you that much. When done well, there’s great power (and frustration, too) in indeterminate endings, and the way J.P. Smith handles it in The Drowning is, as far as I’m concerned, top-drawer stuff

How it inspired me: I loved the ghost stories in the beginning of this book. This was an effective technique that really upped the creep factor and added a supernatural feel to The Drowning without actually going there. I’ll be keeping that in mind. Also, I can’t help wondering if J.P. Smith has ever considered writing a ghost story — because that would be awesome

Additional thoughts: I spent many hours thinking about The Drowning after I finished it. Particularly the ending. There’s something more going on here, I’m sure of it … I just haven’t figured it out yet. I’ve never met J.P. Smith, but if I ever do, I’m asking him about it

Haunt me:

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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