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

Greatest strengths: Clear, concise writing

Standout achievements: Once you start, you won’t be able to stop — and when it’s over, you’ll just keep thinking about it 

Fun Facts: When the author 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 this book. 

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: There is power (and frustration) in indeterminate endings

How it inspired me: I loved the ghost stories in the beginning. This was an effective technique that really upped the creep factor and added a supernatural feel to the book without actually going there. I’ll be keeping that in mind.

Additional thoughts: I spent many hours thinking about this book 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.

My rating: 4.5 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

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: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* 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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