The Sound of Drowning by Katherine Fleet tells the story of Meredith Hall, a girl who is caught in a love triangle with Ben Collins, the sweet, dependable boy who she has known since she was a kid and Wyatt Quinn, the flirtatious famous Moto-Cross racer who is new to town. But will she be able to find love with either of them before the waves of her past come crashing down around her?
Katherine Fleet has written a beautiful book full of emotion. It is a novel full of grief, loss, hope and second chances.
I loved Fleet’s writing style. It flowed really well and was very poetic at times. I enjoyed how the book was structured according to present time and flashbacks which I thought was really unique and engaging.
The plot was much more complex and multi-faceted than I originally thought it would be which I really enjoyed. I really liked the fact that Fleet wrote two major plot twists into the novel. I didn’t see either of them coming and I was blown away by them.
The characters are so well-developed and all have individual stories and plot-lines and their own reasons for the decisions they make but they are all interconnected in such a heartfelt way. The emotions of the characters are very evocative and you almost feel the characters emotions reflected back onto you at times, which is a sign of excellent writing.
I also appreciate that Fleet does not shy away from dealing with difficult topics especially topics that are not often covered in Young Adult Fiction. The book deals with teen pregnancy, abortion, suicide and depression.
My two minor critiques are that I wish the book had been more diverse and I also felt that the pacing of the first half of the novel was a bit too slow but overall it is wonderfully written and I can’t wait to see what Fleet writes next.
I would recommend the book to anyone looking for a beautifully written book full of romance that also deals with difficult topics in a realistic manner.
The Sound of Drowning by Katherine Fleet will be released on March 12th 2019 by Page Street Kids.