Learning to Swim

  • by Sara J. Henry
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"If I'd blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn't, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward the water."
When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore towing a tiny passenger. Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He'll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he's resolutely mute.
Troy assumes that Paul's frantic parents will be in touch with the police or the press. But what follows is a shocking and deafening silence. And Troy, a freelance writer, finds herself as fiercely determined to protect Paul as she is to find out what happened to him. She'll need skill and courage to survive and protect her charge and herself.
Sara J. Henry's powerful and compelling Learning to Swim will move and disturb listeners right up to its shattering conclusion.


What the Critics Say

"Sara J. Henry opens her first novel like a pro.... the throbbing heart of the story is right out of Jane Eyre." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In her debut, the first in a projected series, Henry proves herself to be a smooth and compelling storyteller. And her lead is highly appealing: An athletic, fiercely independent young woman who, like crime-fiction author Gillian Flynn’s feisty females, is capable of making delightfully acerbic observations." (Booklist)
"A compelling plot, a pervading sense of foreboding, well-constructed characters." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A Worthwhile Suspense/Mystery

Learning to Swim is a solid novel that I found enjoyable on many levels. I was initially drawn to this book because I lived and traveled in the areas where the story is set. The author does a terrific job of describing the area and the people in the North Country of New York, Vermont, and Ottawa. What Ms. Henry also terrifically accomplishes is to tell an enjoyable story of instant compassion, trust and genuine concern for Paul, a little boy thrown from a car ferry into an icy lake. The characters we meet are well developed and real. After saving Paul from the lake, Troy looks for those responsible for his abduction and tossing Paul into the lake. This story keeps your interest all the way to the last syllable. I found it to be very fulfilling and an enjoyable story. Learning to Swim is well worth your time. If this is the debut, I very eagerly await her next several books.
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- Howard

Good Voice, lots of filler

SPOILERS: This was a decent story, I liked the idea, but the execution was off. They found the boy's family much too fast & then dragged out the obvious twist at the end. could have been an effective short story.
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios