Girl Underwater

  • by Claire Kells
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer's harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her - only one of whom knows what really happened in the wilderness.
Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university's nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations, but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.
That all changes when Avery's red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery's college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person - something she refused to do. Instead she's avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with subzero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could've imagined.
In the wilderness the concept of survival is clear cut. Simple. In the real world, it's anything but.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I couldn't put it down!

I was surprised by how this book grabbed me into the story. I started and finished the book in less than 24 hours (in the middle of the work week)! The narrator was great and the story was interwoven well. The story was really believable and Claire Kells did a great job of creating a story around the subject of PTSD.

I'm very pleased I purchased this one.
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- Courtney

Mixed Bag

The back story is excellent and there are portions of this audiobook that are really good. It's just unfortunate that getting to those portions involves wading through long, tedious, overly detailed sections of text that made me long for the printed page where I could skim through such detritus. I found it unfortunate because I really liked the concept and the author's knowledge of the high level competitive swim world appears sound. As much as I liked the idea of this selection I can't recommend it.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio