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Publisher's Summary

There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)
Jenna Lord's first 16 years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother - until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and everyone cries for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain... magnetism. And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)
Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds - and the rules.
©2012 Ilsa Bick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Justagirl on 03-09-12


This book makes the short list for the Top Ten Most Disturbing books I have ever read. It's common for a writer to tackle a dark pertinent issue......In Drowning Instinct, Ilsa Bick just about tackles them all.

The audiobook medium is perfect for Drowning Instinct. It is written in first person point of view, and has the primary character speaking her story into a tape recorder. The audiobook is like having the recorder dropped into your hands.

The waters in Drowning Instinct are dark. In some places churning, and in some will pull you under.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rainer on 03-28-12

Disturbing, beautiful, awfully komplex and...

Any additional comments?

So, this is actually the first time I'm writing a review - even though I'm addicted to all kind of audio books (in particular YA paranormal romance, just keeping it light and delighting), so I was a little bit sceptic about purchasing this book (whithout a credit, I might mention) - but it was a good investment:

First of all: If you're looking for a nice teen love-story, that's not your audiobook.

The sotry is disturbing - but beautifully so. It's about love, taboos, desires - very basic desires indeed - like being loved and accepted just the way you are, however screwed up that might be - but what the author does, is to light up the shadows, not taking the simple road of black and white, but looking at those aspects of live, which can't be categorized into simple drawers, adding layers to it and telling the only version of truth there is - from a very personal view, the view of one person - Jenna (no idea how to write her name) - she's a

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 08-05-15

must have

loved it to the end even though it made me cry. would listen to it again.

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4 out of 5 stars
By @Scattered_Laura on 04-15-12

Painfully clever!

I liked the book - I'm going to give it plenty of stars - but I liked it because of how brilliantly Bick's writing draws you in. I didn't like the story, I'll admit that, but I'm not sure you're meant to. I think it's one of those books where you read (or listen) in wide eyed horror. I found myself grimacing over much of the narration because I found it dark. But the really dark thing about the story is that, sometimes, I found myself rooting for them!

I think this is going to be a controversial book because of the YA audience. People will assume that young adults won't have the intelligence or the sophistication to understand that Jenna's narrative is biased. Maybe they'll see this book's message as one of hope for their own schoolgirl crushes or an endorsement for the old cliché that love can conquer all. In a way, this is true... but I think that any audience, young adult or not, has its dopes.

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