Today’s book is Water, by Emory Gayle – Emory was kind enough to send me a review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. 🙂
Length: 373 pages
Released: August 26th, 2016
Cora Reed is haunted by the night her twin sister drowned. Seven years later, she’s still afraid of the water, and can barely keep herself from falling apart completely. The last thing that Cora wanted was to fall in love. But she couldn’t have prepared herself for Darrien Locke, the handsome swim instructor at Camp Crystal. Unbeknownst to Cora, they are already connected in unimaginable ways. Mysterious things begin to happen to her, plunging her into a whirlwind of danger and chaos. Only one thing remains steady…Darrien. But he’s not at all what he seems.
Darrien must help Cora discover who she really is, before a terrible power in the deep reaches her. To do that, Darrien must commit the ultimate betrayal.
Solid YA in need of some solid editing.
The writing stymied me on this one. The plot is standard YA fare and interesting enough, but the story is told in a very plain, matter-of-fact style that ultimately didn’t engage me. Details were sparse and turns of phrase were occasionally awkward: “The woman’s eyes spread wide when she looked at me,” or “I couldn’t help the smug smile that swiped across my face.”
Plus, I was constantly being told how the characters were feeling. I’m the worst stickler for ‘show, don’t tell,’ I know, but can you really blame me for wanting to fall in love with the people I’m reading about? Main character Darrien’s internal monologue left a bit to be desired in that regard – “I didn’t get to the position I was in by making friends. That didn’t mean that I didn’t want friends; my job just didn’t allow for it.” Cora was much the same. There just wasn’t much personality to go around, unfortunately.
I’m going to pass on Water for now, but I would definitely be interested in picking it back up after a round of rewrites.