The Drowning: A Novel

The Drowning: A Novel

by J.P. Smith


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Every seven years, a boy disappears from Camp Waukeelo.
Who will be next?

It doesn't take long for a little boy to disappear. Joey Proctor can't swim, but that doesn't stop camp counselor Alex Mason from leaving him out on a raft in the middle of the lake in a fit of rage. Alex only meant to scare the kid, teach him a lesson. He didn't mean to forget about him. But now Joey is gone... and his body is never found.

More than twenty years later, Alex is a success. The proof is there for anyone to see, in the millions of dollars he makes, his lavish house, his beautiful wife and daughters. And no one knows what happened that summer at camp. At least, no one should know. But it looks like Joey Proctor may be back to take his revenge...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492669005
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 43,249
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Drowning: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Excellent book! Spent a day off reading and made it to chapter 50. Had to put it down to go to bed for work. U won’t be sorry if u purchase !
Selena More than 1 year ago
There is an urban legend that every seven years a boy disappears from Camp Waukeelo. It is rumored that John Otis is the man who is responsible for the disappearance of these missing boys. Joey Proctor, eight years old is at camp Waukeelo, when his swimming counselor, Alex Mason, makes him go on a dock in the middle of the lake and leaves him there to swim back on his own. Joey, by the way, can’t swim and is terrified of water. Alex, forgets about Joey being on the dock. Then, Joey ends up missing. They search the woods and search the lake, but he is never found. Alex, is hiding under his lies of him leaving Joey on the dock and forgetting him. Twenty years later, Alex is the biggest hotel and real estate developer in New York. He is married, has two children and lives in a big and beautiful home. Then things start happening to Alex. Things from the past. It can't be! Is Joey still alive? Does someone else know what happened twenty years ago and want revenge?
lee2staes More than 1 year ago
Wow! I could not put this book down! The Drowning is a great spooky mystery thriller. A little boy, Joey, disappears from summer camp after being left on a raft in the middle of a lake by Alex, the camp counselor. Alex left Joey there to teach him a lesson. More than 20 years later it looks like Joey is back to get revenge on Alexa who is now very successful and living a lavish lifestyle. Someone, or something remembers Joey’s terror and wants Alex to share in that terror. The ending is a total surprise. I like this book. I highly recommend it.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
The story starts with a group of young boys sitting around a campfire. The cam counselors are also there .... telling the kids about an urban legend. A man would kidnap a child every 7 years. That should be scary enough, but reality is much more frightening. Twenty years ago a camp counselor punished a young boy by putting him on a raft in the middle of the lake ... then promptly forgot all about him. The young boy disappeared, presumably drowned. That brings the reader to the present. The camp counselor has made a great life for himself... he's wealthy, a beautiful home, a loving wife and children. But someone wants him to remember the little boy who drowned. Someone remembers the boy terror ..and wants the counselor to share in that terror today. This is a dark psychological thriller, well-written, with finely drawn characters. The suspense starts on page 1 and doesn't let up until the very last page. The ending came as a surprise and I find myself still thinking about it. I highly recommend THE DROWNING for anyone who likes psychological thrillers. Many thanks to the author / SourceBooks Landmark / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of THE DROWNING. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Wow! I could not put this book down! While the main character is so unlikeable that I wondered if I could read through to the end. But no worries - the author does a great job with making you know all the people involved and then there's the mystery surrounding the disappearance of an 8-year old boy from summer camp. The ending was a total surprise. A very good adventure!
ATaylor More than 1 year ago
Alex is a swimming councilor at a summer camp. Little Joey is sent to the camp so his parents can sort out their marriage. Joey can't swim and is afraid of water. Almost at the end of camp, Alex gets angry at Joey for not at least trying to swim. He takes Joey out in the lake and leaves him on a raft and tells him he will have to swim back or stay there forever. Alex leaves him there and forgets about him. That evening, when they start looking for Joey, Alex remembers, but when he gets to the raft, Joey is gone. Alex keeps quiet and Joey is never found. Twenty one years later Alex is a successful business man with a wife and two daughters. But then Joey catches up with him. And as is mentioned in the book, the reader sees how one small careless act leads to a string of tragedies. Many people was affected by what happened and there were consequences all over the place. Like bodies on a battlefield. I could not put the book down and I want to sincerely thank #Netgalley and the publishers giving me the chance to read it. I did not see the twist at the end coming at all.
Shelley-S-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
This is such a fast-paced story, told in alternating perspectives between current time and 15 years previous (Seven years after Joey Proctor had disappeared). Generally, I prefer books with singular narratives rather than multi-character ones, but for this story, the multi-narrative works well because it's interconnected. I like the fact that it's told from a first-person narrative, which makes me feel close to the characters. Also, the storyline moves along nicely and is logically structured. Not sure a child disappearance can ever be classified as an enjoyable read but this kept me reading until late into the night. This is a psychological suspense novel by a wonderful author that will dismay you and surprise you. Such a gripping thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The author skillfully portrays the intensity of the emotions. There are several surprising twists to the plot that kept me guessing right till the end. This was a brilliant case of a novel being both character and plot driven, I was totally captivated by this fast-paced and suspenseful domestic thriller and look forward to reading more from J.P. Smith. Thank you NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and J.P. Smith for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #TheDrowning #NetGalley