Review: The Drowning Girls



Liz McGinnis never imagined herself living in a luxurious gated community like The Palms. Ever since she and her family moved in, she’s felt like an outsider amongst the Stepford-like wives and their obnoxiously spoiled children. Still, she’s determined to make it work—if not for herself, then for her husband, Phil, who landed them this lavish home in the first place, and for her daughter, Danielle, who’s about to enter high school.

Yet underneath the glossy veneer of The Palms, life is far from idyllic. In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can’t be trusted. So when the gorgeous girl next door befriends Danielle, Liz can’t help but find sophisticated Kelsey’s interest in her shy and slightly nerdy daughter a bit suspicious.

But while Kelsey quickly becomes a fixture in the McGinnis home, Liz’s relationships with both Danielle and Phil grow strained. Now even her own family seems to be hiding things, and it’s not long before their dream of living the high life quickly spirals out of control…

Rating: 5 stars


The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard is an edgy, dark yet chilling read. Paula Treick DeBoard has brilliantly woven together a story about a family, their secrets, and one person’s major obsession with someone. A suspenseful read that will keep readers, at the edge of their seats. The danger is high and the emotions are intense. It’s hard not to get lost, into the heart of this stunning read. The writer definitely knows how to deliver a novel that will blow readers away. Her writing is very detailed and realistic.

Inside of The Drowning Girls, readers will meet a family who suddenly move into a neighborhood where they don’t belong. Liz McGinnis the wife and mother in this family automatically sense the unwanted arrival immediately. After being introduced to the neighbors, Liz feels that she and her family will never belong to this closed tight society. Then, there’s her gut feeling about one of the girls about her daughter’s age. Something that she can’t put her finger and yet it bothers her. Liz is the kind of woman that is the perfect mother and wife. She wants to make her family happy and keep them safe. Her husband Phil pushes her to mingle with the neighbors. Like he knows better…then suddenly their lives are turned inside out and upside down. The danger sinks in…and it’s only going to get worse…

Overall, I highly recommend The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard. Her novel is one that readers won’t want to miss. Captivating from the first page….fast-paced, well-written, and exciting. I loved reading this novel.


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