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The Drowning (The Drowning #1)

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What happens if you've done something terrible? But you can't remember what. And you don't know how to put it right ...When Carl opens his eyes on the banks of a lake, his brother is being zipped into a body bag. What happened in the water? He can't remember And when he glimpses a beautiful girl he thinks he recognizes, she runs away. Suddenly he knows he must find her - b ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by The Chicken House (first published May 2nd 2013)
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Kamilla
Mar 26, 2014 Kamilla rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes the dead don't go quietly."

"I heard someone. But there's noone there. It sounded like... But it couldn't be. I heard him last night, though, when I was drifting off. But that's different, isn't it? When you're nearly asleep, the edges blur, you're halfway into your dreams, aren't you? But I'm awake now. Someone's messing about, playing tricks on me. "

This book will leave you looking over your shoulder every time you go to have a shower. It's that creepy.

The main character, Carl is a
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Titus214
Mar 30, 2014 Titus214 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly this was not good. I was excited to get an arc of this book after reading the premise and falling in love with that beautiful cover. However once I started reading I began to worry if I would finish the story at all.

1. The flashbacks and time jumps threw me off. They were confusing because our main character Cee, doesn't know if they are true or not and they also reveal him to be an awful person.
2. I didn't get the relationships in the story the characters were not well written to the poin
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Allegra
Apr 14, 2014 Allegra rated it liked it
The Drowning. Certainly an interesting book and I found it difficult to put down, but it wasn't exactly enjoyable to read. I was curious about how it would end and the fates of the characters, but as much as the book seems to be about finding closure, it didn't really have much itself, which is slightly frustrating to me.
A few quick things that I noticed about The Drowning. First thing is that it felt very fast paced, Chris, or Cee, who tells the story hardly ever slows down. Second, there is
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Sonja
Jun 28, 2014 Sonja rated it really liked it
Een bijzonder verhaal. Op de cover zie je een meisje, die lijkt in een kamer te zijn, gevuld met water. De titel is verdronken, wat zou dit betekenen?
Het begint met een jongen die aan de rand van een rivier ligt en naast hem ligt een jongen die sprekend op hem lijkt. Er wordt een rits gesloten van de zak waar deze in ligt. Als hij in de ambulance ligt, komt er een meisje bij en die begint te gillen, zodra ze hem ziet!
Dan gaat het verhaal verder met dat hij op weg is naar huis in een taxi, samen
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Jesse Owen
Mar 08, 2016 Jesse Owen rated it really liked it
Really thoroughly enjoyed this book - part spooky and part mystery it hooked me from page 1 and didn't let go until the end. I made a full video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=121yD...
Kate Ormand
A contemporary thriller with a paranormal twist. It was interesting to see the water almost become a character in itself - an unstoppable, destructive force. The novel is dark and dramatic, and has a good pace. The creepy paranormal element will appeal to fans of FRACTURE by Megan Miranda.
Pupilla
Dec 15, 2013 Pupilla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-hungarian, 2014
Mélységesen szenvedtem.
http://pupillaolvas.blogspot.hu/2014/...

Worst read of 2014 so far.
Shrilaxmi
Jan 02, 2015 Shrilaxmi rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, library
This book was brilliant. The story was great and it was spooky. I think it's one of the best books I've read this year.
Princess of Peculiarity
Nov 02, 2013 Princess of Peculiarity rated it really liked it
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Jordan
May 24, 2013 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ouaw ! Quelle lecture ! REVIENS-MOI est un roman qui m'a coupé le souffle, et je ne m'attendais vraiment pas ça ! J'ai suffoqué, me suis noyé, et j'ai été entraîné dans un torrent d'émotions palpitantes ! Que de suspense, de stress, de surprises et d'adrénaline ! Je tiens à préciser que la couverture du roman et le titre du livre collent PARFAITEMENT à l'histoire ! L'ambiance de ce récit est tellement bien représentée à travers ces deux éléments ! Même si
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Leselurch
Nov 16, 2013 Leselurch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Worum geht's?*
Rob ist tot. Ertrunken in dem tödlichen Wasser des Sees - und Carl war dabei. Doch er kann sich an nichts erinnern. Seit jenem verhängnisvollen Tag leidet Carl unter Gedächtnisverlust und wird von unzähligen Fragen geplagt. Warum waren er und sein Bruder bei Sturm am See? Wer ist das Mädchen, das bei ihnen war? Warum hat ausgerechnet Carl überlebt? Und warum kann er nicht um seinen Bruder trauern? Carl macht sich auf die Suche nach Antworten, das ist er Rob schuldig - und das läss
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Stefanie Hasse hisandherbooks.de
Zitat:
„Aber wer bin ich? Und wer war mein Bruder? Mochte ich ihn? Mochte er mich? Nicht, wenn die Erinnerung auf der Treppe stimmt.
Ich denke an das, was man mir erzählt hat. „Dein Bruder ist tot. Es gab einen Unfall. Er ist ertrunken.“ Wieso spüre ich nichts? Ich muss doch ein Monster sein, wenn ich keine Trauer empfinde.“
(S. 26)

„Woher weiß man, ob man gerade verrückt wird? Sieht man dann anders aus? Kann man es in den eigenen Augen sehen?“
(S. 59)

Inhalt:
Carls Bruder Rob ist ertrunken. Das hat ma
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Sue Jackson
A spooky, thrilling ghost story that kept me riveted! Read my full review:

http://bookbybook.blogspot.com/2016/1...
Shiku
Oct 13, 2013 Shiku rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Als Carl zu sich kommt, sieht er ein Gesicht neben sich – sein Gesicht, das Gesicht seines Bruder, bleich und schlammverschmiert. Tot. Was geschehen ist und wer das schreiende Mädchen im Krankenwagen ist, weiß er nicht mehr, und auch ansonsten sind seine Erinnerungen wie ausgelöscht. Die Frau, die ihn vom Krankenhaus abholt, kennt er nicht, auch wenn es heißt, dass es seine Mutter sei. Doch mit jedem Tag kehren mehr und mehr Fragmente zurück – Schreie seiner Mutter, Bilder von seinem Bruder, wie ...more
Jasi
Dec 14, 2013 Jasi rated it it was amazing
Als Carl die Augen aufschlägt sieht er seinen Burder, voller Schlamm, blass, tot. Während Carl nur ein Gehirnerschüttern bekommen und sein Gedächnis verloren hat, ist sein Bruder Rob im See gestorben. Carl kann sich an nichts mehr errinern, erkennt nicht mal mehr seine Mutter aber dafür sieht er, immer wenn er nass ist, seinen toten Bruder der ihn verfolgt und droht ihn zu töten sollte Carl für den rachsüchtigen Bruder nicht seine ehemalige Freundin Neisha umbringen. Insgeheim ist der Junge aber ...more
Tiffa (The Readers Lair)
The Drowning has to be one of the strangest books I’ve read this year, and that’s saying something! I definitely don’t mean this in bad way though; The Drowning was a compelling and wonderfully written novel that I couldn’t put down. I didn’t expect anything less from Rachel Ward, who has the ability to write stories that I’m sure everyone will love. This book is very different from Rachel’s other novel; Numbers, but also very similar at the same time with a fast-paced and action packed plot lin ...more
Manja
Jan 13, 2014 Manja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurzbeschreibung:
Er kommt zu sich. Ein Tropfen trifft sein linkes Auge. Dann schießt Regen aus dem grauen Himmel. Er dreht den Kopf zur Seite, spuckt Schlamm und Kies aus, entdeckt ein Gesicht, wenige Meter entfernt. Haare kleben wie dünne Schlangen auf der Stirn. Aus dem Mundwinkel rinnt Wasser. Bleiche Haut, dreckverschmiert, geschlossene Augen. Es ist sein eigenes Gesicht!
Als Carl aufwacht, ist Rob tot. Doch Carl kann sich an nichts erinnern. Nicht, wie sein Bruder ertrunken ist, oder warum s
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Cornelia Franke
Sprache: Drowning überzeugt mit kurzen schnellen Sätzen, die zu Beginn noch Tempo in die Geschichte bringen. Ungeschönt zeigt die Autorin die sozialschwachen Verhältnisse von Carl, seine alkoholabhängige Mutter und das Problemviertel, in dem er lebt. Trotzdem werden Carls Gedanken, Gefühle und Ängste gut rübergebracht, sodass man auch seine Trauer, beziehungsweise die anfängliche Unfähigkeit mit Robs Tod umzugehen, gut nachfühlen kann.

Figuren: Carl stand schon immer im Schatten seines Bruders un
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Caitlin (booksandwindowseats)
Jul 08, 2014 Caitlin (booksandwindowseats) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
This reviews was originally posted at http://booksandwindowseats.wordpress.com. You're welcome to stop by for more bookish stuff :)

Carl is fifteen. His brother has drowned in the lake and his death is said to have been a “terrible accident.” But Carl’s memory is missing. He doesn’t remember anything– why were they at the lake? How did he die? Why does he feel guilty? Who is the girl? As his memory slowly recovers, the truth becomes more and more terrifying, and his brother, Rob, is back.

This book
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Sherry
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Destiny
Feb 19, 2014 Destiny rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-firsts
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Angela
Mar 30, 2014 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
I was given this book as an ARC from Scholastic via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Carl almost died in the lake. But he doesn't remember what happened. When he wakes up he sees his brother Rob being zipped up in a body bag and there is a girl. A girl who is terrified of him. But he doesn't know why. He can't remember anything before waking up. His mother is assured that he'll remember. But does Carl want to remember? Will the truth set him free or drown him like the water of the lake
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Gesil
Apr 23, 2015 Gesil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jessy Rey
Carl, sein Bruder Rob und dessen Freundin Neisha waren am See. Ein Sturm kommt auf und als Carl erwacht, ist sein Bruder tot und Neisha hat panische Angst vor ihm. Nur das Carl selbst sich an nichts erinnern kann.
Und so weiß man als Leser anfangs genauso viel wie Carl – nichts.
Als dieser nach Hause kommt, erkennt er weder sein Zimmer noch seine Mutter. Alles was ihm bleibt, ist ein fremdartiges, beklemmendes Gefühl, dass Rachel Ward wirklich gut rüber gebracht hat.
Carl versucht mit all dem kla
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Maia Moore
Jan 29, 2015 Maia Moore rated it really liked it
Original review posted here

I was intrigued by this book as soon as I read the prologue. It was only a couple of pages but it draws you into the story so well you can't help but be hooked.

The protagonist, Carl is left with amnesia after an accident that's left his brother dead. His confused state is just another thing that pulls you into the story: information is leaked in dribs and drabs as it comes back to him. Small things like where he lives and who his neighbours are, and then much bigger th
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Lucy Powrie

The Drowning is very different from Ward's first trilogy, Numbers, in many ways, but it is also very similar. The thing I love the most about this author is that we know what to expect and my expectations were very high for The Drowning. Those expectations were, however, were low compared to how much I actually loved this book.

After an accident that killed his brother, Carl has been left with amnesia. This meant that the reader gets to know the world that Carl lives in at the same time he does.
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Hannah Lozie
Apr 13, 2016 Hannah Lozie rated it liked it
Revealing memories

I have read The Drowning, written by Rachel Ward. It’s about a fifteen-years-old boy Carl who opens his eyes on the banks of a lake with his dead brother, Rob, and his brother’s girlfriend, Neisha, next to him. He can’t remember what happened. Little by little he regains his memory and the story unfolds through Carl’s eyes. Like this he finds out what took place in the lake and who was involved. Things go from bad to worse when Rob returns as a ghost to take revenge. Meanwhile,
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Once Upon a Twilight
OUT's Review

Let me start by coming clean. From the start I had to fight off the urge to cheat and jump ahead to the last chapter!

Right from the start we are introduced to 15 year old Carl. He has woken after being pulled from a lake. He has no memory of how or why he is there but one thing he is sure of, that was his brother that was just zipped up and taken away in a body bag. And then there is the girl, the girl sitting across from him in the ambulance, crying. Who is she?

I cannot help but to
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LouLou
Jul 11, 2014 LouLou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The Drowning is a thriller in which author Rachel Ward reels you in with a gripping prologue that captivates readers hook, line, and sinker. Never having read Ward's previous novels (Numbers trilogy), I was intrigued by the premise of the book--surviving a horrific event with no existing memory of anything (name, family, where you live, all past events vanished). How can you reclaim your life when you are haunted by a past you can't remember?



Although a com
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