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Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
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Aug 03, 2012

really liked it

A woman traveling on a ferry sees a child fall into the water from the opposing ferry and instinctively dives in the water to save him, only to discover afterwards that no one has reported him missing or come searching for him. She takes the boy home with her, planning to find his family and return him, but then becomes suspicious of the circumstances so she keeps him while she investigates. At first it seems stupid and implausible--who would do that, really, in real life...wouldn't you risk being suspected of kidnapping (or worse)? But as the story develops, even though you still think it's rather far-fetched, you empathize with her growing attachment to the boy, and her fears and worries for him. It's very well written and paced, with intriguing characters and a few surprising twists. I wanted the ending to be different (won't say how) but overall it was a comfortable and generally satisfying read.

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