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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Demco Media (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606211659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606211659
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)


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I suppose people will say it was my fault, that if I'd not gone home that March in 1919, Mathilda, my only sister, would not be dead. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on Nov. 5 2010
Format: Paperback
What a great read. I don't really see how anyone could have trouble following the narration. The story unwinds beautifully; Small reveal by small reveal. No big, overdone dramatic moments, no one dimensional 'bad' characters. Despite the title, this is Amanda's story. I alternately despised and felt enormous sympathy for her. I was sorry to see it end. It's been awhile since I really enjoyed a solid novel. The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubuis III comes to mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bock on Oct. 16 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What I really liked about this novel, apart from the skillful style and the author's prodigious understanding of the emotional life, was its ending. Ruth, despite her appalling entrance into life, turns out fine because her aunt puts so much effort into raising her and she probably would have done it even without the guilt about her past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Just another reader on Aug. 30 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is good enough for me to keep turning the pages until I reached the second half of it. It's OK I guess but I thought there was more to it.... when I finished it, I said...'That's it??...'.
It's not totally boring(compared to Atonement...OMG!..I couldn't even finish that one..) but I wasn't totally satisfied.
Oh well,..can't make everyone happy..I guess that's just how Ms. Schwartz wanted it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexi on July 12 2004
Format: Paperback
The title is very symbolic. It does not only refer to the physical drowning as experienced by some of the characters, but also to the suffocating love & possesiveness of Ruth's aunt towards her. It also stands for Amanda's drowning in her own secrets & personal internal turmoils - a choice she made to protect herself instead of telling the truth. It also refers to Carl's frantic search for truth like a drowning man clawing for support & life. In the midst of these all, we see Ruth desperately wanting to be free but finding herself clutching to the one thing that actually holds her back.
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By Canuckfcuk on March 20 2013
Format: Paperback
Second half is just OK. The first half of the book throws plot twists and family drama at you and has you turning page after page. Then, it just goes on auto-pilot to a rather ho-hum ending that contrasts greatly with the first half of the book. It's still written well and the characters are likeable. But, I just felt more could've been touched on (can't say too much without plot spoilers); it just seemed to skim the surface.
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By Alan Cambeira on Aug. 10 2003
Format: Paperback
DROWNING RUTH is deceptively clever. What seems initially like the conventional, usually predictable murder yarn turns out actually being a meticulously crafted story of considerable artistic merit. The circumstances of the drowning of Ruth's mother serves as the catalyst that precipitates an intriguing flow of interrelated events in the lives of Amanda (the drowned woman's sister) and her niece Ruth. Christina Schwarz is a wonderfully talented writer who has woven a rather intricate tale of psychological suspense. There are many engrossing trwists and digressions (but quite necessary) in this very emotional marrative. The mystery is sustained throughout because the reader, as if carefully and thoughtfully fitting together all the jagged pieces of a puzzle, learns in successive chapters what actually occurred that particular wintry night so long ago in the past of both Amanda and Ruth. The writer does a marvelous job in pacing the delicate unravelling of the knitting. This is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller.
I recommend this book very highly.
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Format: Paperback
I was thrilled to get this book in the mail, and ended up disappointed. I felt the plot to be mundane and predictable. The writer revealed the story line by telling the story in both current and past frames of references, and in first person from the viewpoint of several characters, much like in The Poisonwood Bible. The Poisonwood succeeded in creating a compelling read. This book did not. There was very little character development. It seemed implausible to me that Carl would search twenty years for evidence that his wife was unfaithful to him, then just say, "Oh, well. Life goes on..." within one day of finding this evidence. Other than references to the war times, little of the interactions in the book developed the scene and time frame to an effective agree. I'd skip the book.
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Format: Hardcover
Whatever could go wrong for the heroines seems to happen. It is exciting and almost satisfying to have your worst fears for these characters realized time and again, unlike most writing of mainstream novels. I'm not a mean or morbid person, but this book feels like an outlet for your fears and worries. The worst does happen and life goes on. Wipe your brow of its sweat and read on. Let something bad happen to someone else for a change!
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