Drowning With Others by Linda Keir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is an onion of mystery and intrigue. Initially, it looks fairly simple and perfectly formed but as each layer is peeled back, more defects and flaws are revealed.
Andi and Ian were childhood sweethearts at Glenlake academy when a high profile, unconventional English teacher disappears without trace. Twenty years on, their daughter, Cassidy, is in her senior year at the same school when the skeleton of the missing teacher is discovered in his missing car at the bottom of the lake in the school grounds.
Cassidy is in the investigative journalism class who endeavour to get to the truth of mystery.
The characters from both generations and their interactions and relationships are developed well as the book moves on at, mostly, a good pace. I say ‘mostly,’ because there are periods of unnecessary filler which could easily be skipped without any negative impact on the story.
The special privilege that Andi and Ian enjoy because of Ian’s family’s historic patronage and investment in the school, further complicate matters. There are police officers getting upset by the interference by the students. There are conflicts between teachers and pupils, past and present, and between family members.
It all comes together in the end and in some unexpected ways. There are some great twists.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of crime thrillers and mysteries.