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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Roberts Press (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615448127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615448121
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,458,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

WINNER OF THE 2011 FORWARD NATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD in the category of Drama #1 Amazon bestselling author, SUSAN WINGATE, is co-host of the very popular talk radio show, DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES. Susan has written several plays, one screenplay, two short story collections and nine novels, four of which have been published and another three slated for publication in 2011 and 2012. Her amateur sleuth series entitled The Bobby’s Diner Series has received acclaim from reviewers and in book competitions. Her gritty novel, A FALLING OF LAW by JJ Adams is often described as Chandleresque in style. International bestselling author, Michael Collins, has this to say about A FALLING OF LAW, “So edgy and straightforward talking. [Harvey Fleming] is a rare breed and he’s doing exactly what he should be doing.” A lover of the education and the arts, Susan Wingate teaches writing, she draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium. Susan Wingate lives in Washington State with her husband and with a bunch of animals.

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I felt that the book started very slowly and maintained that pace.
cdb8128
As for the writing, I found it passable but far, far too heavy on description after description.
Page Turner
Mother, daughter, sister tangle with love and fear amid some secrets and some personal issues.
RD Larson

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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Page Turner on September 20, 2011
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Obviously, with nine 5-star reviews, I am the odd reader out. But even so, I cannot recommend this book.

I felt the beginning was not just slow, it was unbelievably slow. We were given a hint of what would propel the protagonist to act as she did fairly quickly but then left hanging for pages and pages and even chapters before further attention was paid to what was supposed to be the triggering incident that set the story in motion. And even then, the author so often ventured off into distracting side trips into her past that it was frustrating.

The other major problem I had with this novel was that I never connected with the protagonist. She was not especially likable. She went off half-cocked on a mission to uncover 'the truth' of long-buried family secrets, against her mother's wishes and when her mother was perhaps a week from death--in a hospice facility, no less. It was impossible to understand why her mission, which didn't seem that earth shaking, couldn't have waited. Then, she proceeded to upset aging relatives. I found her not only heartless, but stupid--entering her aunt's empty house after her aunt ordered her to leave earlier and rummaging through personal documents while the aunt was gone? Who does something like this?? And then to lead another man who was connected to the family by marriage years before to believe she would have sex with him in exchange for information, and take him to her hotel room? Good grief! It wasn't as if she was on a mission to save the country from multiple nuclear bomb attacks!

As for the writing, I found it passable but far, far too heavy on description after description. The book also could have used tighter editing, which was not part of my decision to give only three stars.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis on October 10, 2011
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Tales of redemption are a staple of fiction; however, under the deft hand of Susan Wingate, the story of Euly Winger in Drowning is unlike any story you have read before. While Euly navigates the secrets of her family's past as she simultaneously confronts her failed marriage and her mother's imminent death, a character of memorable proportions emerges, and we have a new heroine to cheer on and to embrace.

Phyllis Schieber, author of The Manicurist, The Sinner's Guide to Confession, and Willing Spirits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LABostwick on August 13, 2011
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Susan Wingate is an amazing author. In her book, "Drowing", she maintains your interest throught the book, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and even throws some turns you don't expect. Very well written and highly reccomended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Veronica Esagui on June 29, 2011
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Susan Wingate's novel DROWNING took me deep into its waters, from the first to the last page. Susan Wingate utterly succeeds in writing DROWING, as a powerful novel that is designed to show the conflicts as well as the complex inner workings of human nature.
Dr. Veronica Esagui, television producer and author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Uvi Poznansky on May 1, 2014
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Reading Drowning I was truly torn between two polar extremes: my delight in the compelling story-telling talent of its author, Susan Wingate, and my distaste for the poor attention she gave to editing and proofreading her work. For the first I would have awarded her 5 stars--for the second, alas, only 2. The writing lacks in its grammar, punctuation, spelling, which give it a shaky underlying structure. I think it is imperative that indie authors proofread their work. Not doing so is a slight towards the reader, and a disservice to themselves.

So to help me come up with a reasonable way to weigh these opposite impressions, I made a note to myself that story-telling is a natural talent, one that comes from the heart and guts and cannot be taught. Not so with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Which is why I ended up giving the author the benefit of the doubt, hoping she will come back to improve the technical aspects of her writing. Therefore I am awarding the story 4 stars.

The cover image of a bluish head over which you can discern the flow of water is somewhat morbid, and fully becoming of the theme of the story, which includes an episode of physical drowning as well as that feeling of suffocation Euly feels, faced with the secrets in her family. She is far from being a 'likable' protagonist, and her actions are far from following any logical reasoning, which makes for surprising twists and turns in this story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Review Person on September 13, 2011
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From the opening pages, Susan Wingate draws the reader in with a scene of gripping emotion. As the book continues, layers of Euly Winger's secret past come off. I found myself haunted by the story and the supernatural perspective through which Ms. Wingate tells her tale. A must read, not just for afficianados of women' fiction, but for anyone who enjoys a superbly written work of literature.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bellomo on July 4, 2011
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Ever have that dark moment at 2am, when all of life's troubles appear to be closing in and there's no escape?

Euly Winger, the protagonist at the heart of Susan Wingate's latest novel, inhabits that very moment. Yet, even as troubles with her family and marriage seem to be closing in, she sets out to uncover - and more importantly, *understand* - the dark secret held at her family's heart.

At turns lyrical and touching, you'll find this an exercise in emotion and intimacy. Highly recommended.
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www.susanwingate.com

Amazon Bestselling Author and WINNER of the Forward National Literature Award in Family Drama for "Drowning"

#1 Amazon Best Seller (Titles: "The Deer Effect" and "Drowning")
#2 Amazon Best Seller (Title: "Bobby's Diner")

Susan's writing has been hailed by international bestselling author Michael Collins as "writing of the finest quality." Susan Wingate pens Christian fantasy and thrillers, gritty crime fiction, psychological thrillers, paranormal fantasy and visionary metaphysical suspense.

Drowning winner of the Forward National Literature Award instantly became a #1 Amazon bestseller as did her Bobby's Diner mystery series. Wingate lives in the Seattle Metropolitan area.

THE DEER EFFECT becomes an Amazon Bestseller upon its release!

#1 Amazon bestseller in three different categories! In Christian fantasy, Metaphysical, and Religious SciFi/Fantasy!

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