- File Size: 1789 KB
- Print Length: 154 pages
- Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Books; First edition (August 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013Y4WE48
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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** This is a solid suspense read – I was guessing the entire time, and I didn’t figure it all out until close to the end (and even then I still had some guesses at other aspects of the novel). There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing!
** I always love novels that are set in seasonal beach towns during the summer. It could be that I envision myself spending a summer someday in a town just like Beach Point Bay.
** I appreciated the variety of characters included in the novel. I really enjoyed getting to know many of the main characters as well as the secondary characters with their wide range of personalities and quirks.
** I liked the voice that is used throughout the book. I think it is very appropriate to the YA population, and it was perfect for the story.
** If you need a quick read for a fall day indoors, this one is perfect. It could easily be finished in an afternoon.
On the Minus Side:
** I really do not like the cover for this book. I feel as if it doesn’t reflect the actual content of the novel. When you see a bikini-clad woman on a beach do you think mystery and suspense?
** In my opinion, this story wrapped up too quickly for me. I was enjoying the build of the suspense, and then the whole novel ended suddenly. Although I liked the ending, it was all a bit fast for me.
Cathy was a well developed character. Her snarky sense of humor made me laugh out loud, but what really made me like her was seeing how caring she was. She had a lot of empathy for strangers as well as for people she knew. This combination isn’t something that I’ve seen in many other books. It worked beautifully with the rest of her personality, though!
There were pacing issues. So much of the storyline was spent on introducing the characters and setting that there wasn’t enough time to explore what was going on with all of the murders that were happening in Beach Point. I was expecting this mystery to be the main focus of the plot, so it was confusing to need to keep track of so many other subplots. The subplots also slowed down how often Cathy was able to get more clues about the identity and motive of the murderer.
Beach Point sounded like such an interesting little community. I liked how much time the author spent describing all of its shops and landmarks in such great detail. It made me feel like I was walking around town with Cathy and seeing everything through her unique point of view. While I didn’t always agree with this character’s opinions about the various places she visited there, having such a clear image of what she was talking about was nice.
I’d recommend Swimming Alone to anyone who is in the mood for a fun beach read.
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Great quick read for anyone. I didn't think i would enjoy this book so much.Read more