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Taking on Water Paperback – July 15, 2015
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- "A harrowing tale of abuse and addiction, told in a beautiful way that will touch your heart. This book was very emotional, very driven..." Kelly Smith Reviews
- "Rawding has an incredibly knack for knowing what the reader wants to happen next and doesn't leave them hanging for long. I hope that he writes another story like this -- and I hope he writes it soon because I loved this book." Brian's Book Blog
- "Wow, this was such a thrilling page turner!" My So-Called Book Reviews
- "This novel took off quick and it drew me in quickly...I had a really hard time putting this one down though." Crandom Blog
- "I was not expecting the level of emotional intensity that this novel achieves. Taking on Water is a horrific theater of human nature. And it begins with James." The Coffee Pot Review
- "Visceral and brutally honest, "Taking on Water" by the talented David Rawding is riveting. Rawding's unflinching portrayal of a man with personal and physical demons is engaging from the very first page." Reading Other People
- "In a nutshell, this story is quite mind-blowing, poignant, painful and even thought-provoking. Verdict: This is one of the quite promising psychological thrillers in the world of fiction." Book Stop Corner
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The story itself centers around James Morrow, a social worker, who grew up with an abusive father and vowed to never become that himself. He's married to Maya, a police officer. They live in the small New Hampshire town of Newborough. When you first think of a small town in New Hampshire, you might think bucolic pastures, forests, dotted with clapboard houses and church steeples straight out of a Grandma Moses painting. But Newborough is a town turned upside town by economic decline and the plague of heroin abuse.
James Morrow meets Tucker's son Kevin and noticing bruises and scaps on the boy, suspects Kevin is being abused at home. He drops Kevin off at home and meets Tucker. It doesn't take James long to understand Kevin is not being abused by his father, and the two families become friends.
The plot progresses as the effects of the heroin trade wear on the town as when a boy at the recreation center dies of an overdose. Maya Morrow must investigate, and of course that brings her into the sights of the traffickers.
The Flynns and Morrows all have their issues and secrets that combine with the town's drug problems to create complications with tragic effect.
The story gets off to a slow, deliberate start as we see that James Morrow is a flawed character whose viewpoint is not reliable due to his persistent panic attacks, a lingering effect of his abusive childhood. The plot begins to take on more energy and speed by the midpoint and the reading is much faster after that. I was surprised at first at some of the turn of events and the ending until I realized that they made sense given what had gone before.
David Rawding has a lot of talent and tells a good story. It does have a slow start, but I think that's because of the prologue. The celebrated writer, Elmore Leonard's once advised new writers to never use prologues because they often confuse readers since the action immediately drops off with the start of Chapter 1 and a new character.
Overall, I liked the story. I really liked the writing. I think Rawding has talent and style and a great imagination. I received this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review and I do highly recommend it.
Ottawa twists. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fast paced
, action loaded book.
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I LOVED the book until it was about 3/4ths of the way through and it went off into left field.Read more
Cons: Unfortunately the description of the book seemed to give an air of adventure, mystery and excitement.Read more
The prologue was not enticing to me.Read more