Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review - The Drowning Game by LS Hawker

Published - September 2015

Book Summary

They said she was armed.
They said she was dangerous.
They were right.
Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is free.
Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary.
But when Petty learns the truth behind her father's madness—and her own family—the reality is worse than anything she could have imagined. On the road and in over her head, Petty's fight for her life has just begun.
Fans of female-powered thrillers will love debut author LS Hawker and her suspenseful tale of a young woman on the run for her future…and from the nightmares of her past.

My Review - 4 1/2

I saw this book mentioned during a book meme, I was intrigued and downloaded it.  Sometimes the best books are the one's you know nothing about outside of the summary.  I want to just say read it, there is something for all, especially the thriller, mystery fans but I think this is perfect for the YA fans that want to get into thrillers.  I was captivated and didn't want to go to sleep nights and even bought it to work, which I never do, I just couldn't get enough and had to know what was going to happen.

Petty is a 21 year old GI Jane.  Her father has passed and left a will for Petty, this information was a shock to Petty's system.  She finally felt free to explore the world and the will had her to continue to be locked up, she would not have it.  The will bought up other questions that made her say she needs to research her history, what is really going on.  She has been isolated creating a social awkwardness and the kids and town think she is weird but they are also scared of her.  She plans her escape and it involves another young adult, Dekker.

Dekker is more than happy to assist Petty, he has a crush on her but in an intriguing advocate way but he quickly ends up in a life or death escape plan without his blessing.  This is one of the best characters partnered together for me, it just worked, they were exactly what the other needed.  This story is fast paced with twists and secrets being revealed along the way.

Petty has been taught to observe, orient, decide and act, the OODA.  She is also a NYCPD tv addict and quotes the TV oath when she is scared.  Petty is a character to love and I would love to read more on her but the story ended perfectly, I love my stand alone's and the debut author LS Hawker did it brilliantly.  I am excited to read such an intense brilliant thriller.  There is no guessing with this one, your guess will be wrong, you are shocked with the secrets and twists and get to the end saying wow, how did the story turn.  You are cheering for Petty hoping she finds the family she deserves and before she is captured to continue living a locked up life.

I recommend this one to all my blogging friends, so good.  I really hope to see this one around the blogosphere,  It will be on my Top 10 list for 2016 I'm sure.

And.......... so exciting and laughable.  I have chose this as my book club read, they will receive it at next months meeting to read for April's meeting, YES, finally will get them to read something I love but I think they can handle.


  1. This sounds really good, Marce! Though it does in the beginning anyway, sound similar to One Kick by Chelsea Cain. Did you read that one? I recommend it.

    I agree. I like to sometimes get a book that no one is talking about and I don't know anything about except a short blurb. We are often rewarded with a great book!

    1. I haven't reached One Kick yet, I think I have 1 in the series before I get to it. It is so good, definitely recommend it Rita.

  2. It sounds like a great read. Yay for an interesting book club!!

  3. This sounds very good! I like a good strong heroine in thrillers and this book sounds like it has everything good packed in it.

  4. Love the sound of this one! Adding it to the TBR list right now! Great review!

  5. Interesting! I haven't heard of this one but it sounds super intriguing!

  6. I hope your book club enjoys it as much as you did. A new one for me too.

  7. This does sound good, Marce! I hope your book club enjoys it too. :-)

  8. This sounds like one I would enjoy! I haven't heard of it before but will definitely check it out.

  9. This sounds good! Another one for the wish list!

  10. This does sound very good indeed- thank you for sharing

  11. Interesting. I'll put it on my list. And may I add my recommendation to Rita's regarding ONE KICK. My book group read that one last fall. It was pretty popular with them - even the ones that don't care for grittier books. Good luck with your group!!

  12. This sounds intense! I'm curious about what was revealed in her father's will. Great recommendation - this is a new to me author.

  13. Oh, this sounds good Marce and I agree with you that - sometimes the most enjoyable books are those you know nothing about.

    Tempted to add this to be humungous reading list!

  14. New bloglovin' follower! I am so intrigued by this: what exactly is the truth behind her father's actions?


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