Learning to Swim, by Sara Henry (2011)

Genre: Mystery
Interest level: 16 to Adult
Learning to SwimThis is a another debut title read as an ebook. The premise is terrific – freelance journalist/writer Troy is travelling on the first ferry of the season on Lake Champlain in New York state. She’s watching the ferry headed in the opposite direction when she thinks she sees someone throw a child off the back. Without hesitation she jumps in, swims over and manages to save the child. (You have to really suspend disbelief here – anyone who has swum in an Ontario lake right after ice break-up knows you would not survive the cold.) The child is a six-year-old boy named Paul. He speaks almost no English, only French (a Canadian?). Using her rudimentary French, Troy finds out he was kidnapped. The story slowly develops as Troy tries to find out who would do such a thing. It moves slowly, and the writing is occasionally awkward, but it is oddly compelling, though I found myself shaking my head more than once at Troy’s decisions and rationalizations. Given the Canadian link, the young protagonist and a blend of danger and romance, this is an excellent adult/ya crossover as well.
More reviews and discussion of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8736390-learning-to-swim

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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