Book Review: Swimming Alone by Nina Mansfield
October 4, 2015
In Swimming Alone, the Sea Side Strangler is on the loose in Beach Point, where fifteen-year-old Cathy Banks is spending the summer with her aunt (who happens to be mystery writer Roberta McCabe). Although thrilled to be away from her psychotic, divorcing parents, with no cell phone or internet access, Cathy is positive that her summer is going to be wretched. Just when she begins to make friends, and even finds a crush to drool over, her new friend Lauren vanishes. When a body surfaces in Beach Point Bay, Cathy is forced to face the question: has the Sea Side Strangler struck again?
I received a copy of this book from author Nina Mansfield in exchange for an honest review (I was excited to review this book when I read the synopsis – I love a good mystery/thriller, especially at this time of the year). Here are my thoughts:
On the Plus Side:
- 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.
What did you think of Swimming Alone?