They Have The Perfect Marriage Did One Of Them Kill To Get It Prep School Sweethearts Ian And Andi Copeland Are Envied By Everyone They Know They Have Successful Businesses, A Beautiful House In St Louis, And Their Eldest Daughter, Cassidy, Is Following In Their Footsteps By Attending Prestigious Glenlake Academy Then, A Submerged Car Is Dredged From The Bottom Of A Swimming Hole Near The Campus So Are The Remains Of A Former Writer In Residence Who Vanished Twenty Years Ago During Ian And Andi S Senior Year.When Cassidy S Journalism Class Begins Investigating The Death, Ian And Andi S High School Secrets Rise To The Surface Each Has A Troubled Link To The Man Whose Arrival And Sudden Disappearance Once Set The School On Edge And Each Had A Reason To Want Him Gone As Cassidy Unwittingly Edges Closer To The Truth, Unspoken Words, Locked Away For Decades, Will Force Ian And Andi To Question What They Really Know About Themselves, About The Past, And About A Marriage Built On A Murderous Lie. Drowning With Others was one of my September selections on Prime First Reads Each month is a hit or miss with me but this selection was definitely a hit A fast paced suspense based on lies told in years past and currently The characters were a little out of my league so I had a rough start trying to connect with them but, despite that, the story itself is as old as time lies, deceit, murder and cover up I like the writing style of the author and the book succeeded in being quite suspenseful until the end If you like suspense then I definitely recommend Drowning With Others. No one can keep secrets these days And so begins the exquisitely character driven novel, Drowning with Others I started reading this late last night, and just finished today I could hardly put it down While it does seem a little too drawn out, I found it to be a fun, quirky, beautifully rendered suspense Perhaps it was all the references to the mid to late 90s, when I was in college myself, but the book really resonated with me I enjoyed the characters, and the mystery was unexpectedly good I thought the book was heading one way, yet it went head first in another directionwhich I loved Told from three points of view, those of Andi the mother , Ian the father , and Cassidy their daughter , the time frame bounces from present day during Cassidy s senior year in high school to the 1996 97 school year, when Ian Andi were the senior it couple at Glenlake Academya prestigious, elite boarding school near Chicago It also includes journal entries from each, which were probably my favorite sections Truly, my only gripe with this story was the Investigative Journalism class trying to solve a 20 year old crime Not sure I really found it plausible, as they d be interfering with an on going investigation Nevertheless, I think this one is well worth readingparticularly if you enjoy slow burning mysteries with absolutely awesome red herrings I m very happy with this as one of my Kindle First selections 3.5 stars rounded up Ian and Andi Copeland were high school sweethearts at their boarding school Twenty years later, they are married and their daughter Cassidy is now a senior at that same school A car is found at the bottom of the local swimming hole with a body in it, and it turns out to be a missing teacher from Ian and Andi s senior year at school Cassidy s class is taking on a class project to investigate what happened The Copeland family is drawn into the mystery of what happened, and along the way secrets are revealed.Told from Andi, Ian and Cassidy s points of view Journal entries from Andi and Ian s time at school are used to fill in blanks from their pasts I enjoyed the way the journal entries were included to further explain the characters and their stories Andi and Ian broke up for a little while during their senior year, and it seems both of them have secrets from that time in their lives Cassidy is curious about the submerged car, but she becomes even curious when she learns things about her parents lives during that time Well drawn and likable characters.Family drama and a murder mystery The mystery was intriguing, especially since it s not really clear if their was foul play or if the car ended up in the water from an accident or suicide As the story continues, it seems any of those scenarios is possible The family drama includes Ian and Andi s teenage years and the events currently happening in everyone s lives.An entertaining read, but I would have enjoyed suspense A good read for fans of domestic suspense that enjoy relationship drama than suspense This was my First Reads pick for September 2019. EDIT 9 20 19So apparently, people see this review without the This review contains spoilers mark This makes absolutely no sense, as not only do I have it marked so, but I view it marked as such as well THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS DON T READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU DON WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS I really enjoyed this book.The plotline was amazing a former teacher who disappeared 20 years prior was discovered in his car at the bottom of a lake The school launches an investigation well, a senior class in the school does to try to figure who killed the man, and why The story is split into three perspectives Ian, a senior at the time the teacher Dallas Walker disappeared, and was in Dallas s billiards club Andi, Ian s girlfriend in high school, who later married Ian, but for no said reason, cut it off with Ian in the middle of Senior year, and then got back together with him just a few months later with no indication why.And finally, Cassidy, Ian and Andi s oldest daughter, who is in Senior year when the teacher is discovered, and helps investigate the mystery of the killer.Most of the story is in present tense Ian and Andi being married , but occasionally giving flashbacks to Ian and Andi s journals, which contained perspectives from both characters, showing what exactly happened, how it happened, and when it happened.It turns out that Andi cut it off with Ian to have a secret relationship with Dallas, and Ian ended up discovering this by accident and coincidence However, Dallas hits Andi once, and may have other relationships going on at the same time Not to mention he takes part in drug deals, hangs out with some seriously shady people, and is never very consistent with anything.Both Ian and Andi had the motive did one of the kill Dallas The truth was kind of lame, in my opinion Turns out that the headmaster of the school found out about Dallas s and Andi s secret relationship, and rather then firing him publicly and disgraceing the name of the school, he hires somebody to rough him up and scare him off However, one day a scare session goes wrong, and Dallas ends up dead This hit man Roy disposes of the body by driving Dallas into the lake in Dallas s car, and nobody is the wiser for 20 years Everyone just assumed that he took off.This book kept me on my toes until the very end Even though I was a little disappointed by the ending, it wasn t predictable in my opinion For me, nothing is worse then a predictable ending.I didn t like Cassidy very much She wasn t a great character, and while she was a great detective, she just didn t appeal to me.Definitely recommend this book.4.5 5 stars Please inform me of any spelling grammar issues Andi and Ian Copeland were high school sweethearts and the IT Couple of their expensive boarding school Twenty years later, the school is still part of their lives Their eldest daughter is studying there and their twins are due to start at the school next year, completing a multi generational association with the school for the Copeland family So far, so idyllic But then a shocking discovery a car submerged in a swimming hole with an actual skeleton inside threatens to rattle a lot of metaphorical skeletons in cupboards for both the Copelands and their old schoolmates and teachers.The body is suspected to be that of Dallas Walker, poet, pool player and the writer in residence back when Andi and Ian were at the school Their daughter Cassidy is studying with the current writer in residence , an investigative journalist who encourages the class to do their own sleuthing to try to work out whodunnit and why Cassidy s determination to get to the bottom of what happened is very unsettling for her parents, one of whom hated Walker and the other of whom was much too close to him Both would have had their reasons to want him gone, and they re at the head of quite a long line of people who might have meant him harm two decades earlier Suddenly the privileged life of the students past and present is put at risk by a 20 year old secret.The book starts well and the first third or so was very engaging Sadly, after that it all started to get a bit samey , plodding along with few great revelations or plot twists until it limps to a rather unsatisfying ending Do we as readers find ourselves thinking Did she do it , Was he mad enough to finish him off honestly, not enough and not really At the end of the book, we are told that the author Linda Keir is not a single person it s a couple one male, one female, a little like the much accomplished Nicci French combo Knowing that after reading, I m quite surprised as I d have at least hoped for a greater difference in the diary voices of the two lead characters I found myself repeatedly having to check whose diary we were supposed to be reading as there was so little difference in the style The other downside to co writers which really comes through in this book is a sense of repetition as if each has forgotten at times what the other already told us For me, this doesn t work in this book at all well.I d classify this as wannabe Jodi Picoult or Anita Shreve but not as good as either There s just not enough suspense or plot development to stop this feeling like a real drag of a read. I just couldn t get into this, read a few spoilers and decided the book wasn t worth my time I appreciate people who post spoiler reviews so I can avoid wasting my time when I m on the fence. Full ReadingThis book was boring There was no kick of excitement, no roller coaster ride to the next page I had to plow through a lot of detail just to find out a little bit of information I felt like I was reading a text book. I m torn about this book I enjoyed the story for the most part and found the plot very compelling, but I pretty much hated the ending It just wasn t a satisfying resolution and by satisfying, I mean it didn t seem like a good payoff for the plot view spoiler One of my big gripes with this book was the loan Ian took out from his father in law I really, really hate how a lot of books will use a husband in financial distress who lies to his wife about shady financial steps and or cheats financially behind his wife s back to drive the plot I mean, it would be fine if this was a plot point and then the wife freaked out on the husband or the husband suffered some other consequence, but I read this particular trope so many times, and so many fictional women, like Andi, just shrug this off When she finds out what Ian s done, her response is to be confused about why he didn t use their own money, then say oh , then tell him not to worry, she ll call her dad and make sure her dad doesn t cheat Ian Then , as if all that s not bad enough, her dad makes a sexist comment about why he gave Ian such harsh terms and Andi decides not to say anything about that either.Let s be clear, financial abuse is a thing that happens to many women and men too, undoubtedly, but yadda yadda disclaimer women are far often victims of abuse than men , and I hate seeing pop culture treat it so lightly What Ian did horrified me, and I was even horrified that Andi treated the whole thing as if he d said he bought a coffee after she asked him to cut down on the coffee budget or something Women should be incensed if men pull this kind of shit on them, especially when they re legally married and their husband s misdeeds can wreak havoc on their own credit rating, which can cause a cascade of bad problems Ian is supposed to be a good guy in this book, but he does a really reprehensible thing to his wife, and the book shrugs it off Not good hide spoiler Drowning in sorrow, my sorrowI didn t want to put this book down.simply because I wanted it over and done with ASAP As early as chapter 2 DNF came to mind If goes nowhere quickly, especially the first half that had me banging my head against my kindle in frustration You ve got to do a lot of reading to extract anything of value to the plot But you don t know that at the time so you read it alleven all the never ending poetry which has a sizeable partand then another review star in my mind slowly becomes dim It was a shame because the general plot is good This could have been a suspenseful page turner had the authors thought about readability It was too wordy with far too many pages of non plot related side bars. little story that could be so trueThis wasn t a bad book it it started to really lose me at about 300 pages in A little too much fluff made it a solid 3 stars.