Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water by Erin Bartels


When novelist Kendra Brennan moves into her grandfather's old cabin on Hidden Lake, she has a problem and a plan. The problem? An inflammatory letter from A Very Disappointed Reader. The plan? To confront Tyler, her childhood best friend's brother--and the man who inspired the antagonist in her first book. If she can prove that she told the truth about what happened during those long-ago summers, perhaps she can put the letter's claims to rest and meet the swiftly approaching deadline for her next book.

But what she discovers as she delves into the murky past is not what she expected. While facing Tyler isn't easy, facing the consequences of her failed friendship with his sister, Cami, may be the hardest thing she's ever had to do.

Plumb the depths of the human heart with this emotional exploration of how a friendship dies, how we can face the unforgivable, and how even those who have been hurt can learn to love with abandon.



About The Author

ERIN BARTELS is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things, The Words between Us, All That We Carried, and The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water (coming January 2022). Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest and her poetry has been published by The Lyric. She lives in the capital city of a state that is 40% water, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch-burning frat boys at Michigan State University. And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.

You can find her on Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor and Instagram @erinbartelswrites.


My Review

We follow Kendra as she begins her stay at her newly inherited cabin on a lake in Michigan. This young woman has recently gained fame for her first novel, and she is hurting from a letter she received from an unhappy fan.

As she goes about trying to find the letter writer, she talks in her mind to her estranged childhood friend Cami, who is also missing.

This book quickly became a page turner looking for answers, and finding out what Kendra and her neighbor's books are about. There are some surprises, some very dark happenings, and then there are answers of long unanswered questions.

The author also gifts us with a possible love interest, and I loved the character of "Andy"!

Come and journey for a summer of rememberance, and a road to forgiveness and peace.

I received this book through LibraryThing and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.


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