The Art of Drowning

The Art of Drowning Rachel Doe Is A Shy Accountant At A Low Ebb In Life When She Meets Charismatic Ivy Schneider, Nee Wiseman, At Her Evening Class And Her Life Changes For The Better Ivy Is Her Polar Oppositte Strong, Six Years Her Senior And The Romantic Survivor Of Drug Addiction, Homelessness And The Death Of Her Child Ivy Does Menial Shift Work, Beholden To No One, And She Inspires Life As Do Her Farming Parents, With Their Ramshackle House And Its Swan Filled Lake, The Lake Where Ivy S Daughter Drowned As Rachel Grows Closer To Them All She Learns How Ivy Came To Be Married To Carl, The Son Of A WWII Prisoner, As Well As The True Nature Of That Marriage To A Bullying And Ambitious Lawyer Who Has Become A Judge And Who Denies Her Access To Her Surviving Child Rachel Wants Justice For Ivy, But Ivy Has Another Agenda And Rachel S Naive Sense Of Fair Play Is No Match For The Manipulative Qualities In The Wisemen Women


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  • Hardcover
  • 372 pages
  • The Art of Drowning
  • Frances Fyfield
  • 12 March 2019
  • 9780316727624

10 thoughts on “The Art of Drowning

  1. says:

    Rachel Doe needs to sort out her life She s had such a sheltered, cautious existence an accountant, only daughter of very timid parents, the only really daring thing she has done in her life was to dob in her lover a liar and thief All she got for her efforts was suspicion and a greater sense of loneliness and isolation than she had ever had before.When Rachel meets Ivy she s totally captivated and they soon become involved in a very intense, platonic friendship which surprises everyone Ivy is so different from Rachel, she was a real wild child charismatic a life drawing model ex junkie cleaner and ex wife of Carl now a Judge The relationship is even intense for Rachel as she finds, in Ivy s mother Grace, the sort of mother figure that her own never was, encompassing, loving, fun and ever so slightly happy crazy, Rachel is ultimately as attracted to Ivy s family as she is to Ivy.Ivy s divorce from Carl came after the drowning of their daughter in a lake not far from Ivy s family farm Since the divorce she has had no contact with her son Rachel finds herself trying to bring about a reconciliation, at least between Ivy s parents and their grandson Whilst she is repulsed by Carl and the stories of his violence and cruelty towards Ivy, she also finds herself strangely attracted to him Can this charming, considerate man really be the monster that tore Ivy s son from her arms and caused the death of his own daughter As the friendship between Rachel and Ivy escalates and Rachel s attempts to firstly contact the Judge and then get him to agree to meet with Ivy s parents, there is a slow building of tension Events occur around them that appear to have no relationship to what is happening between the main players in the story, but at the same time, the reader is made and aware that there s something very odd going on The story unfolds rapidly and whilst you can guess that there s something really sinister going on, the question is what exactly is that something.There s a great sense of escalating tension and conflict in this book Rachel is an interesting character as she moves from infatuation with Ivy, through doubt, to justification and denial, and finally strength and inner steel Ivy is very edgy, intense and obviously complex The surrounding characters are flawed, human and retain your interest There is a bit of subtext around the story the difficulties of farming life, Carl and his life with a teenage son, a sympathetic and overworked policeman and his own family.Having read quite a few Frances Fyfield books in the past, THE ART OF DROWNING is definitely a major standout, it was compelling, retained interest and was nicely paced with a very realistic and satisfactory ending.

  2. says:

    I love Fyfield at her best but this book really disappointed me altho one of the characters seemed almost as likeable as Diana in Gold Digger The writing felt off many clich s a couple of minor howlers after 2 3 we already know who did the killings and the story turns into a damsel in distress thriller complete with immersion in porcine body wastes The first murder not a spoiler it s narrated in the prologue is one of those fascinating cases in which the victim is lured into an apparently accidental death with no evident crime being committed a device I fantasise about but the other killings are obvious and the occupation and identity of the villain easily discerned by a detective who one wouldn t expect could catch the flu in a nursing home.

  3. says:

    Amazing Deft characterization and an effortless flow conspire to make this an entrancing mystery This book clinches itI ll be reading all of Fyfield s books

  4. says:

    Another fabulous Fyfield book don t know how I missed it when it was published Intense thriller with a satisfying ending.

  5. says:

    A Great MysteryThe characters a complex and interesting This story keeps the reader guessing until the end It s hard to put down

  6. says:

    There were parts of this book I really loved but the ending seemed to lack the same involvement with the characters and the personalities that she had develooed so well.

  7. says:

    This was a really slow book for me Hard to get into Not crazy about any of the characters.

  8. says:

    The Art of Drowning weaves a story about serious, shy accountant Rachel whose life is changed when she meets beautiful, unpredictable Ivy Their bond is further strengthened when Ivy s parents treat Rachel like their own daughter Therefore, she looks forward to spending time at their countryside house and farm but she doesn t realize that her idyllic days are numbered..I found it incredibly difficult to be engrossed in this book mainly because it was terribly slow paced Barely anything exciting happened until the last one third of the story Besides that, the writing style didn t appeal to me as it was quite messy featuring constant shifts in perspective all in third person narrative There wasn t a nice, smooth flow and combined with the lack of straight up explanation about what was fully going on, the story was a little confusing and hard to get into at first The only thing that kept me reading was the sense of impending doom Plus, I was intrigued by the anonymous e mails sent to Ivy s ex husband, Carl.Gradually though, it became evident that some characters were not as nice or innocent as they seemed Rachel was a frustrating main character because time and time again, she ignored the obvious signs of danger even when several people mentioned things which pinpointed who she really shouldn t trust In a way, it s realistic as it s not easy to accept that someone you care about and think so highly of could possibly be so cruel and heartless However, Rachel s failure to at least take some precautionary measures to protect herself was simply stupid.The other characters weren t quite fleshed out Ivy was supposed to be charming and magnetic but she was never convincing in that sense as the author didn t adhere to show, don t tell It didn t help that she wasn t a regular presence in the story She just came across as flighty and untrustworthy On the other hand, her parents Grace and Ernest were much believable as a couple devoted to their farm and eager to meet their estranged grandson Carl was likeable but considering his age and occupation judge which would have exposed him to the ugly side of human nature, his naivety was ridiculous.The highlight of the story was of course that particular scene which takes place in the last few chapters It was aptly disturbing and memorable Overall, The Art of Drowning is one of those books which requires lots of patience due to its slow pace and ambiguity but if you re willing to persist reading, then you might just end up enjoying it.

  9. says:

    Written for Say What Savannah Mae The Art of Drowning is a gripping thriller by Frances Fyfield that takes place in London, England When Rachel Doe meets Ivy Wiseman her world will never be the same The two strike up a mutually enchanted friendship and become inseparable in spite of the fact that they are complete opposites Rachel is a socially awkward and sheltered accountant that lives by the rules Ivy is a free spirit she s full of life, does what she wants and is beholden to no one, supporting herself by maintaining odd jobs ranging from life modeling for an art academy to cleaning offices on the night shift The two become roommates and Rachel is soon adopted by Ivy s entire family.Rachel learns that there is to Ivy s world than meets the eye Ivy has an ex husband, Carl, and a son named Sam that she hasn t seen in years, since the drowning death of her daughter Ivy has no idea where Carl and Sam are living and when she shares the stories of Carl s cruelty towards her and her family, Rachel is determined to find them to reunite mother and son.All the while, mysterious events are occurring in and around London with seemingly no relationship to the main story but leads you to believe that something is connected and just not right The tension builds dramatically as the stories come together for a climatic page turning ending.I loved the characters in this book They are very well developed, complex and real I had a love hate relationship with each of the characters Ivy could be enraging one minute and the kindest, most loving person you d ever met the next minute The intensity of the story and the characters definitely keeps you turning the pages The Art of Drowning is brilliantly written and the in depth story keeps you guessing until the very end.

  10. says:

    This book was long and hard to read in the beginning Had the beginning not been so drawn out I would have rated this book much better in my opinion Once I got about half way through though I was hooked The mystery part was good but it was lacking good suspense until the end After the halfway point I was enjoying the characters and the story itself At that point I was desperate to know what would happen The ending was ok I would have preferred a definite ending after all that happened I liked that she left the son out of the tragedy I was not expecting that type of show down in the end, so I really liked that An interesting read by Fyfield.

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