“Ruth remembered drowning.”
– Line one, page one of Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
I’ve had a copy of Drowning Ruth on my bookshelf for many years.
I have always heard how incredible it is, so I started reading with expectations very high, which is never a good idea.
I’ve read reviews saying the book was a total page turner (“Riveting…very suspenseful.” – USA Today), but I didn’t think it was all that suspenseful. I didn’t really like any of the characters, including Ruth. The story itself was interesting enough, but I couldn’t get into it because of the changes in perspective and time period. Not that it was so complex that I couldn’t keep up, just that after a while of going back and forth while always feeling like I was going nowhere, I got bored.
So in the end, the book I thought I would read in one sitting took me over a week to read. I hate it when that happens.
Drowning Ruth Playlist: “Take me to the river” Al Green, “Don’t go near the water” The Beach Boys, “Going Under” Evanescence