Synopsis: Jenna is sweet sixteen, the age when a girl is supposed to find her prince.
Instead she finds Mr Anderson – intelligent, handsome, married Mr Anderson, who just happens to be her chemistry teacher. With a dark past and a difficult family, Jenna is just happy to have someone to protect her, to worry about her, to love her.
But should she be suspicious of Mr Anderson’s reputation for helping ‘damaged’ students? Why is the most popular girl in school suddenly jealous of her? And where is Mr Anderson’s wife?
This is a love story that breaks all the rules, but that won’t stop it breaking your heart.
200words (or less) review: I read this book immediately after The Truth About You And Me, another story that deals with the same subject. Drowning Instinct is much darker and complex in my opinion. Jenna’s home life is awful and it’s so easy to see why she falls for Mr Anderson. He is the first adult to listen and try and help her.
The relationship between Jenna and her teacher takes the reader through an emotional rollercoaster. There are moments that Mr Anderson is a hero (like the book party incident) and yet he manipulates Jenna as well.
Ilsa J. Bick has written a book that has no set opinion on this subject. As the reader you can tip the scales either way, in my case I didn’t think Jenna had a chance with everything that was happening to her.
The only thing I didn’t like that the format of Jenna recording her story. Even with the odd comment addressing Detective Pendleton it didn’t read like someone talking into a microphone.
Drowning Instinct is not an easy read but it’s all the better for it.