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LEARNING TO SWIM
A Novel by Sara J. Henry
Praise for Sara J. Henry and LEARNING TO SWIM:
[An] “impressive first novel.” —Publishers Weekly
“Henry proves herself to be a smooth and compelling storyteller. And her lead is highly appealing: an athletic, fiercely independent young woman who, like crime-fiction author Gillian Flynn’s feisty females, is capable of making delightfully acerbic observations.”
“A mesmerizing confluence of mystery, intrigue, and suspense, with undercurrents of deep personal drama . . . Learning to Swim will hook you from the first page.”
—Jamie Ford, bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
“Emotional, intense, and engrossing . . . Readers will be cheering for Troy Chance as she deftly navigates the treacherous waters of betrayal and loss, and they’ll be looking forward to seeing her again when the book is closed.”
—Lisa Unger, bestselling author of Fragile
Imagine you’re taking a leisurely ferry ride one afternoon when you think you see a child falling overboard. What would you do? How would you react? Would you call out for help or jump in to attempt the rescue yourself? In her stunning debut novel, Sara J. Henry explores the consequences of one selfless act and its unforeseen aftermath in LEARNING TO SWIM (Crown Publishers, on sale February 22).On a routine trip across Lake Champlain one overcast morning, freelance writer Troy Chance’s life is turned upside down when she witnesses a small boy tumbling from the back deck of a ferry, and she instinctively dives in to rescue him. Relieved after getting the boy safely to shore, Troy is horrified when she notices something that makes her realize this was no accident. After questioning the boy, she finds out his name is Paul
And that while he understands some English, he speaks only French. Convinced that if she turns him over to the police Paul may end up in the very hands of those who wanted to harm him, Troy decides to bring him home with her.
Despite her increasing attachment to the boy and her determination to protect him, Troy locates his father—a wealthy entrepreneur in Canada—and unintentionally sets off a chain of events that pulls her deeper into a story of kidnapping and murder. How much does Paul’s father really know about his abduction? Are the people who abducted Paul likely to come after him again? Driven to pick up where the investigators leave off, Troy summons her courage and taps into her reporting skills to uncover the truth behind the boy’s abduction. She soon finds herself at the heart of a deadly mystery.
The first in a series, LEARNING TO SWIM combines an ever-twisting plot that builds to a shocking climax with a group of characters you won’t soon forget. By turns disturbing, moving, and always compelling, LEARNING TO SWIM signals an auspicious debut.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Like her protagonist, Sara J. Henry grew up in Tennessee, moved to the Adirondacks to work as a newspaper sports editor, and lived in a big house on Lake Placid’s Main Street with a lot of roommates. Sara graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and now calls Vermont home. Learning to Swim is her first novel.
LEARNING TO SWIM
by Sara J. Henry
Crown Publishers • February 22, 2011
Also available as an ebook