I’ve never been in prison, but I imagine that upon getting out, I’d do anything to avoid the thing that got me thrown in there. The Drowning Bay opens with Allison leaving prison. Though she doesn’t intend to tempt fate, she’s inevitably drawn into a mystery of a missing woman and a dead body. Passionate and committed to her beliefs, she embarks on a torturous trail that leads to evidence of further assaults on the environment and people’s lives.
This story is well written and suspenseful. I came to care about the things Allison treasures—especially the young African boy trying to find his place in the world. And, frankly, I learned a lot about how those in power continue to pollute our precious planet.
Allison is a well-drawn character with a big heart and, sometimes, not a lot of sense. At the risk of returning to prison, she carries on. Considering her dark path, I might have done the same thing. If you enjoy stories of characters struggling to cope with forces they can’t control, then you’ll enjoy The Drowning Bay. In fighting for what’s right, the human spirit has never been stronger.
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On parole, Allison, now an ex-con trying to survive her freedom, comes to the aid of an adopted African refugee boy. He’s lost his activist mother to a mounting ecological crisis and to a corrupt town in the pocket of developers.
The hacking skills that got her into trouble help her discover the activist’s unpublished blog. In violation of her parole she cannot risk her freedom by telling the shocking truth to her parole officer, or the boy, or anyone—not after she sees the body in the fishkill.
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