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My Review of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes


“An urban fairy tale.Arthur Braxton runs away from school. He hides out in an abandoned building, an old Edwardian bathhouse. He discovers a naked woman swimming in the pool. From this point on, nothing will ever be the same. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is an unflinching account of the pain and trauma of adolescence and of how first love can transform the most unhappy of lives into something miraculous.”

I have read all of Caroline’s previous books so I thought I knew what to expect when I started reading Arthur. I was wrong, oh so wrong! This was so much more than I could have ever imagined!

You are transported to a magical world that is, at times dark and despairing, at others so full of hope and happiness.

Laurel is an amazing character, I actually loved her. Arthur and Delphina are so touching and genuine. I couldn’t wait to finish this book but at the same time, didn’t want it to end.

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is by far the most breathtaking, heartbreaking book I have ever read. Caroline gets better and better!  11/10

If I had a book Hall of Fame, Arthur would be in it!


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