The Floating Girls by Lo Patrick

The Floating Girls
.ePUB, 274 pages
Expected Publication: 12 Jul 2022
By: Sourcebooks Landmark

About The Book:
One hot, sticky summer in Bledsoe, Georgia, twelve-year-old Kay Whitaker stumbles across a stilt house in a neighboring marsh and upon Andy Webber, a boy about her age. He and his father have recently moved back to Georgia from California, and rumors of the suspicious drowning death of Andy's mother years earlier have chased them there and back. Kay is fascinated and enamored with Andy, and she doesn't listen when her father tells her to stay away from the Webbers. But when Kay's sister goes missing, the mystery of Mrs. Webber's death—and Kay's parents' potential role in it—comes to light. Kay and her brothers must navigate the layers of secrets that emerge in the course of the investigation as their family, and the world as they knew it, unravels around them.

My Review:
My mother would surely ask about the dress. 
She kept a close watch on everything she made, except me perhaps.
This book was everything I look for in a story. We have a location in the south, there a few mysteries to be solved and we have a very strong young lady, from a hard done family, coming of age. It couldn't have been more perfect. It is told in the first person perspective of twelve year old Kay and I adored her, she was funny, had a strength beyond her years and didn't suffer fools. This is a skillfully crafted story that encompasses several themes, including love, friendship, loyalty and the secrets that we keep. Each of the well-drawn characters are broken in differing ways, and their lives have been complicated and damaged by events often outside of their control. At times, this is a dark tale, but Lo Patrick does weave some humour throughout the proceedings - so it's not all doom and gloom, there are still some laughs to be had.

My disappointment was like really bad breath; 
you didn’t have to be very close to me to smell it.
What I particular liked about this twisting, turning story was that it wasn't easy to foresee where the lives of the main protagonists were heading. Along the way there are some surprising reveals and there are certainly no dull moments. This is a clever, unpredictable tale that includes complex characters that leap off the page, they were fictional entities that will stay with me for a long time. What a fabulous debut, all the stars!

With many thanks to NetGalley, Lo Patrick and Sourcebooks Landmark for the giving of the ARC.

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