Friday, 3 February 2012

Open Water by Pol Robinson

After a bad car accident, thirty two year old Cass Flynn manages to get herself fit enough again to be selected for the double scull rowing team to compete in the Olympics in China. She knows time is running out for her and this will be her only chance to compete.

On her arrival in China, she is met by twenty eight year old rower, Laura Kelly. However Laura doesn’t seem to like Cass and makes her feel very awkward at the lack of a welcome. But as time goes on the two women begin to forge a friendship. Unknown to Cass, Laura is suffering the pain of her ex girlfriend’s sister’s suicide. For which her ex holds her responsible. When Laura’s ex shows up unexpectedly, things begin to go rapidly downhill. The tentative friendship between Cass and Laura is also threatened.

Meanwhile, both Laura and Cass have to continue training for their respective events. Even that doesn’t go smoothly when unexplained things begin to happen. Will Laura and Cass ever get to be friends, let alone more than friends? Which is what they were both aiming for.

A very good debut novel. Although I’m clueless where rowing is concerned, I really enjoyed the excitement of the racing events. The story moves along at a fast pace and I was unable to put the book down. I look forward to more from this author, hopefully very soon.

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