The swell

by Reynolds, Allie,

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"Fast-paced, nail-bitingly tense and packed full of twists and turns. I found it unputdownable - loved it!"--Sarah Pearse, author of The Sanatorium

Point Break meets And Then There Were None in a pulse-pounding beach read that explores the dangerous ties between a group of elite surfers who are determined to find the perfect waves at any cost...even murder.

The waves are to die for.

Three years ago, passionate surfer Kenna Ward lost her two great loves--after her boyfriend drowned, she hung up her surfboard and swore off the water for good. But she is drawn back to the beach when her best friend, Mikki, announces her sudden engagement to a man Kenna has never met--a member of a tight-knit group of surfers. Kenna travels to a remote Australian beach, entering a dangerous world far from civilization where the waves, weather, and tides are all that matter. Kenna is tempted back into the surf, and drawn into the dazzling group and the beach they call their own.

But this coastal paradise has a dark side, and members of the group begin to go missing. Kenna realizes that in order to protect Mikki and learn more about the surfers, she must become one of them...without becoming one of their victims. What follows is an adrenaline-fueled thriller packed with twists and turns, exploring the dangerous edge between passion and obsession.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Surf's up! Reynolds (Shiver, 2021) swaps snowboards for surfboards in her second novel. Kenna Ward takes a surprise trip to Australia to celebrate best-friend Mikki's sudden engagement. However, Mikki is not as excited about the wedding as Kenna had assumed. She agrees to go surfing with Mikki in hopes that it will provide more time to persuade Mikki to return home. At Sorrow Bay, Kenna is introduced to The Tribe, seven surfers who stake their claim on "the swell" and disapprove of outsiders. The rules are simple: tell nobody anything outside the group but share everything inside it. However, Kenna is suspicious that Mikki's friends are hiding secrets. They admit to surfing with a missing German backpacker. What do they know about her disappearance? Kenna begins to question her safety during dangerous initiations, and then some of the surfers mysteriously wind up dead. Whom can she trust? Is there a murderer among them? This fast-paced, suspenseful thriller with undertones of Survivor contrasts an idyllic landscape with its savage inhabitants. Reynolds explores themes of xenophobia, power, intimidation, and treacherous obsessions. In a place where "Fear is fuel, and panic is lethal," the twists and turns keep readers guessing until the end. Recommend this to fans of Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and Sarah Goodwin."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kenna, the principal narrator of this disappointing thriller from Reynolds (Shiver), has traveled from her native U.K. to Sydney, Australia, to surprise her estranged best friend, Mikki, who's about to get married. Though Mikki doesn't welcome Kenna's arrival, she invites Kenna to join her and her fiancé, Jack, on a pre-wedding surfing trip to a remote beach on Sorrow Bay. The two friends were passionate surfers until Kenna's boyfriend drowned while visiting a Cornish beach with her. The traumatized Kenna's ceasing to participate in the sport marked the start of their estrangement. Kenna's hopes to reconnect with Mikki are threatened, though, by her misgivings about Jack and the Tribe, the community the couple belong to at the bay, whose members resent that Kenna, an outsider, now knows their secret surfing spot. Kenna begins to fear that darker secrets, possibly connected to a number of missing people, are behind the antagonism, a suspicion strengthened when Tribe members turn up dead. The early disclosure of a key reveal undercuts the tension, and genuine surprises and plausible characters are in short supply. This misfire won't win Reynolds any new fans. Agent: Kate Burke, Blake Friedmann Literary (U.K.). (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Surfing -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :G.P. Putnam's Sons,2022
Language English
Description 356 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593187876
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