ARC Review: Dive Smack

Dive Smack

 

**I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are my own.**

 

This thriller had me on the edge of my seat just flipping pages as fast as I could. Masterfully written and so well executed. This is one book you want on your TBR if it isn’t already.

Short recap: Theo Mackey knows two things – he started the fire that killed his mother and has to live with that every day of his life and that he is a dang good diver. Everyone that knows Theo knows what happened but they do not hold it against him, nor do they bring it up. But once Theo started a family tree project for school, he slowly starts to discover secrets within his family that were never meant to see the light of day.

This story completely threw me for a loop in the best possible way. I don’t know jack or squat about diving but was able to follow this story with no problem. The header of each chapter gave the definition something to do with diving and also tied into each chapter. Talk about brilliant! When I was done with this book, I had to remind myself this was the author’s debut novel. I would never have known because she writes like she has been doing this for a very long time.

The characters within this novel are so deeply developed and wonderfully complex. Nobody and nothing is quite who they seem so I had to always question everyone and everything. Theo was going through a bloody nightmare, dealing with his alcoholic grandfather (who is also his legal guardian), his Not His G-D Uncle Phil, someone leaving cryptic notes on his truck, someone from a rival school trying to psyche him out before the big competition, and a potential love interest. On top of that, he may or may not be seeing things… visions and flashbacks.That’s a lot for a teenage boy (or any grown adult). At first I did not like his grandfather but he quickly grew on me. That salty old man was like a Transformer – more than meets the eye. The rest of the characters, including the love interest, Iris, really helped to round out the cast. There are several minor characters that I won’t get into great detail about because I want you to read the book.

I will not be able to say enough good things about this story. It really was a fast paced, thrilling adventure with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Even once I got to the end, I wanted more. If you are on the fence about this one, I’m here to push you to the side that tells you to read it. You won’t regret it!

 

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