Those We Drown


A ‘fancy enrichment trip’ aboard a luxury cruise liner? Liv’s won a scholarship SeaMester aboard the Eos, calling in at ports of a lifetime, all part of culture. Liv can hardly believe her luck.

However, it seems that even her best friend, Will, is not a scholarship passenger- really. She’s the only member of the group who’s not accustomed to luxury and bored by privilege. Then again, since a drunken night ended in truths and embarrassment for both Will and Liv, they’ve not really reconnected. When Will seeks Liv out on their first night, he’s furiously drunk. It seems their group leader is keen to fill their glasses, encourage wild behaviour, despite the group being underage. Therefore, Liv shakes off Will’s loud calls to talk, which results in him protesting furiously before disappearing with one of the glamorous Sirens. This trio have been hired by the shipping line to publicise the journey. They are impossibly mesmerising and confident, almost sinuous. However, Liv sees something more in them.

What’s more, when Will cannot be found after that night, she’s certain of foul play. During the night she’s awakened by an apparition of Will, chained, seaweed clad, dripping and terrified. Surely it’s a nightmare. Isn’t it? Then again, what about the moment that Liv’s convinced she witnesses another of the group being pushed overboard? What is happening? Furthermore, why can nobody else feel the danger, sense the unease, hear the chanting? What is this SeaMester cruise- really?

Amy Goldsmith interweaves a YA thriller with Greek mythology so cleverly.  Bookwagon recommends Those We Drown to our older YA readers.

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Those We Drown

Amy Goldsmith

(Ink Road)

Liv’s overjoyed to win a SeaMester scholarship place aboard Eos, a luxury cruise ship. What’s more, she’ll be with her best friend, Will. However, things between them are awkward since a drunken night where they lost control. It seems this might be a time to catch up and regroup.
However, once aboard it seems Liv’s apprehensions about the other group members’ wealth are justified. They seem quick to judge her, and luxuriate in their bored privilege. What’s more, the group’s leader, Justin, seems quite liberal about their behaviour- even down to alcohol consumption. Therefore when they all congregate on the first night, they are encouraged to let their hair down, mingle and gripe and even share bitter, judgmental truths. However, it all falls apart for Will and Liv. In fact, the last time she see him he’s entwined and oblivious with one of the Sirens. This glorious social media influencer trio have been hired by the cruise liners’ owners. However, there’s something about the three beyond their captivating glamour, that’s disturbing. Can anyone other than Liv see this?
That first night, alone in her cabin, Liv’s awakened by Will, yet almost as a strange apparition. He seems to be drenched in seaweed, chained, a desperate creature. Furthermore he’s begging for her help. Is it an alcohol fuelled dream? Then again, why can’t Liv find Will after this point? Why does every clue point to foul play? To something to do with some strange, deadly, Greek mythological plot, that seeks to destroy them?
Amy Goldsmith offers a complex, chilling, urgent story with Those We Drown. Like The Girl Who Broke the Sea, we’ve a story that is rich in character. Then again, that central character, Liv, in this case, is compelling, brave and astute. What is going on aboard the Eos, and who might she trust? Is there anyone?


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