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On the day Cassie was born, they drowned her town. The mayor flipped a lever and everyone cheered as Old Lower Grange was submerged beneath five thousand swimming pools’ worth of water. Now, twelve years later, Cassie feels drawn to the manmade lake and the mysteries it hides — and she’s not the only one. Her classmate Liam, who wears oversized swim trunks to cover the scars on his legs, joins Cassie in her daily swims across the off-limits side of the lake. As the summer heats up, the water drops lower and lower, offering them glimpses of the ghostly town and uncovering secrets one prominent town figure seems anxious to keep submerged. But like a swimmer who ventures too far from shore, Cassie realizes she can’t turn back. Can she bring their suspicions to light before it’s too late — and does she dare?

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This was one of those "just okay" reads. It was a quick enough read and fairly entertaining, but I wasn't terribly invested.

The mystery was kind of interesting, but I figured it out for the most part from the beginning. The hints seemed a little obvious to me, but I'm not exactly the target audience either.

I felt a bit for Cass when she talked about being the odd one out in the family, because it did seem that way at times. At the same time, I didn't quite understand how this feeling made her so obsessed with the drowned city. I definitely understand thinking it's interesting, but she seemed bitter and angry that the town was drowned, though it seems pretty reasonable to me.

The Nutshell: I don't really have too much to say about this one. I probably would have enjoyed it well enough when I was around Cass's age, but I've always been into fantastical stories more. Had the book been much longer, I probably would have been bored, but it was a quick enough read.

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