The Narrow

The Narrow
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August 01, 2023
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Everyone has heard the story of the Narrow. The river that runs behind the Atwood School is only a few feet across and seemingly placid, but beneath the surface, the waters are deep and vicious. It’s said that no one who has fallen in has ever survived.

Eden White knows that isn’t true. Six years ago, she saw Delphine Fournier fall into the Narrow—and live.

Delphine now lives in careful isolation, sealed off from the world. Even a single drop of unpurified water could be deadly to her, and no one but Eden has any idea why. Eden has never told anyone what she saw or spoken to Delphine since, but now, unable to cover her tuition, she has to make a deal: her expenses will be paid in return for serving as a live-in companion to Delphine.

Eden finds herself drawn to the strange and mysterious girl, and the two of them begin to unravel each other’s secrets. Then Eden discovers what happened to the last girl who lived with Delphine: she was found half-drowned on dry land. Suddenly Eden is waking up to wet footprints tracking to the end of her bed, the sound of rain on the windows when the skies are clear, and a ghostly silhouette in her doorway. Something is haunting Delphine—and now it’s coming for Eden, too.

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What worked: YA meets The Haunting of Bly Manor. This paranormal romance is unique with its twist on an urban legend of The Drowning Girl. Right at the start I was hooked. Eden is the quiet one with a secret home life that she doesn't share with her friends at the exclusive Atwood School. Her character is multi-layered with loving being with her school friends, but complex as she's not totally honest with them.

The urban legend of The Drowning Girl is intriguing. The story is that if you fall into the Narrows, the river by the school, it will keep you forever. Rumor meets reality when Eden is offered an opportunity after her parents 'forget' to pay her tuition, to be the live-in companion to Delphine. Eden remembers Delphine as the girl who was lucky enough to fall into the Narrows but survive. Or did she?

The secrets come to fruition when Eden sees a ghostly figure in the water. This is where the twist comes into this story. I didn't see it coming! I love it when that happens!

Good pacing. Great dialogue. Engaging characters. Good GLBTQ+ representation. This ghost story is much more than that with a sweet bubbling romance.

Creepy, haunting paranormal story that also addresses the subject of abuse. Perfect read for those who love a good spooky tale.
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1. YA meets The Haunting of Bly Manor
2. Paranormal GLBTQ+ romance/mystery
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