Review: Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

Girl UnderwaterGirl Underwater by Claire Kells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Random House Australia via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Girl Underwater is a realistic novel about surviving in the wild and what comes after, how to live with your fears and finally vanquish them – with lots of help along the way.
I’ve never read a novel centred on a plane crash before – but this one was a real, good one. I remember seeing it on Netgalley and thinking, “Oooh! Please allow my request!” It a real toucher. From the moment the plane crashes, my chest was a well of emotions that wouldn’t ease. And the way Claire Kells writes the story – you’d think she did it before but she hasn’t and it wasn’t until I reached the end that I found out it was a debut. I would tell you my favourite parts, but there are just too many. And the characters? Well, you’ll fall in love with all of them. (Well maybe excluding some, but you know why I mean.) The novel is written using flashbacks from Avery’s life before the crash, during and after the crash as well as the present time, which is after the crash. I remember being totally confused at first, but this just added to the tension that should have lasted until Avery and Collin were saved but instead spanned the whole book. The ending? Well, that’s something you will have to find out for yourself but let me tell you it was EPIC! Girl Underwater isn’t just about some college student who loves to swim, it’s about how her whole life turned to shambles but in the end it all came together with help from some pretty amazing people when she just let go. Congratulations Claire Kells on a masterfully written and published novel. Bravo!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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