Book Review: Swimming Alone by Nina Mansfield

The Sea Side Strangler is on the loose in Beach Point, where fifteen-year-old Cathy Banks is spending the summer with her aunt (who happens to be mystery writer Roberta McCabe). Although thrilled to be away from her psychotic, divorcing parents, with no cell phone or internet access, Cathy is positive that her summer is going to be wretched. Just when she begins to make friends, and even finds a crush to drool over, her new friend Lauren vanishes. When a body surfaces in Beach Point Bay, Cathy is forced to face the question: has the Sea Side Strangler struck again? 


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Poor Cathy is planning on having a rough summer even though she’s staying in a beach town with her aunt. Her parents are going through a divorce, she has no cell phone, and her aunt has no internet access or even a TV! It was hard for me to believe that Cathy’s parents would send her there without a phone when they were surely feeling guilty. Fortunately, Cathy finds a part-time job and makes some quick friends. But one of her friends soon disappears, and Cathy is forced to face the real possibility that a serial killer has snatched her.

Cathy is brave! There’s a serial killer on the loose who kills girls who look like her, but she still goes out on her own to find her friend Lauren.

Swimming Alone is a mystery with a tad of suspense that young adults who like mysteries will enjoy. It even has a surprise ending.

About the Author

Nina Mansfield is a Greenwich, Connecticut based author, playwright, blogger, teacher and mother. Her debut young adult mystery novel, SWIMMING ALONE, was published by Fire & Ice YA in 2015.

Nina has written numerous plays, which have been produced throughout United States and internationally. Her plays are published by Smith & Kraus, One Act Play Depot, Original Works Publishing and YouthPLAYS. Her short mystery fiction has appeared in ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE and MYSTERICAL-E.

Nina is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and NYU.

In addition to writing, Nina enjoys reading, seeing theater, practicing yoga, traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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