The panic was so extreme I thought I might drown from it. The man beside me was no better off. We were pushing toward a shore that looked maddeningly close, and yet we seemed to make no headway. A wave lifted me, dropped me. I lost buoyancy, my legs dangled. I shut my eyes, waiting for the feeling of my muscles being sheared, my torso being ripped, a shark ramming into me like a car barreling down Hudson Street, its mouth full of tearing death. There was no way to escape except to swim, more and more childlike, wanting to scream and vomit at the same time. I wanted only one thing: to not die.

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In a nutshell

When American artist Stella wright goes for an afternoon swim by her beachside home in Cape Town, she and a nearby surfer are tracked by a giant great white shark. Both deeply traumatized by the event, they fall into a passionate affair. But Stella is married to a wealthy American financier who is preparing for them to leave the country. As she grapples with her newfound fear of the water, she must choose between the man who can give her everything or the man who has reawakened her passion for art.

Book Club Notes

I loved that this book started off with the almost shark attack. Oftentimes a book’s synopsis will speak about a grand event that takes chapters to arrive, making you want to rush to get to the point. The book was well written, the story was engaging and suspenseful and all around was a good read. Although I wouldn’t put this on a best books list, it’s definitely the best local fiction I have read.

Read If

You’re looking for good local fiction and like romance/drama.


Storyline – 7/10
Writing – 8/10
Character Development – 7/10
Plot Twist – 6/10
Shareability – 7/10
7.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Where you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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