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Author: Claire Kells Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780698189676
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An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer’s harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her—only one of whom knows what really happened in the wilderness. Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really. That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined. In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Your first must-read beach book of the summer.”

  • “One part survival story and one part love story, the riveting drama is sure to keep readers up into the night devouring each and every twist and harrowing scene. The love story unfolds more slowly, but in a realistic manner and can be summed up in one word: beautiful. This is a beautiful love story featuring a scarred heroine desperately trying to figure out her “after” life. Without a doubt, Kells has penned an impressive debut that will linger with readers.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Kells’ visceral story is quite memorable and eminently readable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Skillfully interspersing flashbacks with current events, debut novelist Kells has written an absorbing tale that will grip anyone who enjoys survival stories or psychological dramas. It is also a great choice for readers looking for new adult fiction with a bit more adventure.”

    Library Journal

  • “As a former competitive swimmer and the recipient of a medical degree, first novelist Kells amply demonstrates her technical knowledge, lending realism to the story…The story ably demonstrates that survival is not just physical but also mental and emotional.”


  • “With its subzero temperatures that will make you reach for a blanket and a wounded but never-weakened heroine, Kells’ assured debut is a winner.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The author’s experience as a competitive swimmer lends authenticity to this heartrending story, and narrator Julia Whelan delivers it with similar authority…Whelan moves smoothly between the days on the mountain, focused on staying alive while awaiting rescue, and the weeks afterwards, focused on recovering from trauma…Whelan’s delivery makes the story all the more powerful as the characters encounter the lingering repercussions of their miraculous survival.”


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About the Author

Claire Kells was born and raised outside Philadelphia. She received a degree in English from Princeton University and a medical degree from the University of California. Currently in residency, she lives and works in the Bay Area. Girl Underwater is her first novel. 

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.