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Five of us went out on the water that night.
None of us came back whole, and not all of us came back.
Best friends Matt and John are spending the summer working: Matt to save money for college, John to kill time before trade school. On the beach, the beautiful Driana stops Matt in his tracks. Dri, Stef and JoJo invite the boys to a party at Dri’s Hamptons mansion, and Matt drags John along.
When Stef decides it’s a beautiful night to go windsurfing, the others race out on the water to make sure she’s safe. But with no land in sight and a broken boat engine, it’s not just Stef they have to worry about. And as the hours turn into days, the prospect of rescue seems further and further away…
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‘Burning Blue masters the difficult sub-genre of the psychological thriller.’
‘His lonely, vulnerable characters, including the parents are totally convincing and the mystery and excitement of the hacking kept me turning the pages.’
‘Griffin gracefully answers and solves mysteries, leaving us with hope and a smile without making things falsely shiny and bright.’
‘This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin’s examination of class.’
‘A terrifying survival story in which past traumas are as visceral and intense as present circumstances.’
‘Highly recommended as a good dramatic narrative for both genders…This is daunting drama and powerful writing.’
‘Really, really gripping.’
‘The storyline has a dangerous undercurrent of unpredictability and I loved every moment…superbly written…the thriller aspect is pure perfection.’
‘[Adrift] really delves into how the mind would handle an indefinite time at sea with no food. That is interesting. And terrifying…A psychologically intriguing survival story.’
‘Getting into the minds of people who are so desperate to survive was very interesting, and often chilling at times…I recommend Adrift to people looking for something quick and thrilling to read.’
‘Griffin pulls no punches…An exciting read.’
‘Fast-paced…completely believable. And to be honest, you really are hanging on to the last moments to find out how it ends. I imagine this will appeal to young readers of both genders.’