`The hidden child' was such a huge success by the author Camilla Lackberg, that much anticipation and expectation proceeded it with standards raised high, so that `the drowning' was met by many adoring fans and harsh critics. After seeing Camilla Lackberg on the UK television show `the TV book club' on channel 4, I already felt as a consequence of this very familiar with the author before I began to read her work and open the pages of the eagerly awaited new crime novel. But it did not prepare me for the overwhelming shock that I received and experienced, with a most outstanding book. Reading `the drowning' was like learning a new meaning for crime-writing that was taken to a whole new level, with a slick storyline, heart-pounding tense drama and truly inspired characters. The prologue containing a description of a man's death instantly captures your attention, with the story then taking off at full speed; leading you on a journey into the unknown that is full of mystery and unanswered questions. It contains flashbacks that help to structure the complex storyline, so that each current event ties in with a past event making chronological sense. The question of finding the killer makes it as readable as an Agatha Christie novel but one with an added modern twist, blood and most of all authenticity within our century. The cliffhanger ending left me gripping the edge of my seat with tension and much interest, which afterwards made me want to go back and re-read it again. The psychological twist and strong mystery elements made this book such a winner and one of the most exciting and gripping reads within this genre to date. I chose to read the paperback version rather than listen to the audio version narrated by Eamon Riley, as I felt that it would certainly be more realistic with the use of detailed description, settings and the author's use of language that ultimately brings it to life. This is a tale that certainly keeps you guessing as you become more emotionally entwined within the characters lives. The hidden secrets will leave you guessing right up to the very end, with your mind being taken on a rollercoaster of a ride that is truly chilling. Much was expected of the author as anticipation ran high with this new work; therefore it was fantastic when here you can be contented with the product of another masterpiece that exceeds all expectations. I predict great things for an author who has already proved herself to be a stead fast bestseller, with the most engaging storylines within the crime genre and who has totally surpassed herself once more in the form of `the drowning'.