The Secret To Not Drowning by Colette Snowden

untitledThe Secret To Not Drowning by Colette Snowden. Recommended by Sarah (Assistant Librarian, Radcliffe library).

How did the girl who once dreamed of being a Charlie’s Angel become such a cowed and submissive woman? Marion’s life appears perfectly fine but she is controlled and bullied by her husband, her only respite a once a week trip to the local swimming pool. A chance meeting with an old school-friend develops into a secret relationship. She could leave her abusive and unfaithful husband. But is it too late?

“As a woman I would like to believe that I would never allow anyone to treat me the way Marion, the main character, is treated by her husband. However the way this story is told makes you realise that there isn’t always a choice, especially when your own mother is almost as bad. Colette Snowden tells Marion’s story brilliantly. This book really made me think.” Sarah.



2 thoughts on “The Secret To Not Drowning by Colette Snowden

  1. I loved The Secret To Not Drowning too. Beautifully and sensitively written, it takes you right to the heart of a marriage where control has taken the place of love. Very thought-provoking.


  2. I read this book over a weekend and found I couldn’t put it down, although I wanted to on several occasions, so grim was the depiction of an abusive and controlling relationship. It actually made me shout out loud on a few occasions (don’t read it on public transport!). The fact it got me so involved is testament to the quality of the writing.


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