Title: The First Rule of Swimming
Author: Courtney Angela Brkic
Publication Date: May 28, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Through a story of family, secrets, and sacrifices that spans decades and continents, Courtney Angela Brkic weaves a rich and emotional story with just enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. Though more different than they are alike, Magdalena and Jadranka are close as sisters, sharing things with each other they would never share with anyone else. The characters and family dynamics are presented so vividly that the reader can’t help but truly feel the bond these sisters share.

At times, I found it slightly confusing to follow the timeline, as the story bounces between characters, places, and decades, sometimes within the same chapter. Nonetheless, I found it difficult to put the book down and all of the flashbacks came together and made sense in the end. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a light mystery or a story of a family’s struggle to come to terms with their past, present, and future.

(eGalley provided by Little, Brown and Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)