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'Stop. We need to stop. That's it, everyone - we've done our best. I'm calling it. It's four seventeen.' I open my eyes. A raindrop hits my left eye, dead centre. I shut both eyes quickly. Careful now, I squint out. The rain keeps coming. Water bombs dropping out of a grey sky. There's stuff in my mouth. Mud. Gravel. I turn my head and spit. There's a face a metre from mine. Hair plastered on to his forehead in glistening snakes. Mouth, thin lips slightly apart, a trickle of water spilling out of the corner. Pale skin, streaked with mud. Eyes, closed, stunted eyelashes forming two stubby lines. It's my face.

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When Carl opens his eyes on the banks of a cold lake, his brother is being zipped into a body bag. And a shivering wet girl is being helped nearby.

What happened in the water?

He can't remember. All he knows is that he must find out – before the truth comes back to drown him ...

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Author notes

'Halfway through writing The Drowning, in the interests of research, I went for a dip in Schlachtensee, a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It was overcast, there were no other swimmers except for some politely interested ducks and moorhens. It felt satisfyingly wild. I swam for ten minutes or so ... but I didn't put my head underwater. Sometimes it's best not to know what lies beneath the surface.'

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