Sink or Swim

Rated 4.00/5 based on 9 reviews
Cassidy Novak has gained fame for starring on the reality show Sink or Swim. Not only does she lose and have to walk the plank, but after returning home, Cassidy discovers she is being stalked. As her former competitors get knocked off one-by-one, Cassidy refuses to play by the stalker's bizarre rules. When the stalker forces a showdown, Cassidy must walk the plank again - this time for her life. More
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About Stacy Juba

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. Get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit on her website.

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How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Soon, she will need to call SOS for real…. Based on the mystery novel by Stacy Juba.

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Andrea reviewed on Feb. 1, 2012

This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and I've enjoyed both of them. Cassidy has been away from home for 3 months participating in a reality show called Sink or Swim. She hopes to win the million dollar prize so she can open her own chain of fitness centers. She comes in second place by only 5 points so she returns home and goes back to work at her old job. The only problem is she now has a stalker who is sending her gifts and letters, breaking into her mom's home and also kidnaps her brother. Two other members of the cast also get murdered. Cassidy has to try to protect herself and her family while also trying to figure out who the stalker is.

This book was well written and very descriptive. Cassidy was a very likeable and well developed character. She is strong and independent even in her current situation but she still does show her emotions and allows herself to be helped eventually. There was mystery and a touch of romance too. I kept thinking I knew who the stalker was and I was totally surprised at who it turned out to be. For me this was a page turner and I was immersed into the story until the very end.

I received this ebook for free through LibraryThing member giveaways in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
Brandi Robertson reviewed on Dec. 29, 2011

This book took me a few chapters to get into it. Once I gave it a chance I really found myself liking it. There were several twist. Normally I have a book figured out half way through. Sink or Swim kept me guessing. I didn't think I would like the idea of book about a reality show but throw in some murder mystery and it made for a good read!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
J. Robert Ewbank reviewed on Dec. 28, 2011

This was an enjoyable book by Juba. She took an unusual experience that most of us would not have and made a fine story out of it. The characters were ones that you would be happy to meet again in another book by her. Liked the plot because it was a little unusual and catchy. Keep on writing Juba.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
magelet87 reviewed on Dec. 25, 2011
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Cassidy Novak was runner-up in a reality show called Sink or Swim. She had hoped for first place, but is suddenly thrown in to an all too real game of a sick "fan's" version of the show when her former cast-mates begin to be killed off. The question is: can she find the killer and stop him or her before it's too late and she looses the one she loves?
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
roadway2000 reviewed on Dec. 21, 2011

Interesting main character and of course disfunctional family. The good part is that they all love her and try to help. The story really has a lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing as to who the bad guy is.

At the end of the book you will be shocked at who it turns out to be.

Getting to the end is a interesting and enjoyable read.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Janiera Eldridge reviewed on Nov. 20, 2011

Goodreads Synopsis:
When reality TV turns to murder, it's sink, swim or die. Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained national fame for starring on Sink or Swim, nicknamed SOS, a hit reality game show set aboard a Tall Ship. She hopes the prize money will help to launch her dream of owning a chain of fitness centers.
Not only does she lose the competition and have to walk the plank in the finale, after the game show ends, the terror begins. Upon returning to her small Massachusetts hometown, Cassidy discovers she has attracted a stalker masterminding his own twisted game. She struggles to focus on her health club job and celebrity endorsement opportunities, but her stalker has other plans. As her former competitors get knocked off one-by-one, Cassidy refuses to play by his bizarre rules.
She's also being shadowed by hunky photographer Zach Gallagher, who has been assigned to capture her personal moments for a spread in the local newspaper. She wants to trust Zach, but fears he may not be the nice guy that he seems. With or without Zach's help, when the stalker forces a showdown by threatening her family, Cassidy must once again walk the plank - this time for her life

This book was given to me by the author and I could not have been any happier that she did! I would classify this book in the YA genre but it is sophisticated enough to be in adult contemporary genre, it is just that good! Although I would have liked for there to be more character development all of the characters personalities came through loud and clear.

I really liked the main character Cassidy Novak, she was a very strong with some flaws in her life plan ( don't we all have them?). Overall however, she is a very positive and likeable character. This book did throw me for a loop however, just when I thought I had figured out what was going on or who her stalker was the book threw me a twist. I love that!

Although the scenery description could have been a little better the book evolves at such a fast pace you don't really notice that until later. The story leaves you little time to be bored with it because as the character keeps moving so do you. The love story is very mature and natural. There is no insta-love or die-hard love the love quickly grows but it is sexy and complicated. We don't see that very often in books anymore so this was fresh relief.

Stacy Juba obviously did her research because you really feel like your getting a peak into the life of a reality show star when your the reading the experiences of Cassidy Novak. It was cool that Cassidy wasn't the annoying and hated person we all hate on reality television, we could see why people wanted her to win the prize.

The dialogue was natural and flowed back and forth nicely. The suspense was constantly building and you will be working hard throughout the entire book to figure out who did it. Don't do that to your self because you will never be able to figure it out but isn't that part of the fun? This book comes highly recommended by me, make sure you pop by and add this book to your to-read list and then buy it! You won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Jaleta Clegg reviewed on March 14, 2011

Sink or Swim is a fun murder mystery. Stacy has a light touch with the murder part of the story, focusing mostly on Cassidy's personal struggles and unexpected romance. Let me back up just a bit and give you an intro to the story.

Cassidy is a contestant on a reality show, Sink or Swim. She comes in second, losing out to a big jerk. She has to return home with nothing when she was hoping to win the million dollars and use it to open her own fitness gym. But instead, she goes back to work for the local gym as a trainer. Her celebrity status does seem to be opening a few doors, but not enough. Cassidy is frustrated and depressed. And then the jerk turns up murdered. Is someone stalking the contestants on the show? Cassidy gets some creepy fan mail that scares her into going to the police. Her life spirals out of control as the stalker closes in. Who is he, really? And how big of a threat?

How's that for a teaser? I enjoyed the book. I empathized with Cassidy's problems and found myself rooting for her. With a cast of well-drawn characters, Stacy leaves you guessing until the end. Who is the stalker? Cassidy begins to suspect everyone. I followed along, believing and questioning with Cassidy as she tried to build a normal life after her fling with fame on reality tv. If you're looking for a fast and fun read, pick up Sink or Swim. You won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)
Jaidis Shaw reviewed on March 5, 2011

You always hear how great reality TV is, turning ordinary people into celebrities practically overnight. I’m sure we have all watched one reality TV show or another. But what happens when those ‘stars’ return back to their normal lives? In Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba, Cassidy Novak fought her way to the finals on the reality TV show Sink or Swim. She is disappointed when she realizes that she has lost the show, including the million dollar prize money that would help pay off her debt and open a chain of fitness centers. Being the character that everyone loves, she bravely walks the plank and plunges into the cold water below, all while staying strong for the sake of appearances. Once back to her small hometown, she realizes that her days in the lime light are far from over. Not only does everyone recognize her, but Cassidy must also deal with a crazed stalker who will do anything to win her love, even if that means murder. When things can’t seem to get any more confusing for Cassidy, she must also struggle with feelings for the handsome photographer who is doing a story on her and a previous contestant on the show who happens to be engaged. Can Cassidy trust her instincts to save not only herself but those closest to her, or will she end up a loser in reality? Sink or Swim is a quick read and is one of those books that sucks you in and won’t let you stop reading until the very end. Will you guess right as to who the stalker really is? Read Sink or Swim to find out!
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
Kelsey Opsahl reviewed on March 3, 2011

Cassidy has come in second on the reality t.v. show Sink or Swim. Now she is stuck going back to her old job and her dreams of owning her own gym are out of her reach. Once back home, she has become somewhat like a celebrity and the local paper wants to have a reporter and a cute photographer, Zach, follow her around. Cassidy thinks it is a good idea until she starts receiving love notes from "Miles". She definitely does not want anyone to know about this and blow it out of proportion. After two of her former castmates are found dead, Cassidy reconsiders and goes to the police. Now she is looking around every corner wondering who this stalker is and what is he going to do next.

Love, love Cassidy! She is a very believable character. Juba has done a great job making this book seem like something that had actually happened. I never knew who the actually stalker was (which is a HUGE plus in my book). Cassidy also never made those irritating classic air-headed decisions that really annoy me. The book has a few twists and turns that keep it interesting and builds up to a great conclusion. I definitely recommend this book...:)
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)
Lainey Bancroft reviewed on March 2, 2011

What an enjoyable story! Outside of the cooking network, I'm not much of a reality TV fan. (I know *cringe* not a popular confession) BUT, I am very curious about reality TV and what draws the participants/watchers.

Stacy Juba's SINK OR SWIM gave me a wonderful, honest glimpse behind the curtain of reality TV--the participants and the viewers. The author obviously knows her subject, and her ability to weave a fictional tale around the potential risks and rewards of reality TV is a true talent. Characters are nicely fleshed out and have all the proper motivations to make them believable. I especially enjoyed that although the premise of SINK OR SWIM is a 'dramatic hot topic', the author didn't use the crutch of melodrama to get her point across. The tightly woven plot and character development kept me turning pages.

For anyone who enjoys real characters dealing with a bit of romance, and page-turning suspense, SINK OR SWIM is a must read!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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