"A harrowing tale of abuse and addiction, told in a beautiful way that will touch your heart. This book was very emotional, very driven..." Kelly Smith Reviews

"Rawding has an incredibly knack for knowing what the reader wants to happen next and doesn't leave them hanging for long. I hope that he writes another story like this -- and I hope he writes it soon because I loved this book." 
Brian's Book Blog

"This novel took off quick and it drew me in quickly...I had a really hard time putting this one down though." Crandom Blog

"I was not expecting the level of emotional intensity that this novel achieves. Taking on Water is a horrific theater of human nature. And it begins with James." The Coffee Pot Review

"In a nutshell, this story is quite mind-blowing, poignant, painful and even thought-provoking. Verdict: This is one of the quite promising psychological thrillers in the world of fiction." Book Stop Corner

"Visceral and brutally honest, "Taking on Water" by the talented David Rawding is riveting. Rawding's unflinching portrayal of a man with personal and physical demons is engaging from the very first page." Reading Other People


"Wow, this was such a thrilling page turner!" My So-Called Book Reviews


Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, "The Climber's Crux," 2014 - Pushcart Prize Nominated Story

Fifty Word Stories.com, "Cracks in the Skin," 2013

Black Heart Magazine, "At the Edge of a Riot," 2013

101 Words, "Those Damn Voices," 2013

The Write Room Literary Magazine, "You All Right, Son?" 2013

Extract(s) Daily Dose of Lit Print Anthology, "This is Power," 2013

Steel Toe Review Print Anthology, "How to Rebuild," 2013

Barnstorm Literary Journal, "What Do You Want?" 2013

Forty Ounce Bachelors, "Don't Touch My Girl," 2012

Black Lantern Publishing Magazine Print Anthology, "My Collection," 2012

Books and Published Work

David Rawding​ Author