Sunday, March 21, 2021

Review: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

Be careful what you wish for.

When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.

In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives. 

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: April 13th 2021 (first published April 6th 2021)
by Simon & Schuster Canada
4/5 stars

This is only my 2nd book by Jennifer McMahon, she has set the tone for books not to read in the dark, in the middle of the night when insomnia hits.

That old adage 'be careful what you wish for' is the premise for The Drowning Kind.  The setting is a creepy old house with a pool that just sounds downright nasty that set the tone for this Gothic story that spans many generations. 

As Jax deals with the loss of her sister she begins a journey to piece together her last days that takes her further back in time.  There were many a scene that had me reading with one eye shut. You know how in movies you get to that scene that is filled with tension that you don't want to know what's gonna happen but you do?  You brace yourself for what will emerge from those unexpected places?  Suffice to say this book kept me on my toes. It wasn't always the current day story line that had me feeling this way.  The past was equally mysterious and atmospheric.

The ending was not what I expected but totally worked. The Drowning Kind is a chilling Gothic story with that supernatural vibe, full of twists and secrets. While the main players were a dysfunctional bunch the supporting cast added that extra ump to this story. There is more that I could say about the plot but I won't, the blurb gives just enough away that enticed this reader and let me discover for myself what was going one - thanks publisher for a spoiler free blurb.

This book releases April 6th and available for preorder now.  My thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada (via Netgalley) for an advanced digital copy.

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