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Review: The Drowning Kind


Title: The Drowning Kind

Author: Jennifer McMahon

Release Date: April 6, 2021

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.


My Review: This was a really great atmospheric thriller. It wasn't quite as creepy as her other books but I really appreciated that. It was still chilling though and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the dual timeline and the historical aspect to the story. The author did a really good job moving between the past and the present. There is also a ghost/paranormal element to the story that I thought was really well done. I jumped back and forth between an e-copy and the audio and found that the audiobook was very well done too. I loved the narrators. Overall if you are a fan of paranormal thrillers I highly recommend this one.


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*