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The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

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About the Book- The Drowning Kind

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. 

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The book is like a panther. It moves sheathed in darkness and pounces on you when you are least expect. 

Read on for our review of the book

Our Review of The Drowning Kind

The book officially ruined Lakes for me as I will never be able to look at another water body without feeling that something dark is at the bottom. The Drowning kind is a dark, eerie and psychological thriller. Although I would say that it’s more a creepy thriller. The book is pretty dark and deals with some pretty dark stuff. I am so glad that I had gone for the audiobook. The book is not an easy one because it deals with darker topics but more than that the characters are pretty dark too. Each character in the book has their baggage and struggles. So combine that and add an even more sinister plot then everything becomes one giant dark pit.

So let us get into the book. If you love dark and intense and a bit of Goth vibe, then this is your book. It has the perfect elements to give you sleepless nights and nightmares. At least you will think twice before taking a dip in the pool next time. The book centres around a pool and is a dual timeline story that keeps you hooked by a sharp pin. 

It is not going to be an edge of the seat thriller but it’s a slow burner book. So basically think of yourself as the proverbial frog in the boiling water. You wouldn’t notice what hit you till you are boiling from all sides. The book slowly builds the intensity and by the time it reaches the end, the smoke is coming from all of your orifices. I love the story that was running in the past timeline. So basically there is a story that is happening in the present and one that is happening in the past. For me, the past one was the most Jolting one. Especially how it culminated was even more hitting.


So in conclusion, The Drowning kind is the perfect Halloween read or a book that will appeal to anyone who loves a bit dark and Psychological thriller. The book is like a panther. It moves sheathed in darkness and pounces on you when you are least expect. The book deals with a lot of painful and dark topics. That’s why it could be a trigger for many readers.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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