The Drowning Kind (Paperback)
Oh, to come across a paranormal pond made up of shiny ghost souls and liquidy black water that grants one's dearest wishes and reflects the limitless starry night sky. I feel like I need some reassurance, or at least a long, sobering hug. This book was such a thrilling read--I couldn't put it down once I started. Based in Vermont and the Northeast, the narrative follows social worker Jax after she recieves a call confirming her estranged sister Lexie has drowned in the pool on their grandmother's estate. What follows is a literal deep-dive into the family & land's history/dark past. I highly recommend one to Shirley Jackson fans.
“A haunting exploration of grief and a tale that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” —Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author
A woman returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.
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.
A modern-day ghost story that illuminates how the past, though sometimes forgotten, is never really far behind us, The Drowning Kind “is satisfying on every level: Marvelously chilling, elegantly written, a true page-turner” (Janelle Brown, New York Times bestselling author).