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The Drowning Kind de Jennifer McMahon
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The Drowning Kind (2021 original; edició 2021)

de Jennifer McMahon (Autor)

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Títol:The Drowning Kind
Autors:Jennifer McMahon (Autor)
Informació:Gallery/Scout Press (2021), 285 pages
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The Drowning Kind de Jennifer McMahon (2021)

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So this story gets an A for creep factor. Everything about it has a freaky vibe. The story begins with Jackie, who has a sister named Lexi who has a whole slew of mental health issues, and as a result they haven’t really been close the last several years. Jackie is summoned back to the family estate after Lexi drowns in the swimming hole that is attached to the property out in rural Vermont. It appears that Lexi may have suffered a psychotic break before her death, and she leaves behind a slew of information that doesn’t make any sense. Looking into the history of the place, Jackie discovers a history of drownings and tragedies attached to the old, super creepy swimming hole on the property of the family home. It appears that Lexi is only the latest casualty. I’m not really sure what genre this book lands in, as it seems to have some crossover, part historical fiction, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, it’s kind of everywhere. The setting, tone and descriptives are all very effective, although I didn’t love the ending. It just kind of left me sad, but I suppose it is open for interpretation and not every one may see it the same way. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | May 23, 2021 |
3.5 Two separate storylines, one from the past, one from the present, centered around a mysterious pool that is said to heal, grant wishes. Of course, there is a cost to this as many find out. After all, didn't our parents always impress up us that nothing in life is free?

I enjoy this author, her storylines always for me are a draw. Interesting enough, creepy without being terrifying, and enough action, questions for the pages to turn rather quickly. They also of course require the suspending of belief, to just go with the flow. After this last year of Covid reality I am finding this harder and harder to do, so while I enjoyed the premise I couldn't quite quiet the little voice in my head. For this author though, I will keep trying.

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  Beamis12 | May 21, 2021 |
It begins with an all-too-down- to-earth tragedy: a woman has been found dead, drowned in the pool at her grandmother’s estate. Jax and her sister Lexie have had a strained relationship for years, ever since Lexie inherited the Sparrow Crest estate from the girls’ grandmother. Lexie has long been grappling with mental illness, and Jax has reached her breaking point; in an effort to preserve her own wellbeing, Jax has distanced herself from Lexie...so when Jax misses numerous phone calls from Lexie one night, she is quick to assume it’s just another instance of her sister’s mania, and ignores the calls. But Jax couldn’t have been more wrong. The story is sinister and scary. The author keeps it just realistic enough that readers can be easily swayed into believing that the supernatural legend at its core might just be real. If you need constant or instant suspense in your story...then this might not be for you. This author knows exactly how and when to dish out those little hints and suggestions of the horrors that are to come...particularly as she tells the tragic story of Ethel Monroe and her much-wished-for child. ( )
  Carol420 | May 16, 2021 |
Really enjoyed this book...but what happened with her little boy patient? ( )
1 vota Dianekeenoy | Apr 25, 2021 |
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invited and The Winter People comes a chilling new novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim."

Right from the start, there's a Gothic feel to this latest from McMahon - Sparrow Crest was built on the ruins of an old hotel, there are rumors and perhaps truths about the springs - healing powers, granting wishes - but is there a cost? Be careful what you wish for....

McMahon tell her tale in a past and present format - one of my favorite formats. The past takes us to 1929 and introduces us to Ethel, who desperately wants a child. Uh huh, you guessed it. In the present, Jax finds her sister's research into the springs and takes it in, but with a grain of salt. Lexie had mental health issues and this could just be part of her illness. But the listener is privy to both timelines and knows more - but not everything.

I'm always the one watching a scary movie from behind a pillow, yelling "don't go in the basement!" This time its 'don't go in the water." Dark water where you can't see the bottom? Ummm, no thanks. I got shivers every time someone decided to go swimming or visit the springs. McMahon has done a great job, building the atmosphere and keeping us in suspense 'til the very end.

I chose to listen to The Drowning Kind. I find I am often more drawn into a book by listening instead of reading. Such is the case with this book. Two narrators were used - Joy Osmanski and Imani Jade Powers - both readers I have enjoyed in the past. Osmanski voices Jax in the present. Her voice suits the mental image I had created for this characters. She speaks crisply, cleanly and her voice is easy to understand. She uses her voice to great effect, easily bringing the suspense of McMahon's book to the listener. Her voices for supporting characters are differentiated. Powers is voice for Ethel in the past. She has a slower, well modulated tone of speaking that is just right for this character. It absolutely captures the suspense surrounding the springs - almost a dreamy tone.

And the ending? It caught me off guard and I had to go back and read it again. But it was just right. ( )
  Twink | Apr 22, 2021 |
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For everyone out there who has the good sense to be a little afraid when swimming in deep, dark water. You tell yourself there's nothing down there, but there is. There always is.
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