Book Review: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

In this thriller, we are set on an old estate in Vermont with a brilliant rose garden and an ancient, spring-fed swimming pool. The pool is icy cold and has been rumored to be haunted by a young girl who tries to pull swimmers below. Our main character, Jax, receives multiple phone calls from her manic sister who lives at her deceased grandmother’s estate and believes she’s having another episode, however, she turns up dead in the swimming pool the following day.

The sisters have a rocky history, starting from their childhood and their time spent at their eccentric grandmother’s old mansion. As Jax starts to dig deeper into the history of the house, she learns more about the sulpheric smelling, crumbling pool they grew up swimming in as young girls.

In a dual timeline, it’s 1937 and Ethel Monroe and her husband are trying desperately to have a child. They hear through the grapevine of a bed and breakfast with a natural spring in Vermont that grants wishes. They book their trip and whisper to the mystical water their wishes, unaware that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

There are dark secrets, ghost sightings, family drama, chilling swim scenes, and even peacock sightings in the Vermont woods. This book has an ending that you’ll want to re-read three times it’s so good.

Trigger Warning for Death of a Child, and Mental Instability.

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