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The Drowning Pool

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  596 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews

After her world is shaken by a series of unexplained events, young widow Sarah Grey soon comes to realise that she is the victim of a terrifying haunting by her 19th century namesake … A classic ghost story with a modern twist by a talented new writer in the genre.

Relocated to a coastal town, widowed teacher Sarah Grey is slowly rebuilding her life, along with her young so

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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Avon (first published January 1st 2011)
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Blair
This had been appearing in my Amazon recommendations for months and I kept ignoring it - mainly, I will admit, because of the horrible tacky cover, which made me think of some awful schlock-horror story, or one of those ultra-cheap ebooks that look like somone's knocked the whole thing together in an afternoon. I don't really know what made me decide to buy it: probably a combination of a) it being one of the top recommendations for readers who enjoyed Brodmaw Bay, b) the quote on said cover dee ...more
ReadandRated
Apr 15, 2012 ReadandRated rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve just finished reading The Drowning Pool and want to post the review while it is still fresh in my mind.

I don’t want to give away the story itself in this review, instead I want to focus more on my opinions of the book. This is, essentially, a ghost story. Not my usual genre but a book that I really enjoyed nonetheless. In fact I would say that after reading it I think I’d be more inclined to pick up a ‘ghost story’ in the future.

I was initially drawn to it as it is based in Leigh on Sea in
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Donna
Mar 11, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Becky Church
Recommended to Donna by: Dan
Shelves: 2012, kindle-read
I would give this 4.5 if I could. It was recommended by a friend and I have really enjoyed it. It is a bit spooky, with a ghostly haunting, which the main character tries to get to the bottom of. She has the same name as an accused witch from over a hundred years before, and starts to be haunted by her. However, are the hauntings real, an overactive imagination or a symptom of an illness? And are the people around her on her side or do they have their own agendas?
I found myself second guessing a
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Grace Harwood
I thought this book had a really strong start but somewhere along the line it lost its momentum and became something a bit more average. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, but I certainly don't think it's anything amazing. First its strengths: What I really liked about this book was the way that it was firmly positioned in a local area. I'm not familiar with the area, but I think that if you were, it would be a real draw to this book to see your area so vividly rendered in the story. I ha ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Sep 28, 2014 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four girls out for a few drinks find themselves at the castle, sharing spooky stories and local lore/myths. Shortly after this, Sarah Grey finds herself experiencing visions and paranormal activity. Blocking out the visions doesn't help as her son Alfie is then used to try to get messages to Sarah.

Sarah, already tired from re-building her life also has a Head who is making work life miserable. A health scare adds to her problems.

The Drowning Pool is narrated as a reflective account by Sarah. I i
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Krystle
Don't get me wrong by my rating: I merely rated it so because I kinda had a hard time reading it. Not in a bad way either; just that the way Moore punctuated her sentence had me re-reading a sentence sometimes several times just to get what she meant.
I thought the story overall was really nice with the last chapter really keeping you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't help but ask myself, as I normally do when I read certain books, a WWYD scene. What if I suddenly, out of the blue one day, saw
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Laura Head
Was really looking forward to reading this as I've recently started to read more of the horror genre, however I was left disappointed. I wasn't a fan of the cliched one liners at the end of each chapter, "little did I know...." "But this would be the last time I would see her". It completely ruined the suspense for me and I found them extremely cheesy. I read them in my head thinking errrrr. The characters were interesting however, Sarah was a strong character and I enjoyed reading from her pers ...more
Stefanie
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, a book being as british as can be (I love the Brits, their love for ghosts, history and their drinking habits), but the end cost it one additional star. I had seen it coming for some time, there is a hint you cannot misinterpret, so there was no suprise to be had. I would have loved the supernatural element to be a bit more prominent. There's too much talk, to much going through old journals and encounters and the ghostly encounters are very brief. But I have to c ...more
Michael Davies
A ghost story which morphs into both an historical and modern murder mystery usually piques my interest and this novel certainly did that. Truth to tell the initial haunting of the modern Sarah Grey by her Victorian namesake was the creepiest part of the book and the subsequent investigation and burgeoning romance (which had vague echoes of Pride and Prejudice) did see a slight drop off in dramatic tension. This was restored somewhat towards the end with a climax that reminded me a little of a s ...more
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
This book caught my eye just by the cover alone, I am secretly a sucker for a good horror, paranormal or ghost story which this book definitely is! This book had me engaged throughout and was a fast paced, easy read for me personally, it includes many unpredictable twists and turns but has a lot crammed within the plot. I enjoyed this book but thought it was just average, nothing special or exciting, but do not let me put you off as this is my personal review and all readers are very different.

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Caroline Cairn
I was eagerly anticipating reading this book. I was looking forward to a good ghost story, without the gore that usually comes with it. I expected to be scared, surprised, and engrossed in the read. But alas, it didn't happen. I waited and waited for a twist that never came, as everything was so plain to see : it felt like the author didn't seem to bother building up a bit of suspense, and the grand finale was such a lukewarm scene that I felt cheated. The supposedly scary stuff isn't anything n ...more
Lee
Sep 16, 2011 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sprawled across the wall of my history classroom back in secondary school, in letters standing at least two inches high, was that famous George Santayana quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." This book has a similar message and puts it across even more strongly, perhaps in letters three inches tall that sparkle slightly in the sun.

Actually that may be oversimplifying things.

The Drowning Pool is the debut novel of Syd Moore. The slightly cringeworthy blurb on the
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I saw this on the new arrivals shelves in my local supermarket and decided I would like to try someone new and the blurb at the back of the book looked interesting. This is a ghost story and a very good one it was. The story is centered around Sarah Gray, a young widow with a four year old son, who goes drinking with her friends and ends up at a ruined castle in their small town. Now, these are all grown women, but they do like to drink, indeed, there was so much binge drinking, you would wonder ...more
L.K. Jay
Apr 04, 2013 L.K. Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost, history
I was looking forward to reading this as I really enjoyed Witch Hunt when that came out last year. I love a good ghost story and this story really fit the bill. It had everything, ghosts, adventure and teachers! Being a teacher myself, I could really connect with the main characters.

The story is set in Essex and concerns a young widow called Sarah who looks after her young son Alfie. She is being haunted by a woman of the same name, a notorious 'sea witch' who lived in early Victorian times. We
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David
Nov 01, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I haven't given this book a one-star rating is because the story itself is actually kind of interesting - inspired, even. It's also one of the few ghost story novels I've read that has good narrative pacing and a satisfying conclusion.

None of this, however, can make up for the terrible writing. It reads like a short story in Take a Break magazine. Short paragraphs, littered with clichés, but at the same time completely failing to create believable characters.

In fact, this was som
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Emily
Jan 09, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
99p Kindle books are the new charity shop books, people. You heard it here first. Thankfully, this one was definitely worth the 99p. Written in a lively style, The Drowning Pool involves a genuinely scary ghost story, interesting history, and some refreshing feminist views and opinions. There's even a love story in there, and a story of lost love.

I was never bored while reading this book, and it even felt at some points as though there was just too much going on. On the day I downloaded this bo
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Penni
Sep 18, 2011 Penni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when I first got this book (I won it as an ARC) I expected a really scary book, the cover and the blurb on the back led me to that conclusion. However I would describe it more of a historical romance with ghosts.

Theres the connection between the past and the modern day characters and all along you're not quite sure where its going to end or 'whodunnit' but it keeps you intrigued all the way through.

There was only one really scary bit and in hindsight it wasn't that scary but at the time I had to
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Karen
Apr 14, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started of quite promising, with what could have been a spooky and dark story, with so many possibilities to develop it (although if I read one more description about people drinking coffee or wine, I was going to scream) However a promising start soon was spoilt and the book became silly and I had to give up on it as it was just so, well, erm.... naff!
Jenny
A well-written serviceable mystery with a supernatural element that went overboard at the story's climax. I enjoyed Moore's character, Sarah's narrative voice and detailed characterization, and so, too, the story's mystery. This, however, didn't prevent me losing interest around the halfway mark. The reason for this was the lack of rising tension. While not a memorable read, The Drowning Pool is a good time-filler.
Barbra
Jun 17, 2012 Barbra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As this was hyped as a ghost story I thought I would give it a go - I got about halfway through it and it lost me. I started to find it quite boring so just gave up.

Back Cover Blurb:
Relocated to a coastal town with her young son Alfie, widowed teacher Sarah Grey is slowly rebuilding her life. But following a seance one drunken night, she begins to be plagued by horrific visions. Her attempts to explain them away are dashed when Alfie starts to see them too, and soon, it seems that they are targe
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Vicky
Jul 30, 2015 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Georgia
Jan 12, 2015 Georgia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book started excellently and then it lost me. I found myself re reading the pages over and over just to make sense of it. I eventually got to the end but I didn't know what had happened at all!
Georgie
This book for me started off really well and then got really confusing, I felt as though I had to read the pages multiple times just to understand what was happening. Apart from that I really enjoyed it.
Barbara Roycroft
Jun 28, 2016 Barbara Roycroft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for Bookclub as the author came to the library. I liked it very much as it was set in and around Leigh. It's a good read, not too heavy or scary
Ally Harradine
I found this book very I interesting. It wasn't as creepy as I was hoping but the way the storyline played out had me entertained. I almost lost it and gave in half way through as it went a little stale, but the author brought it back in the final few chapters.
Darty
Jun 05, 2016 Darty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I must say this book had a way better story line than I thought it would. Was expecting a typical horror with a story line that wasnt any different to the hundreds of other horrors out there. They manage to bring a bit of history into the story which kept me turning pages until I was done
Evelyn
*I won an advance copy via a Goodreads giveaway*

The Drowning Pool starts off as as a typical ghost story as the reader is introduced to the main character, Sarah Grey, a young widow who begins to experience some rather spooky things happening around her and her son Alfie. The first hundred pages or so feature some classic horror movie scenes that will have you running to put on the light if you're reading alone before going to bed! As the story progresses it becomes more of an intertwined histor
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Adam
Feb 06, 2012 Adam rated it it was ok
Shelves: ghost-story
To be honest, I was rather disappointed with this book. Firstly, it was written, in my opinion, with too many female interests so this made some of the reading uninteresting from a bloke's perspective. There was also the absurd part about a shop-front mannequin (I'll not give any more than that away) that did not fit in with a ghost story. And being a bit pedantic here, but in Antwerp, northern Belgium, they speak Dutch, not French!

This is a debut novel and shows it but I think Syd Moore has pot
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Angela
Dec 25, 2014 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started out strong and intriguing but tapered off into the middle. By the end, I was bored, frankly. Not as good as it could have been, but alright as a ghost story.
Sarah5
Sep 20, 2011 Sarah5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thanks to the author as I was lucky enough to be sent a copy through the giveaways section on the site. This is the story of Sarah Grey who begins to see a ghost of someone of the same name and is known through local history and myth as a sea-witch. This is a mixture of genres: horror, thriller, historical fiction and a bit of romance as well.

I found this book genuinely creepy, there were a few moments when I actually jumped when I read them and there was a sense of tension throughout. A great r
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