The Drowning Pool
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...more
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...more
I found myself second guessing a...more
Actually that may be oversimplifying things.
The Drowning Pool is the debut novel of Syd Moore. The slightly cringeworthy blurb on the...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is a debut novel and shows it but I think Syd Moore has pot...more
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...more
The story is well thought out, and I enjoyed the twists. I didn't feel the ending quite worked for me, which is why I am only giving it 4 stars, but overall it's an excellent piece for a first-time writer like Syd Moore. I will definitel...more
That said, it was well written, and the characters Syd Moore created were interesting and had lots of depth to them.
This book is quite fast paced, and I never wanted to put it down while I was reading it.
I look forward to reading more from this author.