The Drowning Kind
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.
Be careful what you wish for.
When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Le ...more
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To bring this back to the topic of your question, I think he is somewhat a tool of the water-entity to fulfill Lex's wish to bring her back, by both directly telling her what will happen to her in the end (via the picture) and by explaining what the pool itself and it's "spawn" (people like Maggie and Shirley, who were born thanks to a wish on the water and their descents) are, in a metaphorical sense. So, and this might sound far-fetched, but I think the call both did and did not actually happen. I think Declan was communicating to her as the pool intended him to, but because of how far things had progressed (on top of their likely connection as descendants of the pool), it was also using Jax herself, like he/the pool was speaking through her, TO her, which is why Jax initially thought she was talking to herself and why Diane heard nothing but a dial tone.
This was rather long, and I hope it makes some kind of sense, lol.(less) (hide spoiler)]
Okay: there are two types of books: the forgettable ones: you give your self a mental high five when you finish them as another trim from your Mount tbr and you just already get another one in your hands, moving on your intellectually fulfilled life!
But the second type is a little complicated one. As soon as you finish it, you sit a few minutes, mouth agape, drippin ...more
Will later tells Ethel he has a surprise for her. He asks her if she has ever heard of the Bradenburg Springs and Ethel tells him that she has never heard of it. He tells her ...more
This book blew me away! I loved reading both POVs (Jax, in the present, and Ethel, in 1929) and I enjoyed the eerie setting so much! Some parts spooked me (that pool!!😱) while others touched me. There was everything I look for in a good story: unique and endearing characters, mystery, no plot holes and, above all, an ending that gave me goosebumps.
The Drowning Kind was my first read by this author, even if som ...more
There was a nursery rhyme recited by the children of Brandenburg, Vermont in the 1900's.
A time when people like Ethel O'Shay, believed in Superstitions, like carrying a sparrow's egg close to your breast when trying to become pregnant.
Or, that the underground springs which fill the pool at the Brandenburg Springs Hotel can not only heal what ails you, but can also grant wishes...
People flocked to the hotel from miles around, to bathe in and drink from the Springs...i ...more
Jennifer McMahon knows how to write creepy, atmospheric and haunting reads with underlying dread and tension. You know there is something sinister going on in this book but what?
2019: Jax has received nine missed calls from her sister, Lexie. Believing her sister is manic, she goes to bed and learns the next day that her sister is dead. Lexie has drowned in a pool at their grandmothers’ estate. Prior to her death, Lexie has been researching their family history in ...more
There are dual timelines. One is told by Ethel Monroe, the time is 1929. Ethel has married the town doctor and after one year of trying is desperate for a baby. Ethel has already tried numerous “folk” remedies, ...more
This book was super creepy! Jax comes back to the old home her gram left to her sister, the home with the healing pool. The place where her sister died. A home she wished she stayed in with her sister. It had been a long time and now Lexie is gone. But what was she looking into before she died? Will Jax find out? Unfortunately for her, she does!
I loved the book, it had the right amount of creepiness! I wanted to hide many times. And don’t go in the water!
*I would like to thank Net ...more
A swimming pool made from a natural spring that is rumored to heal people. Sounds wonderful doesn't it? Well everyone in 1929 thought so when a grand hotel was built ...more
Jax is a social worker who receives many missed calls from her sister, Lexie, one night. Unable to answer, she wakes up the next morning to find out Lexie drowned in the pool at Sparrow Crest...the house Lexie lived in, and where they used to spend every summer with their grandmother.
Jax returns for the funeral and to settle affairs. The pool is just how she remembered it: Pitch black as night, earthy smells, freezing cold, unknown depths, a strong presence i ...more
Lexie, the older of the two, was very different than Jax, however, in a lot of ways. Lexie was more like their father, flighty, free-spirited and at times, manic.
The older the girls got, the more apparent the differences in their personalities became. It was clear Lexie's mental health wasn't stable. She struggled to remain rooted in realit ...more
Wonderfully creepy, The Drowning Kind explores the theme 𝙗𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙞𝙨𝙝 𝙛𝙤𝙧.
Told in two POVs, we meet Ethel in 1929.
Married to the town's doctor and struggling with infertility. The couple take a holiday at a new luxury hotel that boasts a natural springs pool known for its healing qualities.
We also meet Jackie, in the present day.
She's returned home to be with her family after the drowning death of her sister.
The tension is high in this book ...more
With The Drowning Kind, Jennifer McMahon has turned me from a hater to a believer. I’ve only read one other book by her, and she ended it THE LAMEST WAY POSSIBLE (per my GR bio: conclusions that rely on a character pulling out a gun in a kitchen or some such place while he/she neatly and conveniently answers all your questions about who/what/when/where/how/why). I was so turned off I skipped her next few novels, but early buzz for he ...more
The past is never dead. It's not even past. - William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun--------------------------------------
Captain Louis Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?It may be that many of the people who have come for the special, healing waters to Brandenburg, Vermont over the year ...more
Rick Blaine: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Captain Renault: The waters, what waters? We’re in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.
- If you don’t recognize this, for shame.
Usually, when I read a book, I read it all in one sitting. I like to know what happens. Well, this is one of those few times when I had to put the book away. It happened around the 50% mark. I got so spooked that I couldn’t continue reading.
The story is an interesting one. Famous springs that are whispered to grant wishes. Sick people getting better after bathing or drinking the spring water. However, there is a price to pay.
Are you willing to pay the price?
The Drowning Ki ...more
A terrifying, chilling and atmospheric tale about family, tragedy, secrets and wishes
"Be careful what you wish for."
Jax, a social worker returns to her beloved grandmother's home after her sister mysteriously drowns in the menacing swimming pool there.
Ethel, a newly-wed in 1929 visits a hotel in Vermont. Whilst there, Ethel, who is desperate for a baby discovers a natural spring, rumoured to grant wishes.
Both women learn that the water gives, but it also takes...
Jennifer McMahon s ...more
Growing up, my family had a huge deep inground pool surrounded by cedars and we loved to swim at night, floating in the dark.. but for me, with my active imagination, there was always a sliver of fear, of a hand that might reach up from the black and grab you down. Well thank-you Jennifer McMahon, that electric, childhood memory was activated like a light switch, I had chills of dread on my arms at the ...more
This was a fascinating, creepy tale that I didn’t want to end. And when it was over, I had to re-read the ending!! This was my second book by this author and she’s a winner for me.
There are two separate stories and timeframes in this one. Often, I like one storyline more than another and I think I enjoyed the one from 1920s just a bit more than the present-day storyline.
I’ll start with the present-day story – featuring two sisters, Jax and Lexie. Jax is a social worker and she’s b ...more
That'll give you pause.....
Sparrow Crest has been part of their childhood all their lives. With the passing of their grandmother, the huge house with the deteriorating smile now belongs to Lexie. Grandmother bequeathed it to her including all the grounds and that deep, dark swimming pool fed by the natural spring. Jax, Lexie's sister, felt unsettled because she was left with nothing. A nothing that will eventually become a something.
Jax, a busy so ...more
At times my breathing picked up, my heart raced, I held my breathe at other times and sped-read while having goose-bumps.
Reads like this are perfect for me because I don't like to be terrified. This was great!
I won't be swimming in any dark waters anytime soon!
"The Lexie on land was like a real butterfly, flitting from one thing to the next, staying focused only long enough to briefly excel, then growi ...more
Dual timelines with separate stories that evolve around a mysterious spring with magical healing powers! Wow...I was caught up in this dark and creepy story immediately. And kept in suspense as I tried to determine fact from fiction, while putting the puzzle pieces in place. The stories and speculation relating to the water and it’s healing powers are fascinating! But the spring has a tragic history.
“The water gives an...more
Two stories, perfectly dovetailed into a magical realm of life and death. It’s a beautiful and haunting tale; spooky, creepy and completely absorbing.
I loved both stories, that of Jax in the present time and Ethel in 1929.
Jax receives 9 calls from her sister, Lex, who leaves frantic, odd messages on her answering machine. Jax doesn’t answer because she’s tired of Lex’s mental issues. By morning a return call is too late, as ...more
This novel is beautifully atmospheric, which is rapidly becoming a Jennifer McMahon trademark. I'm not sure any author alive today does the truly creepy, gothic atmosphere as well as Ms. McMahon. At times, the swimming pool, which was a character in its own right, truly freaked me out. At other times, it reminded me of the M. Night Shyamalan film, Lady in the Water, which was, frankly, kind of silly.
Jax’s sister has been found dead in the swimming pool on her late Grandmother’s estate. It’s a special pool with reported healing powers from the springs underground feeding it.
It’s also ice cold and appears black as the granite and stone composition distort its appearance.
Lexie’s drowning is mysterious to Jax because her deceased sister was an excellent swimmer. Having grown up playing in the pool, “The Dead Game” was a frequent pastime both girls participated in. Morbid for ...more
The next day, Jax learns that Lexie is dead — an accidental drowning at the pool on her estate. This fate is especially chilling c ...more