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Be careful what you wish for. When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the Be careful what you wish for. When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined. In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.


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Be careful what you wish for. When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the Be careful what you wish for. When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined. In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

30 review for The Drowning Kind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Holly molly chips without guacamole! Another mind blurring, nail biter, soul shaker, stomach churning novel just crushed my mind!!! 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 Holly molly chips without guacamole! Another mind blurring, nail biter, soul shaker, stomach churning novel just crushed my mind!!! 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, dripping saliva and then you start to hit your head against the wall or wash your face with ice cold water to loosen up and wide the stupidly shocked expression from your face. But the story of the book keeps occupying your mind and you start to think about the characters, twists, WTF moments over and over obsessively: that means book is already cursed you and it will stay in your mind for longer days you’ve expected and you need a strong drink, probably Irish products will be your life saver! (Probably Jameson Neat soothes your smoking brain cells) As you can guess: this book represents the second type. As soon as I read the last page, I started to scream and throw the book away as if my hands were on fire! Side effects of last minute you didn’t see it coming twist. The facts i enjoyed: Jennifer McMahon is extremely talented author who writes brilliant spooky, blood freezing, ghost, spirit, paranormal tales. Invited was at my top 10 favorite reads of 2019. Truly captivating, hooking storyline: Well, after reading two sisters’ haunted bound, dysfunctional family story about grief, loss, dark secrets takes at dark, terrifying house reminds you of Dracula’s castle named Sparrow Chest which is also famous with its pool healing the people and making your wishes come true with a price you never wish to pay made me shout “ yes, bring it out! This is absolutely my cup of Chardonnay!” Breathtaking Pacing: going back and forth between 1929s and present time: learning about the dark history of Brandenburg Springs Hotel and Resort and the family’s secret history was such riveting and exciting experience. At late 20’s, New Hampshire: Ethel Monroe’s true desire to have a child in expanse to risk everything in her life, her self destructive tendencies, her wish which comes true with a result of trapping her family in a cursed place. Because there’s a simple rule: Spring does not give without taking. And I’m the present time: we’re introduced Jax, running away from her unhealthy relationship with her sister Lexie who is suffering from bipolar. But after one night getting nine missed calls from her sister who seems like out of her meds, delirious because of another manic attack, the very next day her aunt Diane gives the bad news. Her sister who is skilled swimmer was drowned at the pool: the very same pool so many women have lost their lives including their aunt Rita. Lexie always tries to convince her: there was a woman at the bottom of the pool calling her. And Jax of course thought that it was another mind game her sister played. But what if she told her the truth from the beginning! Overall: the writing was intriguing as always but I found some little plot holes and I mostly enjoyed the supporting characters: especially Aunt Diane and eccentric father Ted were my favorites. I have complex feelings about Jax. She was too overshadowed by Lexie’s dominant, shiny, vivid characteristics. From the beginning she seemed lost, barely holding together, suffering from grief, visiting her childhood memories to find out the secret of the pool. For those reasons: I cut some points but it was still breathtakingly alluring, head spinning reading that you hardly put it down. So I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 horrific, ghostly, dazzling stars! I loved this author’s books so much and I cannot wait to read her upcoming works! Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books / Simon&Schuster for sharing this epic ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    The year is 1929 in Lanesborough, New Hampshire. Ethel Montrose is married to Will Montrose who is called Dr. Montrose to everyone else. Ethel calls herself Mrs. Will Montrose. Ethel wishes to have a baby and Mrs. Tuttle tells her about a folk remedy for anybody who wishes to be with child and Ethel tried to do this remedy. 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 The year is 1929 in Lanesborough, New Hampshire. Ethel Montrose is married to Will Montrose who is called Dr. Montrose to everyone else. Ethel calls herself Mrs. Will Montrose. Ethel wishes to have a baby and Mrs. Tuttle tells her about a folk remedy for anybody who wishes to be with child and Ethel tried to do this remedy. 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 that there are four underground springs that bubble up and form a pool. The minerals are suppose to be healing. He has patients that swear that a soak in the springs will cure anything. He tells her that there are spooky stories about the place. Some say that the springs are cursed, haunted even. Some people go and never return. The truth is, the most beautiful hotel in Vermont has opened there. Would you like to go there next weekend, he asks her, and she says, of course it sounds like an absolute dream. Ethel then learns that the water is rumoured to grant wishes never expecting that the spring takes on equal measure to what it gives. The year is 2019 and Jax receives nine missed phone calls from her older sister Lexie. She thinks that it is just one of her sisters episodes. Her sister has bipolar. She thinks that her sister is manic and out of touch with reality. But she then learns that Lexie is dead and she drowned in the pool at their Grandma's estate. Lexie then does some research and finds out that the land holds a far darker past than she could ever imagine. I love this author! This one was my favorite book by her. Her books get better and better. If you love supernatural stories like me, then this one is a must read. This one is one haunted creepy tale. Look at that cover, isn't it beautiful!! It is such a chilling gothic atmospheric read. I could not put this book down and I didn't want to. I loved the characters. I also loved the ending, a jaw dropping what the heck moment! I want to thank Edelweiss, Gallery/Scout Press Simon & Schuster for the copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Drowning Kind, by Jennifer McMahon, is one supernatural, creepy, spooky, twisty, story. I enjoyed the different timelines and working to figure out how the various characters connected to the old family home, with the dank, dark, stinky spring fed pool, all tied together. Deep murky water, with plant growth that can touch your legs, is a big fear of mine. It's hard to believe that I swam a mile in a brown, Texas lake, years ago. That's what I kept thinking about with this creepy, smelly, poo The Drowning Kind, by Jennifer McMahon, is one supernatural, creepy, spooky, twisty, story. I enjoyed the different timelines and working to figure out how the various characters connected to the old family home, with the dank, dark, stinky spring fed pool, all tied together. Deep murky water, with plant growth that can touch your legs, is a big fear of mine. It's hard to believe that I swam a mile in a brown, Texas lake, years ago. That's what I kept thinking about with this creepy, smelly, pool of "healing" spring water...shudder.  Social worker, Jax, flies across the country to take care of affairs after her older sister Lex, drowns in the old spring fed pool at the house that Lex inherited from their grandmother. Jax has avoided her sister for over a year, when Lex inherited everything from their mom's and their grandmother's estate, including this old, creepy house with the pool that is rumored to be haunted. Jax has a lot of guilt to work through, having been very close to her sister but also having been very jealous of her sister, who seemed to charm everyone, seemed so perfectly talented at so many things, despite her inherited mental disorder.  We don't know the origins of the supernatural things going on with the pool but the story does show us how the family is drawn into the spell of the pool, years ago. The pool is like a living thing (or things) and once it gets a person in it's grip, it's never letting go. Or, is this all a complicated ruse, someone wanting the pool to have such a bad reputation that Jax and her family will be willing to give up the house, pool, and property?  This is a very enjoyable story but it did have people diving in (sorry for the pun) and doing things most sane people would not do. There is always a tradeoff for doing unwise things and I think this pool thrives on people who are willing to run headlong into bad decisions. Still, the author made me feel the pool, feel the house, feel the eeriness of the entire situation and even feel the townspeople backing away from the wacky family that kept living at that old, haunted place.  Publication: April 6, 2021 Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press/Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for this ARC. 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Virginie

    Be prepared to turn on the lights, because they could visit you during the night... 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 Be prepared to turn on the lights, because they could visit you during the night... 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 some of her books have been on my TBR for a while. I'm so happy I've been approved on Netgalley for this one and got to read it after seeing so many great reviews! I'm definitely gonna read her previous books now that I know what a great writer she is. 4.5 rounded up Many thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada and Netgalley for the ARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! 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 BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! 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...ignoring the warnings, laughing about the spooky stories which claim that the Springs are cursed. THE WATER DOES NOT GIVE WITHOUT TAKING. Sisters- Lexie and Jax, grew up swimming in a pool, on their Grandmother's property in Vermont. But, it was no ordinary pool. It was one that was fed by the famous underground Springs from the area. Made from stone and granite, filled with moss and algae, and FREEZING cold. Their Aunt Rita lost her life in the pool at aged 7, and the girls, spurred on by Lexie, would play "The Dead Game" when in the pool- floating facedown, holding their breath, eyes OPEN, looking for a glimpse of Aunt Rita, who Lexie believes lives on, in depths of the murky water. "She's coming for you! Coming for us, both!" Lexie would warn her sister. "Don't you hear her at night?" SQUISH SQUISH SQUISH Now, Jax has returned to the family home, where Lexie had been living. Where Lexie has now mysteriously drowned after calling her estranged sister Jax, nine times. If only, Jax had answered she may have learned what Lexie had discovered. Now, she will need to piece together the puzzle, on her own, and hope that she can assuage her own guilt at not answering the phone. This ATMOSPHERIC story is told from the alternating timelines of : 1929: Ethel O'Shay Monroe and 2019: Jackie (Jax). But, THE POOL, feels like a character with a story of its own, too. It gave me CHILLS. If you enjoy SUPERNATURAL stories with a strong sense of FOREBODING-this one is for you! It was UNPUTDOWNABLE for me! AVAILABLE NOW! I received a gifted copy and it was my pleasure to provide a candid review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    DARK, CLEVER, ATMOSPHERIC, ENGAGING and SPINE TINGLING. It’s been a while since I have read a good horror mystery and I would be lying if I didn’t say that the main reason that I was drawn to this book was because , 1. That deliciously beautiful cover, this cover has definitely made it into my best covers list for 2021 With added bonus of Small town mysteries, sister relationship, dysfunctional family, mother-daughter relationship , some of my fav tropes! “Come swimming with me” Well lets dive DARK, CLEVER, ATMOSPHERIC, ENGAGING and SPINE TINGLING. It’s been a while since I have read a good horror mystery and I would be lying if I didn’t say that the main reason that I was drawn to this book was because , 1. That deliciously beautiful cover, this cover has definitely made it into my best covers list for 2021 With added bonus of Small town mysteries, sister relationship, dysfunctional family, mother-daughter relationship , some of my fav tropes! “Come swimming with me” Well lets dive into the detailed review. 1. PLOT/ THEME This ATMOSPHERIC story is told from the alternating timelines of : 1929: Ethel O’Shay Monroe and 2019: Jackie (Jax). Well speaking of the plot it wasn’t something original but then again it’s a horror story, from years we all have been listening the stories of haunted house, small town mysteries and dysfunctional families, and it never fail to amaze us, well same with this book the plot engaging and what makes it engaging is the characters and the writing skill ( I will talk about that later on). Author touches on some different themes throughout the book including loss, grief, mental illness, family bonds, found sister love, the mother/daughter relationship, intergenerational trauma, and paranormal activity. All of these themes impact one another and intertwine effortlessly with each other. The book follows the story of Jax and what happened when Jax return to the family home, where Lexie(her sister) had been living. Where Lexie has now mysteriously drowned after calling her estranged sister Jax, nine times.If only, Jax had answered she may have learned what Lexie had discovered. Overall , the story is well thought out and everything had its place and purpose. "The past is always alive in the present, in the walls, in the shadows and sometimes in the ripples on the water." 2. CHARACTERS Well I don’t have any particular liking for any character , but they are developed beautifully.I appreciate author for creating such a realistic characters and such a perfect-dysfunctional family. 3. WRITING Jennifer McMahon has written a Mystery/Thriller that has the eerie, gothic feel that other novels lay claim to and fail to deliver. The writing in book is incredibly fluid and engaging from the very beginning which captures reader’s attention from the very start and Jennifer has created an entertaining novel that is very easy to read. At times I felt I have truly stepped into the Sparrow Crest , living every moment and exploring it with Jax. Both the timelines are truly amazing and well crafted. All those things you imagine beneath the surface might truly be there, waiting to pull you down to your watery grave. Overall I really enjoyed it, it is an atmospheric and subtle ghost story; it’s creepy, the mystery of the past is as captivating as the present circumstance, and the ending gave me chills. It could have been better but I guess it was near perfect to me. Totally recommended!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Be careful what you wish for... 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 Be careful what you wish for... 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 including the history of their grandmother's estate. 1929: Ethel Monroe wants a baby. When her husband takes her on a trip to Vermont where a new hotel boasts having a natural spring. Vacationers love it, while the townspeople whisper about it, they fear it, they warn others that "the springs give miracles, but they always take something in return." What do you wish for? If you thought your wish would be granted, would you make that wish? Would you care if there were consequences? Do you believe the warnings? Is there truth to the warnings or would you think someone was trying to mess with your head? Is your imagination getting the best of you? Would you swim in the springs? Both storylines are enjoyable and as each plot line provides history on the hotel, the estate and Jax and Lexie's family. As the story unfolds, the book gets creepier, atmospheric and has a supernatural haunting vibe to it. I enjoyed how both storylines unfold. Do not swim in a pool of water where you cannot see the bottom. End of story. That and Jennifer McMahon's books are awesome. The Winter People is my favorite but this one was another solid, creepy read. Ever notice her books are always perfect for reading on dark fall and winter nights??? Fans of McMahon and atmospheric creepy tales will enjoy this one. It is not graphic or overly scary, but it is chilling, dark and haunting. Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    This was the first book that I’ve read by this author and I think it’s a good one. I found this to be engaging, page turning and “ghostly”, although at times I had some problems with believability. I wasn’t expecting this amount of supernatural elements but it was something new to explore. 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, This was the first book that I’ve read by this author and I think it’s a good one. I found this to be engaging, page turning and “ghostly”, although at times I had some problems with believability. I wasn’t expecting this amount of supernatural elements but it was something new to explore. 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, one including carrying a sparrow’s egg close to your heart. Her husband Will wants to do anything to make Ethel happy. They learn of a new resort in Vermont built on the site of a spring fed pool which is said to have healing powers. The couple goes and Ethel makes a wish for a baby while in the water. There are people in town, however, that feel that the waters are dangerous, that the pool extracts a price for whatever wishes it grants. The second timeline is 2019 told through Jax’s point of view. Jax and her sister Lexie had been very close as children. They spent every summer at Sparrow’s Crest, a huge stone house built on the site of what once was a hotel. The original small spring fed pool had been enlarged so that it could be used as a swimming pool. The water was always black and cold and had a strange smell to it. Jax was never much of a swimmer but Lexie loved the water. She was an excellent swimmer and also loved to play games like floating face down to see who could hold their breath longer, Lexie or Jax. Jax hated these games but went along with it. Years later, after their grandmother dies, she leaves the entire estate to Lexie. The girls have now been estranged for at least a year. Lexie was diagnosed as bipolar and Jax is used to her calling at odd times and forcing Jax into long discussions of things that she has seen or heard. Jax is now a social worker and one evening she is exhausted and lets the phone ring numerous times, the calls are from Lexie. The next day her aunt Diane is sent to check on her and Lexie is found dead, in the pool. That is about all of the plot that I can reveal to you without ruining the entire story. I think I would classify this as a thriller/mystery with strong supernatural vibes. The best way to enjoy this book is to go in blind and just let yourself get immersed in the story without questioning too much. I predict that this is going to be a huge hit next Spring! This novel is set to publish on April 6, 2021 I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    4.5 Stars ⭐️ 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 4.5 Stars ⭐️ 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 Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for a copy of this book. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Wowwww!! This whole book was fantastic.. but that ending.. blew me away❤️ Jennifer McMahon is now on my "must read" list of authors. When you have to reread the ending, because you are just in such shock...😳...well you know it was a good one! Creepy, a bit gothic, supernatural, dual timelines...YESSS! 🖤We are talking my kind of book! 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 Wowwww!! This whole book was fantastic.. but that ending.. blew me away❤️ Jennifer McMahon is now on my "must read" list of authors. When you have to reread the ending, because you are just in such shock...😳...well you know it was a good one! Creepy, a bit gothic, supernatural, dual timelines...YESSS! 🖤We are talking my kind of book! 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 around this wonderful healing spring pool. Yet tragic event after tragic event happens. Some thought the water was demanding to be paid back for all it gave. 🤔 Fast forward to 2019 when Jax finds out her sister Lexie drowned in that same swimming pool. Funny thing is...Lexie was an excellent swimmer...🤔😬 This was so intense, so creepy, so atmospheric! The water was cold, dark and you couldn't see the bottom. Was there even a bottom? 🤷‍♀️The smell...ewww the smell...It made me question why anyone would venture into this pool...given all the people who have died in it...yet they did...they begged for a chance to swim and dip into the pool, even drinking the water. 🤢 The ending was spectacular for me! As I read the ending, it literally unraveled for me in my mind....I thought..wait..what? Is it? OMG...then I reread it! I can't recommend this book enough! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 I will be reading all the backlist books by this author. I can't get enough of her writing! Huge shoutout to Scout Press for my gorgeous gifted copy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    “The pool gives and the pool takes.” 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 “The pool gives and the pool takes.” 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 in the water. Segue to 1929 as Ethel Monroe and her husband have a rare chance to visit the new Brandenburg Springs Hotel. It’s new, and quickly becomes popular due to the pool’s source of water...the springs. The water is known to have many positive effects on people. Ethel quickly finds out that when you let the water heal you or someone you love, you have to give something back. Brandenburg Springs Hotel burnt to the ground less than a year later, and is now the home where Lexie lived. Told in concurring storylines, Jax, in the present day, feels like there might be more behind Lexie’s drowning. Some of the reasons include: flashes of hands reaching out from the murky depths of the pool, the squish of wet feet walking on the floor, buried secrets that are uncovered. Be careful what you wish for. This is a haunting and extremely atmospheric tale. The fantastic writing provokes a strong sense of unease that doesn’t let up. I felt as if I was in both timelines. The pool is a character itself, and it’s a place I never want to get near. “In the water, dark and deep Where she waits, fast asleep All alone, pale and cold Don’t wake her up, or she’ll catch hold” Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press, Jennifer McMahon, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is now available!

  12. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Sisters, Jax and Lexie, were two peas in a pod growing up. They spent every summer at their Grandmother's property in Vermont and have great memories of that time. 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 r Sisters, Jax and Lexie, were two peas in a pod growing up. They spent every summer at their Grandmother's property in Vermont and have great memories of that time. 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 reality. It became a real problem for her. Jax was always the more grounded of the two. She followed the rules, excelled in school and became a social worker. Over the past year, she's also been estranged from her sister. When Jax receives nine calls from Lexie one night, none of which she answers, she assumes Lexie is just having another one of her episodes. The increasingly frantic messages Lexie leaves don't even make sense. Jax isn't dealing with it. Not her problem. The following day, Jax receives news that Lexie is dead; drowned in the pool on their Grandmother's estate, Sparrow's Crest, which Lexie had inherited. Jax is shocked. Why didn't she pick up the phone when Lexie called? Heart-broken and full of regret, Jax makes the journey to Vermont to bury her sister and settled up her affairs. Once there, reunited with family, including her Aunt and Father, Jax discovers that Lexie had been researching the history of their family and the property. It turns out Sparrow's Crest has a dark past and it could possibly be linked to Lexie's death. Jax dives into the research herself, mostly centering around the property's infamous swimming pool and the natural spring it is fed from. As with Jennifer McMahon's other stories, The Drowning Kind follows two timelines. The present, mentioned above, and then a historical perspective focusing on the history of the property. The more the Reader learns from the historical perspective, the more the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place for Jax. It is such a spectacular format. The pace is excellent! I have found that sometimes when an author tries this dual timeline format, one of the perspectives will be more interesting than the other. Because of that, you rush through one perspective in order to return to the other. That is definitely not the case here. Both the present and past timelines are equally foreboding and intriguing. I was fully committed to both. Another aspect of McMahon's work that I always enjoy is her sense of place. Sparrow's Crest is a character within this story. It is so well developed, you can almost hear it talking to you. The idea that places remember, that pieces of history live on through the land and the structures upon them. I love that whole concept and it is tangible here. In short, this is a phenomenally constructed multi-generational ghost story that will stick with me for a long time. The ending, chills. Exceptionally well done. I can certainly say I didn't see it coming! Thank you so much to the publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I highly recommend it and cannot wait to see what McMahon comes up with next!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    ⭐3.5 wish me love, a wishing well Stars⭐ 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 ⭐3.5 wish me love, a wishing well Stars⭐ 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 and some scenes are truly scary. A few times I found myself holding my breath with nervousness, while thinking '𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳!!' The books weakest aspect was it's characters. They didn't have a lot of depth and most spoke/acted in a way that was only to move the plot along. Because of this I never really vibed with any of them. But the plot was enjoyable and there was a fantastic sense of atmosphere so I'm HAPPY to round UP my rating to 4⭐ ** thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC

  14. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Something’s in the water… and it’s not a crap ending this time! 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 Something’s in the water… and it’s not a crap ending this time! 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 her latest convinced me to give her another shot. I’m so glad I did. The Drowning Kind is an atmospheric dual timeline thriller. Readers follow Jax in 2019 as she deals with the aftermath of her older sister Lexie’s drowning in the pool of their family estate. Those chapters are intermixed with others set in the 1930s, which reveal the history of the mysterious pool. It's fed by a natural spring and is said to have magical, healing powers, but those powers come at a price. For every gift it gives, it takes something in return. Sound spooky? It is. McMahon does a fantastic job weaving the two timelines together until they merge in an ending that’s so creeptastic I had to read it twice. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Joy Osmanski and Imani Jade Powers. The reading is slow enough that I had to play it on 1.75 speed to make it sound normal. The performances are good, though I do think The Drowning Kind is the type of book that wants to be read in a dimly lit room, by a fireplace, if you’re able. Or you could read it while lounging by a pool, but beware… there might be something in the water. My thanks to the author and Simon & Schuster Audio for the gifted advance listeners copy to review. The Drowning Kind is now available. Blog: www.confettibookshelf.com IG: @confettibookshelf

  15. 5 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    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? 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.It may be that many of the people who have come for the special, healing waters to Brandenburg, Vermont over the year 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? 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.It may be that many of the people who have come for the special, healing waters to Brandenburg, Vermont over the years were likewise misinformed, or were they? Miracle cures did indeed seem to happen there. Even wishes of a non-medical sort were known to have been granted. Of course, the Springs had a reputation. Many thought it was haunted, and even darker theories were abroad. More than the usual number of accidents and deaths had occurred on the property. Rick Blaine may have lost the love of his life. But some of the visitors to the Springs lost a lot more. Miracles have a price. Jennifer McMahon - Photograph by Zella McMahon – image from Simon & Schuster The book opens in 2000. Jax and Lexie Metcalf are kids, spending summers at Sparrow Crest, which features a castle-like house. The suspect waters having been expanded from holes in the ground to a large, spring-fed pool. To you and me it might seem a forbidding place. To the girls, it is Grandma’s house. They are playing The Dead Game in the pool, seeing who can hold their breath the longest. Lexie does her best to terrify her younger sister that a dead girl named Rita will rise up from the stygian depths and drag her down. Sweet kid, no? After the Y2K intro we settle into two (mostly) time lines. In 2019, Jax (Jacqueline) is a social worker in private practice in Seattle, providing therapy to kids. She is brought back to her grandmother’s home on news that Lex (Alexia) had drowned in the pool. It does nothing for her state of mind that she had been ignoring her sister’s frantic calls for some time. Lexie was known to go off her meds. But Lex had thought she was on to something sinister about the pool and had been gathering data to support her notion. We take a step back in history for timeline two, 1929, to follow the travails of Ethel O’Shay Monroe of Lanesborough, New Hampshire, and her physician husband, Will. (great name, that) It is their eagerness to have a child, and their lack of success at that enterprise, that first brings them to the Springs. At that time a fancy hotel graced the grounds. As the mysteries and terrors of the present confront Jax, Ethel’s adventures in the past peel back layer after layer about the place. Jax and Ethel both provide first person POV for their portions of the book. There are plenty of atmospherics, omens, signs, and dark suggestions about, so that we never forget that there is, or might be, anyway, supernatural goings-on at work. The nearby peaks, for example, are called Lord’s Mountain and Devil’s Mountain. Uh oh. In 1929, local shopkeepers, despite selling jelly jars of the special water, (Genuine Brandenberg Springs Water, 5¢, SURE TO CURE WHAT AILS YOU!) warn Ethel and Will. “Those springs are a dark place,” the woman said. “You’d do best to keep away from them.” I know it’s New England, but I cannot keep from hearing the shopkeepers in a strong Slavic accent, and seeing the Monroes heading to the hotel in a black horse-drawn carriage driven by a coachman, instead of driving themselves in their upscale car. Jax investigates what might have happened to Lexie, and wonders about the reality of the spooky springs (now the spooky pool). Did she really see what she thought she had seen in the insanely dark water? Are the misfortunes at Sparrow Crest driven by…um…misfortune, or bad actors, or something spectral? Water is often seen in literature as a symbol of cleansing, or rebirth, of a baptism of one sort or another. Not this water. If anything, what the Spring offers is an anti-baptism. Cold water bearing the presence of the dead and demanding a payment for the miracles it gives to those who ask. Like a Djinn with a dark sense of humor, who grants wishes in such a way that the wisher is sure to regret having asked for anything. Instead of cleansing, when one bathes in this Spring, one takes on a coating of fear and regret. Well, that is the take of at least some of the (superstitious) locals. Readers who have crossed paths with McMahon before will recognize elements that appear frequently in her stories. (her favorite haunts?) The multiple time lines are common, as are skipping from childhood trauma to adult trauma, and a need to dig through the past to explain both the past and the present. Missing diaries emerge. One must wonder if imaginary friends are really imaginary. Old legends may or may not have a basis in reality. A Vermont resident, McMahon sets most of her stories there, away from civilization, and imbues them with ghosts, or at least the possibility of a ghostly presence. “I’m fascinated by the way the past — both my past and the past of my characters shapes the present. I’m especially interested in secrets that people keep and how that has shaped them. A secret has power, and if you keep it for years and years and it suddenly comes to the surface, lots of exciting things can happen,” she says. - from the Union Leader interviewShe clearly enjoys, and takes inspiration from, many of the tales she has heard of the unexplained. “Things do seem idyllic and beautiful, but every now and then you learn some creepy backstory or hear about a haunted house or a local story that just kind of turns it on its head, and you realize things are not always as idyllic as they seem,” McMahon says of New England living. “I like that. I like to look for those dark corners. I love living in a rural state with all these woods.” - from the Union Leader interviewIn a way her stories, this one certainly, present a story-telling pincer move, as contemporary and historical timelines both advance to common points of revelation. There is plenty in The Drowning Kind to disturb your sleep. But maybe if you need to chill out for a bit you might consider a dip in your nearest pool. No, you did not see anyone at the bottom of the pool. Don’t be silly. That was just your imagination. Come on in. The water’s fine. I just feel like all of us, this family, we’re drowning in secrets…that all the secrets were what gave it its power. -------------------------------------- Open your eyes…the dead have nothing to fear Review posted – April 2, 2021 Publication date – April 6, 2021 =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s personal, Instagram, GR and FB pages Interviews -----Writing Routines - Bestselling Novelist Jennifer McMahon On Index Cards, Getting Out Of Creative Ruts, and Her Magic Writing Cauldron - she gives one of her characters a feature of this sort described here -----Union Leader - Welcome to the creepy, yet surprisingly cheerful, mind of "The Invited' author Jennifer McMahon Songs/Music -----Mazy Fly - Haunted Water -----Fats Domino - I Hear You Knocking – referenced in Chapter 29 -----America - Tin Man Item of Interest from the author -----How to Write a Novel: 7 Tips Everyone Can Use Items of Interest -----Haunted Eureka Springs -----When Death Comes - poem by Mary Oliver – referenced at a service for a character who has died -----Screaming peacocks - Ok, so maybe they’re just calling out, as peacocks do -----I was misinformed -----There’s Something in the Pond by WB

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Creepy. Oh so creepy! 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 Creepy. Oh so creepy! 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 Kind has two timelines. One is told by Ethel O' Shay Monroe. Ethel is a young woman who recently married a doctor. She has a happy marriage except that she's having fertility issues. She wants nothing more than to become a mother but despite trying, no baby is making an appearance. Her husband plans a visit to a grand new hotel and their miracle springs, Brandenburg Springs Hotel and Resort in Vermont. Ethel starts to believe that the springs could be the answer for them. The other timeline is told by Jax in 2019. Jax is a social worker who has to travel to her grandmother's home, Sparrow Crest, after finding out that her estranged sister, Lex, has drowned in the pool. Jax feels guilty since she purposely stayed away from her sister who was bipolar. Eery and suspenseful is the best way I can describe this novel. I was wondering how the two timelines could intersect. Many times, I found myself thinking get away from the freaking water!! Why won’t they listen?? After reading this, I think I might not go into my pool for a while. Never in the dark. Never along. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Gallery via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  17. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    Now available!🙌 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 Now available!🙌 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 set the scene perfectly for The Drowning Kind with a warning, "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." Well thanks for tapping into one of my biggest fears Jennifer! As a kid, I always hated swimming in pools where I couldn't see the bottom. Then the lake at the summer camp where I worked was so dark, and full of slimy plants which grazed my skin like fingers urghhhh! I was totally gripped reading this, and filled with tension, but had to pause reading at night because my little racing heart couldn't take the fear, the eeriness, and the foreboding feeling which grew and grew! I couldn't stop thinking about that dark, icy water! I am a giant wimp though, so most of you will probably find this scary and creepy, but not overly terrifying like I did!😂 Full of jealousy, guilt and mental health issues, The Drowning Kind had a few twists which got me! The captivating writing gave me chills, and as we followed two different timelines, I was fascinated with both stories, particularly Ethel's. The characters were well written, with flaws, and often made unwise choices lets just say! I did find myself shouting at the book a few times, mostly along the line of nooooo stay away from that damn pool! Once I had finished reading, I was surprised to find tears on my face. The ending in this just got me! Despite the tears, I did find that it was a satisfying ending, I wouldn't have wanted it to end in any other way. I am definitely going to read more of this author's work, and absolutely recommend this one if you are looking for a creepy read. What I do know, is that I'm not going swimming for a while... Many thanks to Edelweiss and Simon and Schuster for the DRC, in exchange for an honest review

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    An atmospheric, gothic read that gave me chills and had me second guessing my second guesses.. 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 An atmospheric, gothic read that gave me chills and had me second guessing my second guesses.. 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 goings on in this spring fed pool of darkness in this book. She described the scenes so eloquently that my heart was racing and I was speeding through the pages of them. The Sparrow's Crest estate and it's amazing, healing natural spring water pool is our setting. There are a few narratives happening; one is in the 1920s, with a couple who are starting their life as a newly married couple, one is present day with Jackie having to return to the estate after her sister Lexie is found dead, drowned in the pool, and one is of the sisters in their young days, growing up at Sparrow's Crest visiting their Grandma each summer. All of these stories have the spring pool winding it's way through them. Many people use it for healing and also for wishes but we soon learn that you have to be careful what you wish for.. Lexi and Jackie had a tumultuous relationship before her death and now, Jackie is dealing with guilt over that and also sorting through the mess that was Lexi's life before her untimely end. Add to that the fact that Jackie ignored Lexi's calls the night of her death and the stage is set. The family relationships in this novel are strained and wound tight and I enjoyed watching the tension pull as they interacted. Did I mention that Lexi wasn't the first one to drown in this pool... CREEPY I think the only thing I stumbled on were the interactions in present day that were there to provide the "daytime view" in the gothic novel, the "everything is ok" perspectives. The book lost me a bit with those although I knew they were necessary, I think they felt almost perfunctory and 3/4 the way through, I lost steam and had the book at a 4 but it redeemed itself very quickly once I dove back in, I was SO glad that I did.. the last 1/4 of the book made the ground tilt! I went back and forth on my thoughts of what I was so certain would happen. I was angry at the direction and then all at once, loving it.. Wow!.. after finishing, it was absolutely a 5⭐ for me. If Netflix or someone doesn't make a movie out of this immediately, everyone is crazy! I finished this book at warp speed and sat back and thought, wow.. I loved that! And the gorgeously creepy cover, GREAT read! From the start you are wondering, are we reading old children's ghost stories or are they warning tales of truth? The whole book is like that feeling when you enter a haunted house at a fair, it's all going to be ok right?? Dare you to sit with your feet dangling in the pool at night reading this one... But, even if you prefer it in the light of day, I ++ recommend you get a copy and try not to drown in this deliciously dark and murky tale ♒🌹 **This publishes on April 6th, 2021 and I thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada very much for this advanced reader copy**

  19. 5 out of 5

    Simone St. James

    Jennifer gave me a sneaky early copy of this one. You're going to want to read this. Trust me. Jennifer gave me a sneaky early copy of this one. You're going to want to read this. Trust me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    5 Ghostly Stars 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 5 Ghostly Stars 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 been estranged from her sister Lexie. Lexie lives across the country in their grandmother’s home, which she inherited. Lexie has a history of mental health issues and Jax has tired of bailing her out. The girls grew up spending summers at the house with its springs that some say are haunted. And some say it cures ailments. You just need to be very careful what you wish for at the spring. The storyline from the 1920s features Ethel, a woman in her late thirties who is desperate to have a baby. She married the town doctor a bit later in life and they make a getaway trip to a fantastic hotel in Vermont with a healing spring. The hotel feels like a fairy tale land to Ethel and the two have a wonderful time. It's not surprising that Ethel does make a request at the spring. I don’t want to give more away, but if you like mysterious stories I would highly recommend this one. I was on the edge of my seat for this one and enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. I tried to figure things out along the way and I got a few things right but others not so much! And that ending! Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press for a copy of this one to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Find out what you're afraid of and go live there. 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 Find out what you're afraid of and go live there. 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 social worker based in Seattle, has avoided answering the constant calls and messages from Lexie. Lexie has been diagnosed with manic tendencies and is often off her meds. Jax just doesn't want to deal with her sister and the weight of her problems. They've been estranged for some time. But a new call comes in. It's from her Aunt Diane and the impact of it leaves Jax speechless. Lexie drowned in that pool......Lexie, the champion swimmer of the family. What on earth just happened? As Jax returns to that house in Vermont, she is being eaten up with guilt. Her father and her aunt try to convince her that Lexie was relentless in leaving notes and scraps of papers with odd numbers and writings. Lexie was onto something that only she could see. And how in the world could her family begin to unravel Lexie's last days? Jennifer McMahon switches gears to 1929 in New Hampshire to a woman named Ethel Monroe and her doctor husband. They've been fascinated with the restorative benefits of the spring water at an upscale hotel. Simple water does not bring about simple things. And Ethel and Will may come face-to-face with just that. If you've read any of Jennifer McMahon's books, you know that she tightly winds the creep-o-meter every time. The Drowning Kind is no exception......especially when our minds and imaginations recall experiences of not being able to touch bottom safely in a body of water. And in particular if that water is dark and murky and contains a rotting smell of something unknowable. The Drowning Kind is a fast read with high octane intensity. McMahon is a master when it comes to descriptors involving the unexplainable. Even tiny droplets of water or the whimper of a baby's cry can leave you rushing to the next chapter in this one. Just mark this one down as a must read for 2021. Sometimes the jagged pictures formed in your mind leave the McMahon imprint in just the right place. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Simon & Schuster and to the talented Jennifer McMahon for the opportunity.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Lee | Healing Happy

    The exact type of spooky feels I was looking for! A real page-turner without being too scary. 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 The exact type of spooky feels I was looking for! A real page-turner without being too scary. 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 growing bored and moving on." "She had more guts at six years old than most people show in their lifetime." TW: Self-Harm/Infliction, Death, Occult Rituals, Blood I've yet to read other titles by this author, but I look forward to it. The writing is skilled and I like the way she drew suspense. THE WINTER PEOPLE is one on my tbr as well as a couple of other novels by her. Much gratitude to the publisher Scout Press and author Jennifer McMahon for the paperback ARC I won via the Goodreads Giveaway Program. I was under no obligation to write a review, my honest opinion is freely given. The quotes I chose may not reflect the final publication as the author may have made changes prior to the final print. This title is set to release on 4/13/21.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    If you’re looking for a creepy October read, this paranormal thriller is it!! 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 If you’re looking for a creepy October read, this paranormal thriller is it!! 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 and the water takes.” “Miracles are not without their price” Jennifer McMahon tells a captivating ghost story. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her and this one is added to that list. Thank you to NetGalley, Jennifer McMahon and Gallery/Scout Press, for this free digital ARC in exchange for my honest opinion! My Rating: 4 ⭐️’s Published: April 6th 2021 by Gallery/Scout Press Pages: 336 Recommend: Yes @jennifermcmahon @GalleryBooks @NetGalley #TheDrowningKind #ghoststory #NoRulesJustThrills #InExchangeForReview #JustFinished #NetGalley #ParanormalFiction After publication, my reviews can be found on: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amz... Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/takemeaway21 BN.com, BookBub, Pinterest More on the author: https://jennifer-mcmahon.com

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kat (Books are Comfort Food)

    I LOVED this book. It blew me right out of the water (pun intended). 😉 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 I LOVED this book. It blew me right out of the water (pun intended). 😉 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 Lex has drowned in the natural spring pool under suspicious circumstances. Ethel, back in 1929, is desperate for a child. Her desperation is palpable, going so far as to carry a sparrow’s egg with her because she is quite superstitious. She visits the Brandenburg Springs Hotel, with her husband, and partakes in a swim in the natural springs and makes a plea to the springs to bring her a child. The mysterious Brandenburg Spring is what I consider the be the 3rd character in the book, for It has a life all its own, pulsating with energy, granting wishes and miracles to those who seek it’s powers. But for every miracle there is a price that must be paid since everything that lives has its own life and death balance. This dark pool fuels both storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, slowing down my pace because I didn’t want it to end. Even now, after I’ve finished the book, I think of the beauty of Sparrow Crest and long to see the pool in the sunlight, the ripples, dancing In the sun. However, I would never break my rule of swimming in water where I cannot see the bottom. 😊

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Hot Diggity Dang, this is one I am excited to talk about!!! Warning: It is no beach read! Don't read this one while lounging around any water!!! Why have I waited so long to read a book by this author? I now have a few other books waiting for Lindsay and me to dive into right away. The Drowning Kind has all the elements I love in a thriller and more with the supernatural elements to the story. It's haunting, thrilling, suspenseful, atmospheric, devilishly horrifying, and full of tension. It has Hot Diggity Dang, this is one I am excited to talk about!!! Warning: It is no beach read! Don't read this one while lounging around any water!!! Why have I waited so long to read a book by this author? I now have a few other books waiting for Lindsay and me to dive into right away. The Drowning Kind has all the elements I love in a thriller and more with the supernatural elements to the story. It's haunting, thrilling, suspenseful, atmospheric, devilishly horrifying, and full of tension. It has one of the best protagonist I have seen in a story, but not one I want to get up close with. Not only is it the protagonist, but it's also the setting, and it one vivid, creepy, and chilling in more ways than one. After a tragic loss, Jax returns to her Grandma's estate, where she and her sister Lexie spent summers swimming in the pool, and Lexie lived. The pool is fed by a natural spring, but that not all that feeds it. It's filled with frigid, pitch-black water that appears to be bottomless. Doesn't sound so inviting does it? The pool has a history of giving and taking something from its visitors. It has secrets it's not quickly going to give up. It's perfectly paced and layered with the pool giving up its horrifying and haunting secrets, twists, turns, and reveals just at the right time to send those delightful chills up my spine. It has a great beginning and ending, and the tension builds with each page right up to that chilling ending that left me reeling after finishing. I highly recommend it. I received a copy from the publisher on NetGalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    While I mostly enjoyed The Drowning Kind, it definitely wasn't a five star read for me. 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. Not While I mostly enjoyed The Drowning Kind, it definitely wasn't a five star read for me. 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. Not once did I connect with any of these characters, which was surprising, as I loved the characters in The Invited. I also felt the story became a bit repetitive. But...do you want to know the main reason this book is not getting a terribly high rating from me? The conclusion. I literally read the epilogue three times, trying to wrap my head around everything...but it wasn't one of those, "Oh my God, so clever!" feelings. It was more of a, "Wow. Did she really write such a disappointing ending?" reaction. I was underwhelmed. However, despite it all, I actually do still recommend this book and the rest of Jennifer McMahon's library. Although this wasn't my favorite, I still believe the atmospheric depths within this story were incredibly well-done and deserve to be admired far and wide. Plus, JM is a fine and talented writer. It's really as simple as that. I'd also like to take a moment to mention that GORGEOUS book cover, and the clever title. Both immediately pulled me in and made this book a "must-read." Available April 6, 2021 3.25 stars I was gifted a digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. My sincere thanks to NetGalley, Edelweiss+, and Gallery/Scout Press.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Jax's phone continuously rings all night but she refuses to answer when she knows her sister Lexie is in one of her manic states because she went off her meds again. Nothing could have prepared her for the news the next day that Lexie had drowned in her pool. Guilt ridden and heart heavy Jax flies immediately out to her grandmother's house which now belongs to Lexie where both girls spent every summer growing up and swimming in the same pool that that has now taken Lexie's life. How could that b Jax's phone continuously rings all night but she refuses to answer when she knows her sister Lexie is in one of her manic states because she went off her meds again. Nothing could have prepared her for the news the next day that Lexie had drowned in her pool. Guilt ridden and heart heavy Jax flies immediately out to her grandmother's house which now belongs to Lexie where both girls spent every summer growing up and swimming in the same pool that that has now taken Lexie's life. How could that be? Lexie was an excellent swimmer, a fish in water actually. How could she be gone? Memories come back to Jax about someone else drowning in that pool. This can't happen again, can it? In 1929 Ethel Monroe's husband whisked her away for a long weekend in Vermont to a new and luxury hotel built over and around a natural spring. Rumor has it the springs have healing abilities and if you make a true wish from your heart that wish will be granted but at what price. Ethel knows these are only stories so what could it hurt if she made a wish. Can wishes really come true at the springs? Wow! What have I just read? This story was so hauntingly eerie where I was just mesmerized by the atmospheric writing. I could not stop myself from reading page after page into the night needing to know what would happen next. The book is told between two storylines that mesh together perfectly. At some point I'd be so caught up in the surrealistic writing that I wasn't sure if certain events were taking place or just belonging to an overworked imagination. This story was so much more than a mystery/thriller yet too beautiful to be considered horror yet at times it was very creepy along with the feelings of dread that some horror books can skillfully bring into play. I was undecided between 4 - 4 1/2 stars until the shocking and mind-boggling conclusion and there was no doubt that this was a five star book. Again, Wow! I had to re-read the last chapter to make sure I was completely understanding what I had just read. Incredibly fantastic and achingly beautiful! I want to thank first the author "Jennifer McMahon", the publisher "Gallery Books" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this Incredible story and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a dark, subtle horror yet filled with brooding suspense and mystery then this book is for you and I have given a rating of 5 Surreal And Captivating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    More Than a Game 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 Than a Game 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 children but it becomes even creepier as the story builds. Rumors persist about other past drownings and as the plot unfolds, we learn more about Jax and Lexie’s ancestors and the history of the pool. I wasn’t sure when I began, but I ended up really liking this book! It had a lot more heart than I’d expected and I found it to be melancholy in a good way - if there is such a thing. I also liked how the author unwrapped the family’s story piece by piece. I didn’t think I was one for ghost stories but this is my second consecutive read in the genre and I really enjoyed them. Thank you to the publisher for my gifted copy and EW for facilitating.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?

    The Drowning Kind is an excellent eerie and chilling story covering two periods. Jackie (aka Jax) 2019 tells us the story of how she and her sister Lexie (aka Lex) were dropped off by their parents to spend every summer at their grandmother Margaret’s home, Sparrow Crest, in Brandenburg, Vermont. The house was large and there was a natural pool on the property, fed by the Brandenburg Springs, which had legendry healing powers and was known to fulfill wishes. Some would warn, however, that for ev The Drowning Kind is an excellent eerie and chilling story covering two periods. Jackie (aka Jax) 2019 tells us the story of how she and her sister Lexie (aka Lex) were dropped off by their parents to spend every summer at their grandmother Margaret’s home, Sparrow Crest, in Brandenburg, Vermont. The house was large and there was a natural pool on the property, fed by the Brandenburg Springs, which had legendry healing powers and was known to fulfill wishes. Some would warn, however, that for every gift the Springs bestowed, it exacted a heavy toll in return. It is not surprising that those who are desperate do not heed this warning. The two sisters were thick as thieves and the best of friends. They would run wild with their friends all summer long, looking for adventure, and spending many hours in the icy black pool. Lex was the wilder of the sisters, the more imaginative and artistic of the two, but more prone to weird episodes. Jax is now a grown woman, a psychologist, living about as far away as she can get from her sister Lex, and she has rarely spoken with her in the year since her grandmother passed away and left her house to Lexie. Lexie is bipolar, regularly goes off her meds, and flies off the deep end when doing so. In fact, all of Jackie’s descriptions of Lexie seem to indicate that she was rarely stable. Jax, who is exhausted by this, arrives home from work to ignore yet another telephone message from Lex. The manic rantings were nothing new to Jax. When the unanswered calls and messages persisted Jax eventually called back – but there was no answer. After several more attempts to ring back, Jax contacts her Aunt Diane, who lives in Brandenburg, and asks her to look in on Lexie. Her aunt informs her that Lexie was found dead floating in the pool. Jackie flies to Vermont to settle her sister’s affairs, only to find the house in complete disarray. Notes on scraps of paper strewn all over, dirty dishes and rotting food on every surface, broken fixtures….Jackie is bereft at having cut her sister out of her life and now she is sorry. As she cleans and puts Lexie’s things in order she sees that Lexie was sorting out a history of the family, Brandenburg, and the Springs. In 1929, Dr. Will Monroe and his wife Ethel are deeply in love and devoted to each other. They would love children, but Ethel does not seem able to get pregnant after many years of hoping and praying. Will comes home one day and tells his wife that they are going to take a vacation and go to the very plush new Brandenburg Springs Hotel and Resort. Ethel learns that the Springs have special healing power and can grant wishes. Of course, she uses the Springs to make her wish for a child….be careful what you wish for – she has been warned. Once you partake of the water, you are forever bound to it. Young children and others have died in the black acrid water of the Brandenburg Springs. Those who choose to bathe in the springs do not tell of the apparitions they see in the waters, embarrassed to give voice to their hallucinations. Some felt themselves pushed into the water; others felt themselves being pulled down into the water. Lexie was obsessed with the mystery of the Spring before she died. The Brandenburg Springs drownings are the real story in the book, and the Springs are the main character. The Springs are creepy and spooky, and made the hair at the nape of my neck tickle. This is a super quick read since the pages flip at high speed through most of the book. I was a little confused by the ending. I wasn’t quite sure who was alive and who was dead …. I tried going back to figure it out and I guess maybe the ending is intended to be ambiguous, but if any of my GR Friends have an opinion, please shed some light. Huge thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Books / Scout Press for an ARC of this book. I loved it!!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Audio or my audiobook. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. The book is told through two different POVs from different timelines. The narration from the past adds an extra layer of creepiness to this already eerie mystery. There were many times I felt a chill while listening to this ominous tale of hope and loss. This story both clutched at my heart and frightened me at the same time. The Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Audio or my audiobook. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. The book is told through two different POVs from different timelines. The narration from the past adds an extra layer of creepiness to this already eerie mystery. There were many times I felt a chill while listening to this ominous tale of hope and loss. This story both clutched at my heart and frightened me at the same time. The sense of foreboding and dread is expertly woven into every spooky event leading to a satisfying conclusion. If you like your suspense with a dash of the perfect combination of apprehension and fear, then this is a must read!

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