Monday, April 5, 2021

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon


Goodreads Blurb:

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

Things I liked:

1) The dual timelines. This was done in a unique way. I don't think I have read anything like this.

2) I normally don't love anything to do with history but I was invested in both timelines equally.

3) I went into this book pretty blind. I think its a book you really need to do that with

4) This was my first book by this author and I don't think it will be my last.

Things I was not fond of:

1) I wasn't a fan of how Jax and Lexie were compared to each other a lot by family and friends. You can tell that it affected Jax a lot in adulthood.

2) Some of the family members are pretty sketchy people. For the most part a pretty normal family but those few weren't my favorite.

Overall I think this book had a lot of great things and the writing was rather addicting. Would recommend to pick it if you like this author.

My rating: ♥♥♥♥

*I received this book from Edelweiss and Netgalley for an honest review*

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