The Drowning Kind

 TITLE: The Drowning Kind 
AUTHOR: Jennifer McMahon
SYNOPSIS: 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.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
RATING: ★★★ ½

Jennifer has created a world I want to visit, the issue is, I likely won’t survive. With the promise of granting wishes and healing impossible aliments, the Springs at Sparrow Crest sound amazing, almost too good to be true. But as with all great things in life, everything has its cost.

The story follows two women: Ethel, the desperate wife dealing with infertility, and Jax, social worker and sister of the Springs’ newest victim. I thought the two storylines floated effortlessly into each other as things progressed for Jax, they unfolded for us with Ethel.  I do want to note the two narrators were a nice touch, but I found Ethel’s more aloof, but maybe that is the character and on purpose.
I noticed the Springs largely stole women, but maybe that is a feminist approach to the siren-esque mythos. Kudos to the queer and mental health rep! I should mention a suicide TW as it is a small part.

I have one big problem: What happened to Declan? Why was his storyline even important? What did any of that mean? Was it just Jax’s slipping mental state? I feel like this part left more questions than added to the story and could have technically been edited out.

I want to know what happens now.  Will the Springs at Sparrow Crest live on? What happens if there are no more victims to feed it? Can the Springs not exist? 

For McMahon’s eloquent prose and use of language, I gave THE DROWNING KIND 3.5 stars. I am excited to visit more of her work.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for a gifted copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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