The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jennifer McMahon is one of my absolute favorite authors for spooky reading and The Drowning Kind did not disappoint.
Jax is a character I can relate to in an almost scary personal level. We both have a deceased sibling that suffered from bipolar disorder, and we come from a family that prefers to keep things in the dark and in the past. I immediately understood the frustration of handling someone with erratic behaviors, the highs and lows of mania and the subsequent depression. I won’t even get into my other family issues, but already knowing where Jax was coming from made this story hit a little bit different.
McMahon’s method of storytelling takes the reader back and forth from the present and the past in a way that slowly peels back the layers of mystery and reveals the frightening conclusion. Even if you think you have predicted the ending, there are still a few unforeseen surprises. Each character brings a necessary component and is fully and expertly developed.
I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and I will agonizingly await for McMahon’s next creation.
Thank you, Gallery Books, for the advanced copy. The opinions are my own.
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