AUDIOBOOK + BOOK REVIEW: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon #TheDrowningKind @ScoutPressBooks @SimonAudio @GalleryBooks

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press + Simon & Schuster Audio

Release Date: April 06, 2021

Genre: Adult Fiction / Supernatural Suspense


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.

My Thoughts

If you have been following my reviews for a while you probably know I am a huge fan of Jennifer McMahon. I haven’t read all of her older books yet, but I’m almost there, and every time she has a new book coming out I know I have to read it. The Winter People will probably always be my favorite by her, and I keep waiting for one of her newer books to match the creepiness she put into that one. Unfortunately, that book was not The Drowning Kind, but it sure was a fun atmospheric read. I was already afraid of the water since I don’t know how to swim, but now you definitely won’t find me going into a pool, spring, or lake anytime soon! I really liked both timelines in the book, which is a present-day 2019, and a past time period of 1929. There are two narrators for the audiobook (Joy Osmanski & Imani Jade Powers), and I personally loved both of them. The audio is on the longer side at almost 12 hours, but it didn’t feel that long at all.

I am a little obsessed with the cover of The Drowning Kind, and it is seriously perfect for this book. The water is a character in itself and there were plenty of parts on the creepier side, but this definitely wasn’t an I NEED to have the lights on type of read. I think it had a lot more potential and I really wish McMahon would have capitalized on that. This book also leaves quite a few unanswered questions which I wasn’t a huge fan of, and I wish the two timelines would have tied together better. They felt like two totally different stories, and I kept waiting for a tie-in that never really came. The end was also a bit of a disappointment for me, although it did take a minute to figure out exactly what it was getting at. A bit lackluster for what could have been an amazing book, but I am still completely here for anything McMahon writes and I do love her writing. The Drowning Kind was unputdownable and I always enjoy the creepiness this author brings to her novels.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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