29.9.11

Book Review: The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore

Living in a coastal town with her son Alfie, young widow, Sarah Grey is rebuilding her life. But following an inadvertent seance, she is plagued by horrific visions and soon, it seems she is the target of a terrifying haunting...
Convinced that the ghost is that of a 19th Century local witch with her own namesake, Sarah delves into local folklore and learns that the witch was seen as evil incarnate. When a series of old letters surface, Sarah discovers that nothing is as it seems, maybe not even the ghost of Sarah Grey...
I love a good ghost story so I was really looking forward to this one and Syd Moore did not disappoint. I loved that the author did not go for the usual cliches, Sarah does not move into a spooky old house, she does not live in a deserted area, instead she is a working mum who seemingly has had a bit of bad luck. After inviting the ghost in without even realising it, Sarah begins having some terrifying experiences. She hears voices and sees ghostly images, when her young son Alfie experiences them too, she knows she has to do something.
Sarah believes she is being haunted by her namesake, Sarah Grey, a local woman believed to be a witch in the 19th Century. Sarah has to visit local folklore to find some answers, this persistent ghost is clearly trying to tell her something and Sarah must do everything she can to reveal the truth.
The Drowning Pool is a really good read. Syd Moore has written a gripping plot and I definitely thought twice about turning the light off after reading this. As Autumn approaches, it is the perfect time of year for this type of book so look out for it, The Drowning Pool is published today.

Many thanks to Avon for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Dot Scribbles Rating 4/5

5 comments:

Vivienne said...

Oh how I want this! I do so love a good ghost story. It sounds a bit like a Barbara Erskine book! She is one of my favourite authors.

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

This sounds wonderful! I do love a good ghost story myself and this books sounds perfect for me. Great review!

P.S. I can't wait for your review of Distant Hours.

Dot said...

Vivienne- I've only read one Barbara Erskine but I really enjoyed it.

Irena- I am loving The Distant Hours, hoping to finish it by this weekend!

Nikki-ann said...

I saw this one on the shelves at Tesco this evening, but I'm trying not to buy at the moment so left it there. Having read your review, I may have to add it to my wishlist! :)

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