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Monday, March 28, 2011

review: drowned sorrow by Vanessa Morgan

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. 
- Loran Eisely, The Immense Journey, 1957

Drowned Sorrow
Megan Blackwood is a successful investigative reporter for national television. her teenage son's suicide irrevocably alters her world. she divorces her husband Michael and quits her job to be with her daughter Jenna. 7 months after her son's death, they head off to Moonlight Creek for the summer. the small village seems like a great spot to get away from it all. there is something, however, about the lake, the water and the inhabitants that does not add up. their perfect vacation becomes the perfect setting for a horrifying tableaux that neither of them wanted to be a part of.
this is my second Vanessa Morgan read and she always gets into me.  i mentioned in my review of The Strangers Outside how that short story creeped me out. this time, i had a strange dream the very night i was done reading Drowned Sorrow. i was in a room with some members of my family and water was rushing inside. somehow i found myself on top of a bookshelf and was screaming at everyone to avoid the water at all cost! i woke up relieved to find out that i was in bed - warm, safe and very dry.
Drowned Sorrow is more than just a scary, fast-paced ride into the unknown. it is also a story of a mother's struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one.  i read somewhere that one of the most painful human experiences is for a mother to lose her child and vice-versa. i have gone through that when i lost my Mom and believe me, it is anything but painful.
water sustains life and without it every living thing would perish. that is a given. Vanessa Morgan takes this reality further and fancifully twists it into something so original and frightening that dying of thirst might prove to be a better option.
read this book to find out why and the next time you drink water or go for a swim, think again. don't say that i didn't warn you.  

my personal rating is:   

Drowned Sorrow may contain material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under

this video features scenes from the film adaptation of Vanessa Morgan's The Strangers Outside. the music is Alex Corbi's Avalon.

TRIVIA: if you want to see the town where The Strangers Outside took place, check out this post from Vanessa Morgan http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/2011/03/westende-town-from-strangers-outside.html

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a pdf copy of Drowned Sorrow from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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