Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Posted by Dina N
In May, I hosted a giveaway for The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson. Five of my lucky readers won this book, courtesy of Hachette Book Group. I also received my review copy and last night was up way after my usual bedtime because I just could not put it down! I finished it after midnight, and although I am feeling a bit sleep deprived, I cannot wait to share my thoughts.
Laurel has a picture perfect life: a beautiful home, successful husband, adorable teenage daughter. One night, this peaceful existence is shattered when her daughter's best friend is found drowned in their pool. Laurel must find out the truth about the girl's death before it destroys everything she holds dear. In her search, Laurel has to confront her own painful past and deal with her family's secrets before the ghost of the drowned girl can be put to rest.
Joshilyn Jackson is a master storyteller, peeling layer after layer of deception, until she leads the reader to what really happened to The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. Laurel's quest is painful yet redeeming, and she finds truths of her own while uncovering the secrets of her family and friends.
Ms. Jackson said in an interview once that her book was about poverty. This is certainly true - poverty not just as in lack of money but also in terms of moral and emotional depravity. In my opinion, this book is also about family, love, and truth, about asking and finding forgiveness, and facing one's darkest demons in order to move on.
I greatly enjoyed this book, and recommend that you check it out.