This Months Challenge

Ending 30/07/2013:
Pick a book off your shelves that you have yet to read (or that you wish to re-read) that falls into the category: Set in a completely fictional world
Example Authors: Feist, Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, David Gemmell

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Review: The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore

After finished Warm Bodies, I decided to start another book I'd had sitting on my shelf for a while.

I bought it for £2.99 at a little book shop in Helmsley, and it sounded great.

Here's the summary: After her world is shaken by a series of unexplained events, young widow Sarah Grey soon comes to realize that she is the victim of a terrifying haunting by her 19th century namesake…A classic ghost story with a modern twist by a talented new writer in the genre. Relocated to a coastal town, widowed teacher Sarah Grey is slowly rebuilding her life, along with her young son Alfie. But after an inadvertent séance one drunken night, her world is shaken when she starts to experience frightening visions. She tries to explain them away. But Alfie sees them too and Sarah believes that they have become the targets of a terrifying haunting. Convinced that the ghost is that of a 19th Century local witch and namesake, Sarah delves into local folklore and learns that the witch was thought to have been evil incarnate. When a series of old letters surface, Sarah discovers that nothing and nothing is as it seems, maybe not even the ghost of Sarah Grey…

I had high hopes for this book. I wanted something scary, because it's not a genre I often read. However, this really wasn't what I ended up getting.

Book name: The Drowning Pool
Author: Syd Moore
How long did it take to read: 7-14 days
Review: Not quite what I expected. Definitely odd at times, and when reading at night it got me looking out for ghosts before sleep. But I expected it to be scarier I guess.
There was a very contemporary feel to this book, which I didn't expect at all. I definitely enjoyed the characters though, and I enjoyed all the back sliding into Sarah Grey's life (that is the ghost Sarah Grey, not the protagonist Sarah Grey).
However, the ending seemed a little...well it was a bit of a cop out. So much could have happened, it could have been amazing. Instead I finished the book feeling a bit like...meh.
Rating out of 10: 5

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