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Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty. Coming from a family with a literal skeleton in their closet, she’s developed this talent all her life, whether helping her willful mother to smooth over the reality of her family’s ugly past, or elevating humble scraps of unwanted fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts.
Her sister Thalia, an impoverished “Actress” with a capital A, is her opposite, and prides herself in exposing the lurid truth lurking behind life’s everyday niceties. And while Laurel’s life was neatly on track, a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in lovely suburban Victorianna, everything she holds dear is thrown into question the night she is visited by an apparition in her bedroom. The ghost appears to be her 14-year-old neighbor Molly Dufresne, and when Laurel follows this ghost , she finds the real Molly floating lifeless in her swimming pool. While the community writes the tragedy off as a suicide, Laurel can’t. Reluctantly enlisting Thalia’s aid, Laurel sets out on a life-altering investigation that triggers startling revelations about her own guarded past, the truth about her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.
Richer and more rewarding than any story from Joshilyn Jackson, THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING is destined both to delight Jackson’s loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.
There are many things I liked about the book – the mystery, the ghosts, and the dynamics between the two sisters. The author brings out the good and terrible things that make up a family – it is both funny and filled with irony. Family fights but they always make up and always have each other’s backs. I enjoyed the flow for the most part. The ending was both predictable yet surprising. I knew what happened before I was halfway through the book but I was a little off on the motive.
The thing I did not like was how the author kept switching from present to past – I think some of these flashbacks could have been eliminated but that is my opinion. I found it confusing and less interesting because of it. The book overall was good and I ended up liking both Laurel and Thalia – I could relate to Thalia more and could see my sister more in Laurel.
I give the book a “B” for the switching back and forth. The history provided was good but going back and forth was giving me whiplash.