My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Laurel Hawthorne is a woman with secrets, which she believed she’d left behind when she married David and moved into a posh gated community. Until, that is, the night that their daughter’s friend drowned in the Hawthornes’ pool, a terrible event that put a huge crack in Laurel’s carefully maintained facade. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is a riveting, Southern gothic, family drama, driven by the skeletons in Laurel’s closet, her fear for her own daughter, and her love-hate relationship with her glamorous older sister, Thalia. Did someone cause Mollie’s drowning? Was it an accident or a murder? What does daughter Shelby know that she isn’t telling? Does David have a mistress? Do ghosts really appear to Laurel? And, underlying all these foreboding questions is an even darker one, about a death that occurred during her childhood.
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is a real page turner, from the first to the final chapters.