Review: Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan

Posted February 8th, 2012 in book review / Leave a comment

Drowned Sorrow

by Vanessa Morgan

Publisher: Llumina Press (Self-published)
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Pages: 188 (eBook)
Source: Review Request by Author
Purchase at: Amazon / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Megan Blackwood has just lost her only son in a terrible accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter Jenna, hoping a change of scenery might help to put her life and that of her daughter back together.

But something odd is going on in Moonlight Creek. When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the place deserted with the first rays of sunshine. Beneath the lake’s surface, an eerie presence watches … and waits …. Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn’t bode well for visitors.

By the time Megan realizes that her life, as well as that of her daughter, is in danger, it may be too late to escape.

The Good
Let me start off by saying that the author let me know that there is a movie of this book in the making and that Drew Barrymore is slated to direct. I want to congratulate Morgan for this huge step in her amazing career. I wish her the best.

I was heartbroken from the beginning of this story, sweated from fear and trepidation in the middle, and wanting to cry by the end. Drowned Sorrow was a rollercoaster ride of mystery, horror, and overall creepiness.

Megan has always put her job before her family. But after the death of her son and proceeding divorce from her husband, all Megan wants to do is try to rekindle her relationship with her daughter, Jenna, and save the family she so long neglected. Megan and Jenna have drifted apart since the tragedy and a vacation is just what they need to let go of past hurts and move forward. But Moonlight Creek is not all they hoped it would be. It’s a town where the townspeople only come out of their houses during overcast, rainy days and where the general store only sells water, not food. After some odd and downright frightening experiences, Megan realizes Moonlight Creek is not safe for outsiders. But when she and her daughter try to leave, that’s when all hell breaks loose.

Though the beginning was a bit slow for me (I will admit that the suicide of Megan’s son in the first chapter of the book did evoke some strong emotions that kept me reading), once the book picked up, it REALLY picked up. I couldn’t put the book down after the halfway point. More than a few times goosebumps showered my skin as the most eerie things I have ever read occurred in this freakish town. I couldn’t help but put myself in certain situations and wonder what I would do. Probably die from fright, to be honest.

Megan was a hard character to like. She has a hard time caring about her family as much as she cares about her job. But she truly does try to do the right thing after her son’s death. She wants to save her family and has taken steps to ensure this. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong town to vacation in. She tries to be strong for her daughter, and you can’t help but admire her determination to survive.

I feel Jenna was the better character in this book. She had emotion that pulled you in, she had a strong will that was fun to see in action, and she even had a bit of mystery around her. She loves her parents but knows that her brother’s death might have changed the dynamics of her family forever.

The horror in Drowned Sorrow was undeniably terrifying, and the townspeople were downright disturbing. I didn’t know what to expect from them, and the unknown always makes me nervous. The paranormal aspect was very original and the twist at the end really took this book to a whole new level of intriguing.

The Bad
Though I liked the story overall, I just didn’t like the disjointed feel of so many points of view. It got a little hectic, and I started wanting to put the book down because I got bored with some people’s point of view. It made the story drag a bit.  

Megan just seemed a little idiotic to me. She had so many warnings and creepy things happen that when she continued to stay in the weird town, I just started hoping something bad would happen to her because of her stupidity. Megan, as a character, was not likable. Though it didn’t bother me too much, I just thought I would mention it for those who hate unlikable main characters.

There were some inconsistencies in this book that may cause you to read a page over again in confusion. A little more editing was definitely in order.

The Snuggly
Nothing really romantic in this paranormal suspense. No sex either. It’s pretty clean. But there is love between characters, a type of caring that causes bad things to happen.

I had fun reading this book. The suspense was intense and the horror was abundant. Megan isn’t my favorite character of all time, and the inconsistencies where a bit annoying, but the overall story was interesting. I know for a fact that when this book is made into a movie, I will be there the first day it comes out. Suspense fans will enjoy this book very much.


Megan gasped as something brushed against her back. Startled, she flipped over and treaded water, glancing down into the water around her. She turned in circles, didn’t see anything. She glanced again at the shoreline, content to see Jenna still there on the beach. She turned to look around her once more, surprised to find a man’s head and shoulders emerging from under the water. She hadn’t seen anyone swimming this close to her, but then, she hadn’t really been paying that much attention as she’d floated. The man’s face seemed awfully pale to her, and he stared wide-eyed and unblinking at her.
Seconds later, another face popped up to the surface, followed by yet another. Her heart began to pound. She offered a tentative smile and turned around, intending to head back to shore, but yet another man blocked her view of the beach. The hair on the back of her neck rose, and incredibly enough, the water seemed to grow even colder.

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