They Drown Our Daughters book reaview

Posted August 16, 2022 by geograph in contemporary, horror, paranormal, queer, review, sapphic, YA / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

They Drown Our Daughters book reaviewThey Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe
on July 12, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Feminist, Fiction / Ghost, Fiction / Gothic, Fiction / Horror, Fiction / LGBTQ+ / Lesbian, Fiction / Occult & Supernatural, Fiction / Sea Stories, Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural, Fiction / Women
Pages: 384
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

"The best kind of story—one that will both break your heart and scare the hell out of you." —Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Children on the Hill

If you can hear the call of the water,

It's already far too late.

They say Cape Disappointment is haunted. That's why tourists used to flock there in droves. They'd visit the rocky shoreline under the old lighthouse's watchful eye and fish shells from the water as they pretended to spot dark shapes in the surf. Now the tourists are long gone, and when Meredith Strand and her young daughter return to Meredith's childhood home after an acrimonious split from her wife, the Cape seems more haunted by regret than any malevolent force.

But her mother, suffering from early stages of Alzheimer's, is convinced the ghost stories are real. Not only is there something in the water, but it's watching them. Waiting for them. Reaching out to Meredith's daughter the way it has to every woman in their line for generations—and if Meredith isn't careful, all three women, bound by blood and heartbreak, will be lost one by one to the ocean's mournful call.

Part queer modern gothic, part ghost story, They Drown Our Daughters explores the depths of motherhood, identity, and the lengths a woman will go to hold on to both.

This book started out really good, but as it continued it felt like it dragged on a lot for me. I mostly wanted to find out what the ending was which is why I continued slogging through it, and the end delivers well. It’s also about generational trauma and that’s always pretty neat. I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks, and I’m not sure how I Personally Feel about the mother/daughter relationships in these books. IDK! We’re going to go for three and a half stars for this fantastically unhelpful review, rounded up for Netgalley/Goodreads.

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