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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,030 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Goodman Narrator: Christine Marshall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467435
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Theirs was an idyllic friendship; their experiences together at Penrose College the very best that life could offer. But that was then. Stained glass artist Juno McKay is forced to confront the events that shattered the intense friendship between herself, her best friend, Christine, and her husband, Neil, when she discovers, after years of absence, that Christine is to deliver a lecture at their college reunion. Despite her misgivings, Juno finds herself compelled to attend the lecture about the history of one of Penrose College’s most hallowed works of art. The stir Christine creates with her discoveries is unprecedented, but when she is discovered floating in the Hudson River after having apparently committed suicide, Juno is forced to confront the truth of their past, and the chilling emotional truths she thought she had buried forever. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An artful thriller, with rich, vivid descriptions of works of art, Hudson River Valley scenery, and the knotty inner terrain of its characters’ hearts.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Filled with descriptions of beautiful Hudson River scenery and references to mythology and art, this gripping novel will hold the reader’s attention until the very last page.”

    Library Journal

  • “Goodman immerses readers in a fun and quirky mystery and at the same time explores universal themes of loss and disappointment and the redeeming possibilities of creativity, friendship, and work.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Deftly plotted and certainly intriguing…Infused with the sinister aura of its setting, a rundown river town with the crenulated towers of an insane asylum rising in the background. The Drowning Tree has its twists and shudders.”

    New York Daily News

  • “It is an unalloyed pleasure to witness a writer growing into the fullness of early promise. Carol Goodman, who writes unusually rich literary suspense, hits her stride with The Drowning Tree.”

    Denver Post

  • “Christine Marshall fits herself into the role of Juno, who, as storyteller, invests herself in the outcome of the investigation. Marshall also presents distinct voices for the core group of characters, maintaining a good pace as the plot details the history and interrelations of those involved.”

    AudioFile

  • A 2005 Mary Higgins Clark Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 2/18/2014

    " Maybe I'm just not a reader of thrillers, but I struggled like crazy through this, and ultimatley felt like it had been pretty much a waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marykay | 2/18/2014

    " Pretty good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Truog | 2/17/2014

    " I keep reading her books thinking I'm going to like them... and then I never like them quite as much as I think I will. Literary thrillers... this one involves pre-Raphaelite art, a small women's college, and a mental institution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Bowman | 2/8/2014

    " I found this book on a charity shop shelf in the UK and bought it because its set in and around my home area of Hyde Park NY. I'm so glad I did. It kept me riveted. I've already picked up another of hers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dani | 1/24/2014

    " Seems to try hard tobe "literary" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 The Twins | 1/20/2014

    " Didn't really like it, a bit too arty farty for my liking - no real highpoints but a surprising ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 1/14/2014

    " Engaging, with enough twists to keep a reader happy. You will be guessing right up until the reveal "whodunit." The first book i have read by this author and certainly not the last. Quick, easy read. Try it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daffy | 1/9/2014

    " An intelligent mystery with sympathetic characters which maintained my interest to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 12/23/2013

    " A book that I will read again. Past favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 12/1/2013

    " I didn't guess "who dun it" which I liked. Good story teller. I will look for her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 11/27/2013

    " I like Carol Goodman's books a lot for the literary, classical, and mythological references, but they always feel a bit melodramatic to me. "The Drowning Tree" was no different, but the twists at the end seemed particularly out of nowhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babs | 2/8/2013

    " I enjoyed the suspense of the story and all the references to places in the Hudson Valley of NY using names close to real places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Baggott | 1/19/2013

    " Enjoyed this book, an easy read . However did find the pace of the story line a little slow at times . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 12/31/2012

    " Same as with Lake of Dead Languages, this Carol Goodman novel also had me on edge. She is great at mixing history and fiction. I just love her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/14/2012

    " Very similiar to the other Goodman book I read earlier this summer in a VC Andrews kind of way. Fun the first time.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ♥Alyssa♥ | 10/30/2012

    " it was awesome the book was very interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Vielhaber | 7/8/2012

    " Siehe: "The seduction of water" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 6/16/2012

    " This was a good quick read, not really a terribly intellectual book, but entertaining enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 6/13/2012

    " Wonderful read. Good story about a woman and the death of her friend, all tied together with a stained glass window. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 5/20/2012

    " Loved it -- I've loved all I've read of Goodman's thus far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 3/10/2012

    " Very heavy in art and mythology and I am not. Was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nsimpson145 | 11/5/2011

    " I love the way this woman writes. When I grow up I want to write like her. The story was interesting but she has a careful pace that might turn away people looking only for a quick read. I thought however, the book was well planned and I was completely drawn in. Loved every moment reading it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 9/19/2011

    " Great imagery throughout the book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anja | 6/11/2011

    " las wel aardig weg, maar weinig spanning "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 The | 5/15/2011

    " Didn't really like it, a bit too arty farty for my liking - no real highpoints but a surprising ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/28/2011

    " Good read, liked the other books by her better. Too sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 3/18/2011

    " I keep reading her books thinking I'm going to like them... and then I never like them quite as much as I think I will. Literary thrillers... this one involves pre-Raphaelite art, a small women's college, and a mental institution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 2/24/2011

    " Engaging, with enough twists to keep a reader happy. You will be guessing right up until the reveal "whodunit." The first book i have read by this author and certainly not the last. Quick, easy read. Try it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/4/2011

    " Interesting read. Combines art, classic literature, and mystery. Entertaining and engaging. Quick, light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 11/22/2010

    " A fun read - one that kept me up late wondering whodunnit? Whodunnit? Lots of wonderful arts & crafts movement material, plus poetry - I liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/24/2010

    " Book club book #7 - Carolyn's pick
    (was originally The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe, but the writing was so bizarre she got a "do-over") "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 8/6/2010

    " I didn't guess "who dun it" which I liked. Good story teller. I will look for her other books. "

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About the Author
Author Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman (a.k.a. Juliet Dark) is a critically acclaimed literary suspense writer whose novels include The Night Villa and The Lake of Dead Languages. Her novels have won the Hammett Prize and have been nominated for the Dublin/IMPAC Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages.

About the Narrator

Christine Marshall is an actress, director, and designer living in Portland, Maine. She teaches for the Maine State Ballet and produces plays with her theater company, Mad Horse. In addition to audiobooks, she records the online version of the New Yorker.