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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshilyn Jackson Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she’s helping her mother keep family skeletons in the closet or sewing her acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister, Thalia, is her opposite, an impoverished actress who prides herself on exposing the lurid truths lurking behind middle class niceties.

While Laurel’s life seems neatly on track—a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, a lovely suburban home—everything she holds dear is threatened the night she is visited by the ghost of her thirteen-year-old neighbor, Molly. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly, floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne’s backyard pool. Molly’s death is an unseemly mystery that no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving, so Laurel enlists Thalia’s help, even though she knows it comes with a high price tag.

Together, they set out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about their family’s haunted past, the true state of Laurel’s marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joshilyn Jackson has done it again...her skillful unraveling of family secrets and betrayal left me breathless. You must read this book!” 

    Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

  • “A great tale [that] builds to an exciting and violent ending, one that surprises and yet seems to fit.”  

    USA Today

  • “Buoyant and moving…beautifully balanced between magical and realist fiction…closer in tone and voice to Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones or Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe trilogy.” 

    Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • “A veritable southern gothic, Jackson’s fluid, masterful novel builds to an exciting, if somewhat over-the-top finish that at last weaves together Laurel’s past and her present.” 


  • “What makes this novel shine are its revelations about the dark side of Southern society and Thalia and Laurel’s finely honed relationship, which shows just how much thicker blood is than water.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie Shain | 2/19/2014

    " Good and creepy! Perfect book on tape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie Burnett | 2/13/2014

    " It was ok. Not great, not horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin Sherman | 2/12/2014

    " started out slow but ended up being a pretty decent story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mel | 2/1/2014

    " I got this from my grandma for Christmas and just got around to it now. I really liked it; it's different from what I'm used to but has familiar elements (I love ghost stories). But this was more than a ghost story because the "real" ghost weren't the focus but rather the living and remnants of old ghosts. Loved the ending, it brought about a since of closure but wasn't the happy Disney ending I originally thought it was heading towards. "

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