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The Girl Who Stopped Swimming Paperback – May 26, 2009
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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"... buoyant and moving ....beautifully balanced between magical and re
-Atlanta Journal Constitution
"A ghost story, family psychodrama, and murder mystery all in one. Jackson's latest is a wild, smartly calibrated achievement. A-."
"Jackson matches effortless Southern storytelling with a keen eye for character and heart-stopping circumstances."
"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
Top Customer Reviews
Yet Laurel is haunted, not only by the dead girl but also by her daughter Shelby's reaction, and her friend Bet who was staying over at the time. Bet Clemmons is Laurel's do-gooder project, a young girl she has rescued from dregs of society in the washed up little mining town of DeLop, which represents all that is unholy in her life. As a trained artist, Laurel knows there's something wrong with this picture. But up till now her whole life has been about burying secrets, not digging them up.
In order to get to the bottom of this inconvenient mystery, Laurel calls on her estranged sister Thalia. The polar opposite of Laurel, Thalia is a flamboyant actress and the keeper of secrets. Laurel knows she can get Thalia to do the dirty work. What she doesn't know is what that will cost her in the end.
Joshilyn Jackson's vivid characters and spellbinding prose - you can almost hear the drawl and smell the earthiness - weave a tale as intricate and fascinating as one of Laurel's quilts. Jackson takes readers on a journey past the façades of flower gardens, swimming pools, and Wal-Mart, through the crumbling asphalt and broken dreams of lives in the rural South, to uncover the mystery of "The Girl Who Stopped Swimming".
And, since I had just come off a darker Eliz. George novel, I especially liked a happy ending where every i was dotted, all questions answered, and even an epilogue. I love epilogues. Why have open endings - I'm paying to have the author write the book - not me! Then if I don't like the ending I can discuss that in my book club or not read another book by that author.
I promise you this is a page-turning mystery that you will enjoy, and I don't make many promises.
From the first page, where a ghost appears to lead Laurel to a dead body in her pool, I was hooked. The story held me through sister squabbles, family strife, marriage drama, and a murder mystery. And through all of that finely tuned plot, there was the voice of Ms. Jackson, with her sweet Southern drawl, telling me all of the deep, dark secrets inside of Laurel's surface perfect life.
Truly, this book will be a bestseller!
With flashbacks and in dialouge it's revealed that Thalia and Laurel grew up far from the life Laurel currently enjoys and Ms. Jackson expertly sucks you in and makes you bond with her characters. Do yourself a favor-buy this one for yourself, your girlfriends and your sisters and share the joy of a tale well told!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know why but I couldn't get past about 20 minutes of this, I don't know if it was the reader or the content but it just didn't hold my interest.Published 25 days ago by HAVE4PAWS
I wish I had been "The Girl Who Stopped Reading." It was very difficult to get through this mess. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Agent 99
I really liked this book. It doesn't really fit into any specific genre: it's a little bit murder mystery, little bit ghost story, little bit southern fiction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
I liked the story very much. The writing style was not for my taste and I didn't like the main character very much. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CarolynP
Obviously, I loved this book. What I love the most is Joshilyn's ability to live in the world of complicated. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Teresa McBean
I’ve tried to read Joshilyn Jackson novels before and I’ve never made it through an entire book of hers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ashley LaMar
When a novel centers around the drowning of a 12-year-old girl, I expect the tone of the novel to be pretty serious. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Patti
Having read several books by Joshilyn Jackson, I expected to like The Girl Who Stopped Swimming as much as the others. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lupine Smile