They Drown Our Daughters
by Katrina Monroe
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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2022
For fans of Jennifer McMahon and Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes a haunting and atmospheric new novel from debut author Katrina Monroe.
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 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.
“Monroe has crafted an atmospheric debut that slips effortlessly between generations of mothers and daughters, exploring what it means to be cursed and haunted, and how far we’ll go to protect the ones we love. They Drown Our Daughters is 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 Invited and The Children on the Hill
"They Drown Our Daughters is a stunner. Beautifully written, deeply creepy, and carefully plotted—but above all, a fantastic meditation on what it means to be a parent." —ROB HART, author of The Warehouse and The Paradox Hotel
"An atmospheric, absorbing, multi-generational novel which explores the way historical events can impact the present. I'm always fully on board for anything that shines a light on the intense and difficult bonds between mothers and daughters, so this hit the mark for me! I was at turns terrified by the air of ghostly myth and compelled by the excellent prose. A brilliant achievement!" —MELANIE GOLDING, author of The Hidden
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They say a family in this town is cursed, that the women always find their end in a tragical way, that there is a shadow lurking in the ocean, calling them to their doom.
Meredith does not believe in ghost stories, and she needs a place to stay now that her marriage is tumbling over. Her mother Judith is not happy with her back home; she thought maybe her daughter could be safe from all of this. And now seashells are coming back to shore, and there is this voice coming out of them…
I am always intrigued by new voices in horror literature. I read a lot of excerpts, look at a lot of covers, and They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe, had it all to be the perfect fit for me: a remarkable cover, a captivating title, curses, a gothic vibe… and it did not disappoint at all.
The story is fascinating, and the way it is told, with the use of flashbacks and different generations, made it a puzzle I could not put down. The characters are also very well fleshed: the reader will understand what they are going through, the dread, the confusion, the sadness. Meredith is a great main character, but she is surrounded by other complex women as well. All their actions feel genuine, even if crazy, and the ones that maybe does not at the beginning are very well explained later on.
And, personally, I really appreciate that it doesn’t shy away when it needs to be eery and creepy. It is a horror story after all! The shadow lurking Cape Disappointment feels real from its very first entrance and it makes the reader constantly aware of how close the waters are.
I suppose there would be some discussion about the ending, some people loving it, some people feeling down… Count me among the first, because, in my opinion, the story is so well built that there was no other way it could all come together.
An amazing reading throughout. And a new voice I am going to follow closely, which is always fantastic news.
An engrossing thriller that left me spellbound. I highly recommend this book, the story is fantastic. Highly recommend!
I literally devoured this book in less than a day.
The characters, magic system, and storytelling was so well done and after that ending, I desperately needed more!
They Drown Our Daughters is everything I love about an epic, character-driven fantasy, with phenomenal characters and brilliant writing.
Meredith, our main character is very driven. I loved her relentless force. And her drive is something fierce.
This is a fantastic novel, I thought the pace was very good and kept me glued to the pages.
It's just the most unique book I've read in a long time.
Poisoned Pen Press,
I can't thank you enough for this eARC!
I will post to my blog and platforms close to pub date!
Cape Disappointment is cursed, a long line of woman drowned and disappeared in the quiet waters. It used to drawn tourists in, but it’s been years since then. In the midst of her divorce, Meredith returns home to the Cape with her young daughter, Alice. Meredith never believed the ghost stories, but her mother Judith does and will do anything she can to keep the dark figure in the water and the voices in the wind from coming for her granddaughter.
I’m always intrigued by horror novels that aren’t all blood, gore and sleep with the lights on kind of scary and this book knocked it out of the park. I was immediately pulled in by the cover and story won me over very quickly. Meredith as a main character was beautifully written, but having the side voices of her generation line was such a great idea to show the evolution of the family’s ghost story from origin on.
The world the author established was atmospheric, spooky, creepy and fantastic. I was hooked by the first page and devoured it in one sitting.
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