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Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan | Book Review

Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan | Book Review Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan
Genres: Fiction, Horror
Original Publication Date: 2008
Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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In Drowned Sorrow, Megan Blackwood has just lost her son in an accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter, Jenna, hoping that a change of scenery might help to put their lives back together. But something odd is happening in Moonlight Creek. When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the village deserted again with the first rays of sunshine. Beneath the lake’s surface, something watches… and waits… Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn’t bode well for visitors. By the time Megan realizes that her daughter’s life is in danger, it might already be too late.

Drowned Sorrow is a horror novel by Vanessa Morgan. The main character, Megan Blackwood, is a famous investigative reporter. Her career is the most important thing in her life.

She has not paid too much attention to her husband and children. She is currently planning on doing a story on cults.

In Drowned Sorrow, Something Mysterious Is Happening

Her daughter tries frantically to contact her one day by leaving messages with the receptionist, but Megan is too “busy” to call her back. When she gets home, she learns that her son has accidentally killed himself. He slashed his wrists to teach his mother a lesson and by the time the sister called the police it was too late — he had bled to death.

Megan’s family falls apart. She and her husband Michael divorced. Megan even quits the job she loves, because she blames herself and her obsession with her career for her son’s suicide. She rejects all attempts to really communicate with her daughter, Jenna.

Several months after the tragedy, Megan and Jenna decide to go away to the seemingly idyllic small town of Midnight Creek.

A Place of Secrets

But Midnight Creek is a place of secrets. Why are the walls all leaking? And why does it rain continuously? Why does no one ever leave Midnight Creek?

The inhabitants of Midnight Creek seem almost like a cult that Megan has stumbled into by accident. Is it by accident or by design?

Also, as soon as they reach Moonlight Creek, the place seems desolate — completely deserted. When they do see people, the residents are not exactly friendly but stare at them as if they never see strangers.

Megan must make a lot of money, being on national television for eight years, so you’d think she’d go someplace a little fancier.

The hotel room is very old (it still has dial phones!), it is musty-smelling and the bathroom walls are seriously leaking. The desk clerk is also creepy. I would not feel comfortable with him, especially with a pretty teenage daughter. I would leave immediately.

Final Analysis

Drowned Sorrow is definitely creepy and freaked me out, although I do believe that there are quite a few inconsistencies in the story.

For example, toward the end of the book, her husband and daughter tell Megan that the son didn’t really mean to kill himself; he was just trying to get his Mother’s attention. This comes as a shock to Megan. I’m not sure why when she was told this the very day of his suicide by the police.

Why didn’t the police show up at her place of work? If there was so much blood after the son slit his wrists, why didn’t the daughter call an ambulance before she called the mother?

If Jenna couldn’t get hold of her mother through the receptionist, why doesn’t her daughter call her on her cell phone — or at least text her as any modern texting-obsessed American teenager would do? Someone like Megan would surely have a Blackberry or iPhone!

There are also smaller errors: Americans go on “vacation” instead of “holiday” and go to “college” instead of “university”. Little details are important, too.

I also believe that the characters could have been drawn-out a bit more. The husband is a rather shadowy figure. The book is short — it probably should be longer! More character development would have helped in understanding the characters and why they do the things they do.

The book, however, definitely has a strong creepiness factor and if you like horror novels you should like this book.

If Jaws kept you away from the ocean, Drowned Sorrow will keep you away from any water! I can definitely visualize this novel being turned into a movie!

Further Reading

Morgan has an interesting blog called Celluloid Diaries.

You may also read my review of Vanessa Morgan’s short story The Strangers Outside.

You may also want to read my review of The Stepford Wives.

Thank you for reading The Literary Lioness!

About Vanessa Morgan

Vanessa Morgan is an author, screenwriter, and blogger. Three of her stories (The Strangers Outside, A Good Man, and Next to Her) have become movies. She lives in Belgium.

I love books, writing, film, and television.

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