Leah Greenblatt
February 29, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joshilyn Jackson
publisher
Grand Central Publishing
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

A ghost story, family psychodrama, and murder mystery all in one, Jackson’s latest is a vivid, smartly calibrated achievement. Florida housewife Laurel Hawthorne is happy within the small, contained circle of her tech-geek husband, coddled preteen daughter, and spitfire actress sister. But when a friend of her daughter’s shows up face-down and bloodied in the backyard pool, Laurel is forced to reckon with past demons in order to save what she loves. Joshilyn Jackson manages The Girl Who Stopped Swimming‘s disparate elements with grace, wit, and surprising humor. A?

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