The Drowning House by Cherie Priest

The Drowning House by Cherie Priest

The blurb: 

A violent storm washes a mysterious house onto a rural Pacific Northwest beach, stopping the heart of the only woman who knows what it means. Her grandson, Simon Culpepper, vanishes in the aftermath, leaving two of his childhood friends to comb the small, isolated island for answers―but decades have passed since Melissa and Leo were close, if they were ever close at all.

Now they'll have to put aside old rivalries and grudges if they want to find or save the man who brought them together in the first place―and on the way they'll learn a great deal about the sinister house on the beach, the man who built it, and the evil he's bringing back to Marrowstone Island.

The Drowning House by Cherie Priest

My Review:

Overall, I enjoyed The Drowning House. The genre is listed as “Horror”, but I found this to be more Suspense with a Supernatural element. I would recommend this to readers who are looking for a spooky Fall read that isn’t over-the-top gory or terrifying.

The narrative follows two POVs in 3rd person, set in dual timelines. Although we were switching between characters, I found the plot easy to follow.

Things I liked about this book:
* Norse Magic
* Deserted Island with a mysterious past (but not too tropey)
* Housewreck (70-year-old haunted house washes ashore during a storm)\

Things I didn’t like:
* There were a lot of aspects of this story that I found interesting but were glossed over (like how people forgot about the haunted house when they looked at it, the ghosts, and the supernatural action in the climax)
* Other elements were given more time on the page that I felt distracted from the main conflict (for instance, the main characters kept stressing about their jobs in the face of their impending doom)


Thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the ARC. 
The Drowning House will be available on July 23, 2024


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