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The Girl Who Stopped Swimming | [Joshilyn Jackson]

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

While Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track - a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna - everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne.
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Publisher's Summary

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts.

Her estranged sister, Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties.

While Laurel's life seems neatly on track - a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna - everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly, floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable - an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco.

Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.

©2008 Joshilyn Jackson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jackson matches effortless Southern storytelling with a keen eye for character and heart-stopping circumstances." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 08-23-10
    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 08-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Quite enjoyable"

    Joshilyn Jackson reads her vivid prose well. The story is just a little short of being awesome but it is definitely an enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra L. Vidler Dallas, Tx United States 04-10-10
    Cassandra L. Vidler Dallas, Tx United States 04-10-10 Member Since 2015

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    "A good listen for a credit"

    Not as good as Between Georgia, but overall a good listen. I wasn't disappointed that I used my credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 09-14-12
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "not my favorite"

    I enjoy Ms. Jackson's books, they are fast moving, entertaining and have a psychological element. I really enjoy the author's narration, she is one of the few that does her work justice reading it. I am not sure if I really love her books or just enjoy listening to her- whatever the case, this one is not my favorite. It seemed to be going nowhere fast and then the last 1/4 of the book finally picked up some speed. I would suggest, A Grown up kind of pretty, or Gods in Alabama, as a better first pick for this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jolene 06-22-09
    Jolene 06-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "I love hearing the author narrate"

    I enjoyed the story, but especially the author's ability to convey each character. The story became a little too descriptive at times, but made for a better appreciation of the situations later on in the plot development. The southern accents stuck with me for a while and I appreciated the depth of the subject matter

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 01-22-15
    Karen 01-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "fan for life"

    loved this book. narration made me a fan for life. just amazing. read on my friend read on.

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    littleannie 09-01-14
    littleannie 09-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sadly not for me"
    Would you try another book from Joshilyn Jackson and/or Joshilyn Jackson?

    Probably not it was a tough listen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joshilyn Jackson again?

    It was an odd story with many stories within the story ...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Slow down it was like listening to a super fast reader


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 06-26-14
    Julie 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start"
    What did you love best about The Girl Who Stopped Swimming?

    Realization what she had was enough.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The husband's character. He loved her in his own way.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Male voice was not realistic.


    If you could take any character from The Girl Who Stopped Swimming out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    David. He seems charming in a total geeky way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LisaG 10-09-13
    LisaG 10-09-13
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    "Delicious Southern Gothic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This one hooked me from page one. The mystery is well crafted and replete with surprising twists. The dynamic between the two sisters and their icy steel magnolia mother rang true for me (my mother and grandmother both came from Alabama). Thalia is a true original! I enjoyed the author's performance with the exception of her "male voices", which sounded a little cheesy.


    What other book might you compare The Girl Who Stopped Swimming to and why?

    The Little Friend, similar themes: mysterious death of a child, Southern Gothic elements, poverty


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where they bust in on her snotty neighbor, Trish, in bed with the neighborhood gigolo.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry United States 03-09-13
    Sherry United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "not taken with this one"

    i'm a huge joshilyn jackson fan but i wasn't as crazy about this one. story was lacking and sort of far fetched i guess compared to most of her other books. i would steer away from this one and recommend "a grown up kind of pretty"...still my favorite of hers. :)

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    Vanessa 10-11-12
    Vanessa 10-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Suspensful and Scary at Times"
    Where does The Girl Who Stopped Swimming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely a top favorite!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the mystery of how Molly ended up in the pool, dead. All the while Laurel figuring out answers of her who past.


    Have you listened to any of Joshilyn Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She did excellent as always. Couldn't have thought of a better way to preform those characters. Spot on!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming and why?

    Thalia is my favorite character for her eccentric attitude and charisma.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, would love for Joshilyn Jackson to write some more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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