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
"Jackson matches effortless Southern storytelling with a keen eye for character and heart-stopping circumstances." (Publishers Weekly)
Joshilyn Jackson reads her vivid prose well. The story is just a little short of being awesome but it is definitely an enjoyable listen.
Not as good as Between Georgia, but overall a good listen. I wasn't disappointed that I used my credit.
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
Probably not it was a tough listen.
It was an odd story with many stories within the story ...
Slow down it was like listening to a super fast reader
Realization what she had was enough.
The husband's character. He loved her in his own way.
Male voice was not realistic.
David. He seems charming in a total geeky way.
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.
The Little Friend, similar themes: mysterious death of a child, Southern Gothic elements, poverty
The scene where they bust in on her snotty neighbor, Trish, in bed with the neighborhood gigolo.
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. :)
It is definitely a top favorite!
I liked the mystery of how Molly ended up in the pool, dead. All the while Laurel figuring out answers of her who past.
She did excellent as always. Couldn't have thought of a better way to preform those characters. Spot on!
Thalia is my favorite character for her eccentric attitude and charisma.
Excellent book, would love for Joshilyn Jackson to write some more.
"Another brilliant novel"
From the beginning you are drawn into the characters' lives. Storytelling at its best. Superb narration by the author too
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