The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

the girl who stopped swimmingby Joshilyn Jackson

  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Pub. Date: May 2009
  • 336pp
I won this copy from Mary at Bookfan- Mary. (I started it today during all the thunder storms – what a great book! – I’m looking forward to finishing it.)
Synopsis: (from
Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty. Coming from a family with a literal skeleton in their closet, she’s developed this talent all her life, whether helping her willful mother to smooth over the reality of her family’s ugly past, or elevating humble scraps of unwanted fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts.

Her sister Thalia, an impoverished “Actress” with a capital A, is her opposite, and prides herself in exposing the lurid truth lurking behind life’s everyday niceties. And while Laurel’s life was neatly on track, a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in lovely suburban Victorianna, everything she holds dear is thrown into question the night she is visited by an apparition in her bedroom. The ghost appears to be her 14-year-old neighbor Molly Dufresne, and when Laurel follows this ghost , she finds the real Molly floating lifeless in her swimming pool. While the community writes the tragedy off as a suicide, Laurel can’t. Reluctantly enlisting Thalia’s aid, Laurel sets out on a life-altering investigation that triggers startling revelations about her own guarded past, the truth about her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.


6 Responses

  1. I won this awhile back and really need to get to reading it…

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one Nan. I read it last year I think. I liked it although it wasn’t a favorite.

  3. Great review. This was my first Joshilyn Jackson book and it won’t be my last either.

  4. Oops, I didn’t mean to make it sound like this was my review. I just copied the synopsis from Barnes and Noble. I’m still reading it (didn’t have much time to read yesterday) and I am enjoying it. I’ll post my own review when it’s finished.

  5. I enjoyed this book very much. Glad you are too.

  6. I just read this and loved it. It was a conglomeration of things I tend not to read (southern lit/mystery/women based lit) all of which I am trying to focus on, more. Great, great book, enjoy!

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