Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Following the tragic death of her son, Megan Blackwood takes her daughter Jenna on a getaway to Moonlight Creek. Megan blames herself for her son’s suicide and is determined to mend her relationship with her daughter. The getaway is supposed to give them time to reestablish the bond that Megan feels is tenuous at best.

Moonlight Creek is not all that Megan had hoped for. As soon as they arrive, Megan feels uneasy about the place, but is determined to stay. They check into their hotel – a musty, damp, wallpaper-peeling and water trickling down walls creepy place to stay. It rains almost constantly in Moonlight Creek and the villagers don’t seem to notice, in fact, they are rarely seen around the town unless it is raining and then they all head for the lake.

Megan and Jenna find that there isn’t much to do there. Most businesses are closed up and the ones that are open only seem to sell water and have no one in attendance at the store at all.

By the time that Megan has had enough of the town and starts packing up the car with their belongings, Jenna disappears and leaving is no longer an option. The townspeople are about to expose the secret of Moonlight Creek to them whether they like it or not.

I found Drowned Sorrow to be interesting and boring at the same time. While the storyline was something that could have been really intriguing, I felt that the author didn’t spend enough time on each individual “scene” and kept the book moving at a much faster pace than was needed.

Many of the issues in the book were simply ridiculous. For example, the grocery store in town only sold water in various brands and yet, Megan decided to stay. I’m sorry, but if I were to go on a getaway with my daughter and found myself in a ratty hotel with water trickling down the walls, stores that only sell water, and nothing much to do, I surely wouldn’t be there for the night let alone any longer! Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan had great premise, but more time should have been spent fleshing out the idea behind the book.

Rating: 3/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Vanessa Morgan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.