What looks like an accidental drowning might actually be a suicide. Told in alternating voices, this suspense-saturated drama is Hawkins’ second novel.
Nel isn’t very well liked in her small community. Even her sister bears a grudge against her. The community resents that she’s writing a book about the witchcraft trials and other historical events that took place in Beckford.
Nel chooses to write not only about the historical deaths by drowning but also the more recent drownings. This infuriates Louise, the mother of a girl who recently committed suicide in the pool.
Soon afterward Katie’s death, Nel also drowns in the drowning pool. Some family members think she has killed herself but others suspect something more sinister.
Among the suspects, there is a jealous sister, a handsome male teacher, a dangerous ex-boyfriend, an outraged mother, and a cantankerous cop.
Nel’s teenaged daughter is also in danger, leaving readers to wonder if she will suffer the same fate as her mother and all the other “troublesome” women.