Drowned Sorrow

Drowned Sorrow

VanessaMorgan / Feb 24, 2020

Drowned Sorrow Praise for Drowned Sorrow Vanessa Morgan has the gift of pacing and spookiness Scott Nicholson author of They Hunger and The Farm A racy thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz and John Saul Dirk Vandere

  • Title: Drowned Sorrow
  • Author: VanessaMorgan
  • ISBN: 9781605941622
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Praise for Drowned Sorrow Vanessa Morgan has the gift of pacing and spookiness Scott Nicholson, author of They Hunger and The Farm A racy thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz and John Saul Dirk Vandereyken, author of Fates Worse Than Death and Hunter Megan Blackwood has just lost her only son in a terrible accident Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with herPraise for Drowned Sorrow Vanessa Morgan has the gift of pacing and spookiness Scott Nicholson, author of They Hunger and The Farm A racy thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz and John Saul Dirk Vandereyken, author of Fates Worse Than Death and Hunter Megan Blackwood has just lost her only son in a terrible accident Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter Jenna, hoping a change of scenery might help to put her life and that of her daughter back together But something odd is going on in Moonlight Creek When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the place deserted with the first rays of sunshine Beneath the lake s surface, an eerie presence watches and waits Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear One that doesn t bode well for visitors By the time Megan realizes that her life, as well as that of her daughter, is in danger, it may be too late to escape About the Author Vanessa Morgan is a screenwriter and novelist She lives in Brussels, Belgium.

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        Vanessa Morgan is an author, screenwriter, and blogger Two of her works, The Strangers Outside and A Good Man, have been turned into films Her short film script Next to Her is currently in pre production When she s not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats Vanessa Morgan has the gift of pacing and spookiness Scott Nicholson, author of They Hunger and The Farm A startling new voice in horror Lucky McKee, director of May and The Woods


    1. Drowned Sorrows by Vanessa Morgan was for me a draining read the characters lacked something that didn't make me scream in horror this book was more a thriller than horror read. I just felt it lacked tension the plot sounded good again, yet there wasn't the usual gasping in each paragraph I think it needed more of a WOW factor. I have read a lot of horror books by some of the best& to me this was a very poor imitation sounds harsh but I am at least honest.2.5 stars

    2. REVIEW: DROWNED SORROW by Vanessa MorganDefinitely not your ordinary supernatural! I have been reading supernatural and horror, both fiction and nonfiction, for nearly six decades, and try as I might, I simply cannot recall anything similar. There really is something new under the sun. The novel starts with a powerfully impacting reader's hook. I really found forgiveness difficult. From there, a quick cut moves the action to the tiny village of Moonlight Creek, Connecticut, tucked away in a fore [...]

    3. This is the second self-published work I'm reviewing of Morgan's next to her short story 'The Strangers Outside.' Drowned Sorrow is a novella coming in just over 100 pages and I have to say, I think the length proves a better friend for Morgan's writing.I'll start with the good - I loved the premise. As someone that has a not-so-irrational fear of natural bodies of water (hey, there's a lot of shit in the ocean that can kill you), the concept of the water being a source of unknowable fear kind o [...]

    4. If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. - Loran Eisely, The Immense Journey, 1957Megan Blackwood is a successful investigative reporter for national television. her teenage son's suicide irrevocably alters her world. she divorces her husband Michael and quits her job to be with her daughter Jenna. 7 months after her son's death, they head off to Moonlight Creek for the summer. the small village seems like a great spot to get away from it all. there is something, however, abou [...]

    5. I was gifted a copy of this book and asked to review it. To be honest I’d have bought it anyway – possibly on the strength of the amazingly evocative cover alone. I think I was also hooked by the intriguing Goethe quotation: ‘All is born of water; all is sustained by water’. It’s my kind of eerie, and anything connected to water always intrigues me. As a psychotherapist I am familiar with deep sea diving into the unconscious, to the place where our deepest fears and horrors reside. And [...]

    6. Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan is a heart pounding, suspenseful, and got-to-know what happens next read!Megan was a successful business woman that let her job take over her life. When her son commits suicide, on accident, while seeking her attention, her life changes forever.Not letting her daughter slip away, she takes Jenna on vacation to Moonlight Creek. When they arrive, the town seems like a ghost town.There is something strange about Moonlight Creek, and Megan and Jenna soon find out the [...]

    7. A thirst-quenching blend of sci-fiction with a twist of horror. The fear factor is accomplished not with blood and guts, but through what is not seen. Moonlight Creek provides the perfect setting to intrigue horror fans. It’s isolated, mysteriously vacant and strangely damp. Simple elements like air, water and fire are used to enhance the claustrophobic entrapment that makes this story a great rainy night read. It’s not often that a horror book can be recommended to young adult readers, but [...]

    8. In an attempt to get the attention they need from you, your child dies.What would you do? How would you cope? If your child called you for help & you were to busy to take their call!It's been seven months since her son's death and Megan has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter Jenna, hoping that a change of scenery might help with the crippling grief that has taken over their lives.But Megan soon begins to sense that something strange is happening in Moonlight Creek. The water h [...]

    9. Review first published at Blog CriticsA home and family are tragically destroyed by the unintentional suicide of a son. In a cry for help and an attempt to get attention, he slits his wrists, believing he would be found and rescued. His mother, Megan, feels her shame to the bone; her work had always come first. With the death of her son, her marriage also crumbles. Everything is disintegrating around her. Leaving her work to spend some quality time with her daughter and to pick up the pieces, sh [...]

    10. Originally from my blog: readingandwritingurbanfantasy.The GoodLet me start off by saying that the author let me know that there is a movie of this book in the making and that Drew Barrymore is slated to direct. I want to congratulate Morgan for this huge step in her amazing career. I wish her the best. I was heartbroken from the beginning of this story, sweated from fear and trepidation in the middle, and wanting to cry by the end. Drowned Sorrow was a rollercoaster ride of mystery, horror, and [...]

    11. I will admit I put the bar pretty low for this one. Having started with her short story, The Strangers Outside, and been disappointed, I wasn't too excited going in to this one. But still, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, hoping I'd enjoy it, and it worked out alright for the most part. The story was pretty compelling, the characters were fleshed out to some degree, and there was suspense in the plot. I think having it as a novella instead of a short story helped a lot.I liked that there were [...]

    12. Drowned Sorrow – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat“I wanna go live with my father.” Giselle paused a moment to take it in. Why didn’t his answer surprise her? In fact, somehow she had been expecting this. “That’s out of the question and you know it.” Miserably, she started to wash up the dirty dishes while Mark turned to wait on the customers. She scrubbed furiously, more than was actually necessary, but she bent her mind to the task, glad that she had this [...]

    13. Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan188 pages, Llumina PressRead this review on The Current Reader: thecurrentreaderAs autumn dims the hot lights of summer, my reading choices swing toward darker books that reflect the turn of the season. I’m leaning to gothic horror and suspense like Poe, Bloch, Matheson and of course, H.P. Lovecraft, all of whom bring back great memories of rummaging through my uncle’s huge closets and raiding his overflowing boxes full of Weird Tales and Fangoria magazines. T [...]

    14. Megan Blackwood's life is about to change forever. She has put all of herself into her job, forgetting her family until tragedy strikes. Her son, in an attempt to get her attention, accidentally commits suicide. Divorce inevitably follows this tragedy. After seven months, Megan and her daughter, Jenna, take a vacation in hopes of bringing the two closer together. They set out for Moonlight Creek and a little peace and quiet. They get more than they bargained for. Will they escape the town or wil [...]

    15. Note: I received a free copy for review from the author.I found this work to be a little bit awkward and confusing grammatically. There were quite a few poor word choices, and even some very confusing instances with the timeline. For instance, near the end of the book, one of the characters is looking for her dog. The scene reads like this:"Moments later, Oscar stood silently in the hallway behind Mega, tail wagging. Megan opened the door to her room and fount it empty. [lots of Megan calling fo [...]

    16. Drowned Sorrow, by Vanessa Morgan is the story of a work driven mother, Megan Blackwood, who just doesn't make time for her children. Megan is hard at work when she ignores several calls from her daughter, Jenna. It isn't until too late that Megan finds out the reason for Jenna's calls; her son is dead. With the death of her son, Megan walks away from her high powered job to devote her attentions more thoroughly to her daughter. Several months after the funeral of her son, Megan and her daughter [...]

    17. Megan Blackwood had cracked the CIA Security system, making her a very important person at the news desk. “Excuse me. Megan? Your daughter, on line four.” The secretary had leapt in unnoticed. “Callie, this is really not a good time. Tell her I’ll call her back as soon as I can.” Her daughter’s troubles could wait, but this documentary could not. “Ok, ma’am,” Callie said, and she left the room.” After Jenna had called again, and was ignored the next call was from the Police D [...]

    18. Overview: The atmosphere in Drowned Sorrows reminded me of Silent Hill. The premise is kind of the same, in which once you enter the town there is no possibility of leaving. Drowned Sorrows stars a cast of dreary locals who want nothing more than for the “visitors” to become permanent residents.Characters: Megan isn’t likeable at the start of the book. In fact, it took quite a few chapters for me to recover from the mistake she made in chapter one that ended up costing a life. Eventually M [...]

    19. Excerpt from my review below. You can read my full, in-depth review here: thebookpixie/2011"Drowned Sorrow showed great potential with its story line. I thought the idea and imagining behind Moonlight Creek was dark and creepy but I wanted more history. I wanted to know more about the why's and how's. I know sometimes we aren't meant to know everything but I really felt the story behind Moonlight Creek should have been elaborated on more. It sometimes felt like there were gaps, like I was just m [...]

    20. I have to say, after reading the Strangers Outside I was disappointed by Drowned Sorrow. A short novella horror story, I was expecting a fast paced read that would likely only last me a day tops, instead I ended up dragging it out for several days often putting it down a page or two into reading because I just wasn't getting into it.Now to be fair I don't think it was a character development thing, her characters were nicely fleshed out for a short story, but they did some unbelievable things at [...]

    21. Drowned Sorrow starts off with Megan Blackwood in a meeting at work and her daughter constantly ringing but she tells her receptionist to tell her unless it is an emergency she cannot talk. When Megan gets home she finds her only son has died in a bid to get some attention from his mother who was married to her work.Months later Megan decides to take a break with her Daughter Jenna to Moonlight Creek a small secluded village where the villagers only come out in the rain, walk like they have all [...]

    22. This book was a very quick and creepy read.The story is set in a creepy little backwater village in the middle of nowhere. The residents are a little unsettling and you can't quite put your finger on it but something isn't quite right. The main characters are there for a short holiday to get away from it all having been recommended by a friend. As the story progresses it becomes more and more apparent that things are no as they seem and the final conclusion to the story was creepy.I liked the pr [...]

    23. Have you watched The Village, a 2004-movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan? While I was reading Drowned Sorrow, I kept comparing it to the movie. There's something not right in Moonlight Creek but I couldn't figure it out. In the movie The Village, the Elders told the young villagers that they cannot leave the village because there are creatures inhabiting beyond the woods and these creatures will kill them once they step into the woods. This book was similar to the storyline of that movie, the p [...]

    24. I'm sure you'll understand once you know the rules of this villageDrowned Sorrow has a very interesting premise, It is nice to see someone not going an average route with a story. When I first heard about this book and how in fact it plays with the theory of The Memory Of Water. I was very excited to read it.I myself have had a lot of interest in the mystery of water and this book embraces some of the theories without beating you over the head with it. The book has very well drawn characters tha [...]

    25. My thoughts: This work is very creative. They way she used water as the center of the entire plot was incredibly clever. The opening was shocking and attention grabbing. The plot was intriguing and twisted. I enjoyed that she only gave away a little at a time. Never too much so you know where she is going. It's a secret to the end. The characters are really well written. I will say that I am not a fan of trying to follow several stories at once. I feel confused and sometimes get lost. These wher [...]

    26. What is in the water? And where is everyone? These are the questions that plague the characters in this truly creepy story. If you have a fear of bodies of water you may not want to read this. This story will certainly make you think twice about the next time you want to take a dip in a lake. I'm a huge horror fan and i'm quickly becoming a big Vanessa Morgan fan. She knows just how to tell a story to make you re think everything you think you know. You'll be checking your bathing suit at the do [...]

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