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They Drown Our Daughters

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"The best kind of story—one that will both break your heart and scare the hell out of you." —Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Children on the Hill

If you can hear the call of the water,

It's already far too late.

They say Cape Disappointment is haunted. That's why tourists used to flock there in droves. They'd visit the rocky shoreline under the old lighthouse's watchful eye and fish shells from the water as they pretended to spot dark shapes in the surf. Now the tourists are long gone, and when Meredith Strand and her young daughter return to Meredith's childhood home after an acrimonious split from her wife, the Cape seems more haunted by regret than any malevolent force.

But her mother, suffering from early stages of Alzheimer's, is convinced the ghost stories are real. Not only is there something in the water, but it's watching them. Waiting for them. Reaching out to Meredith's daughter the way it has to every woman in their line for generations—and if Meredith isn't careful, all three women, bound by blood and heartbreak, will be lost one by one to the ocean's mournful call.

Part queer modern gothic, part ghost story, They Drown Our Daughters explores the depths of motherhood, identity, and the lengths a woman will go to hold on to both.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"They Drown Our Daughters is haunting, powerful, and unforgettable. Katrina Monroe creates a story that is captivating and horrifying in turns as it weaves through themes of generational trauma and longing with a deft touch. Don't miss this one." - Darcy Coates

"An atmospheric, absorbing, multi-generational novel which explores the way historical events can impact the present. I'm always fully on board for anything that shines a light on the intense and difficult bonds between mothers and daughters, so this hit the mark for me! I was at turns terrified by the air of ghostly myth and compelled by the excellent prose. A brilliant achievement!" - Melanie Golding

"They Drown Our Daughters is a stunner. Beautifully written, deeply creepy, and carefully plotted--but above all, a fantastic meditation on what it means to be a parent." - Rob Hart

"Monroe has crafted an atmospheric debut that slips effortlessly between generations of mothers and daughters, exploring what it means to be cursed and haunted, and how far we'll go to protect the ones we love. They Drown Our Daughters is the best kind of story-- one that will both break your heart and scare the hell out of you." - Jennifer McMahon

"A haunting, intimately heartbreaking legacy of trauma and horror, soaked in seaspray and endlessly compelling. Once you hear the ocean's song, you won't be able to leave Cape Disappointment behind!" - Caitlin Starling

"At turns chilling, evocative, and beautifully tragic, They Drown Our Daughters is a mesmerizing tale of familial sorrow. Katrina Monroe plays this one just right, drawing you in gently before unleashing the full force of her power...just like her wraith of the water. Moreover, Monroe will have readers more afraid of the sea than any author since Benchley. A superb read." - Carter Wilson

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