Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. And it isn’t as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming…
Title : Where The Drowned Girls Go
Author : Seanan McGuire
Series : Wayward Children (book seven)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 160
Genre : fantasy
Publisher : Tordotcom
Release Date : January 4, 2022
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5
Hollis’ 3.5 star review
This is easily my favourite in the series in what feels like a long long time. Since book one, really. And I couldn’t tell you what specifically about this seventh instalment did what the previous five couldn’t. I really have no idea.
Maybe it was finally having a story that featured this other school? The very anti-thesis of the Home for Wayward Children? Maybe it was Cora? Maybe it was all of it.
I’ll admit, I had forgotten most of what preceded this book which was a bit of a problem initially as so much depends on knowing what Cora experienced since returning from her Door. But it is more or less glossed over and hinted at, I just wish I had a better understanding. Regardless, though, the point is less what came before and what Cora wants of her future; mostly, to have one. Which brings her to ask for a transfer to Whitethorn. If only she really knew what she was asking for..
“This place hurts people. It makes them crawl into their own hearts to be safe, and then turns those hearts against them.”
Again, I really did love pretty much everything about this one. I’m even almost tempted to round up on it. I don’t imagine we’ll see a continuation of this particular plot/cliffhanger in book eight, as they seem to switch off, but I can’t wait to reunite with these characters and see how they might come back and save those still at Whitethorn. If they do.. who knows!
This has been a strange series for me. One I love in concept but not always in execution; and my relationship with this author, particularly under this penname, has been fraught with this kind of pattern. But it’s books like this one, it’s remembering she’s also Mira Grant, that keep me coming back and refusing to throw in the towel. And I’m so glad for that.
** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **