Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire – Review

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #7
Publisher: Tordotcom
Published January 4th 2022
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 160
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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…

This is the first book in which we get to see some other schools like Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. It’s name is Whitethorn Institute and it’s far from a good place! Cora, who we have met in past books, intends to change schools and go to Whitethorn Institute, but this place is far from what she expects.

I’m so happy this series got up again! I wasn’t a big fan of the last two books but this was fantastic!

I don’t want to say too much about this book for how short they are, it’s easy to give too much away.

But this is all about Whitethorn Institute, how different it is, how they operate and how to survive it. If Eleanor’s home is rainbows and glitter this is pumpkins and ghosts. It’s a darker school full of students that are meant to forget they ever went to any door. This school is what happens to those who don’t like the world they went to, but sometimes other students find their way there and can’t get out until they forget.

The writing is as good as all the other books but comparatively to the last two books, the magic is alive again. I found it incredible how the author made it so magical even tho the book is passed in our world.

It leaves room for more to come and I can’t wait for the next book after that end! I just love this series and how magical it is – they are truly a door for something better and I can’t wait to be enthralled by it again.

TW: trauma and fatphobia

What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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