Book Review: Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

Where the Drowned Girls Go

Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children, book 7
Publisher: TorDotCom (January 4, 2021)
Kindle ebook, 160 pages
Fantasy, YA Fantasy


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… 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

CW: Fatphobia, trauma, history of suicide attempt

Where the Drowned Girls Go is quite a bit darker than many of the previous books in the Wayward Children series. This seventh book in the series picks up with some of the consequences of Cora’s actions in the fifth book, as well as bringing back Regan from book six as a side character!

This book was really hard to read, but also I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to put out any spoilers, so I’ll just say this book really opened a lot of doors (pun intended) for where Seanan McGuire could take the series going forward. (Might have to take down that rule about “No Quests” though…!)

Also, look – I need Kade and Cora to just be a couple already. I love them so much and they’re adorable together, pleeeeease from the bottom of my little romance reader heart.

This is the seventh book in the Wayward Children series. I recommend reading the series in order, as many of the books build off of each other. It could probably be read as a stand-alone, but you’re missing much of the characters’ backstories, especially some of the prominent side characters.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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