Today I’m on the blog tour for Woman in the Water, the sixth in this series, though it can be read as a stand alone. Many thanks to Avon Books for having me on the tour and letting me have a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: I’m alive. But I can’t be saved . . .
When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed.
Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them.
What’s their connection to the body in the river?
Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished?
And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late?
My Review: When I got the email about this blog tour and agreed to review the book I didn’t realise it was part of a series. However, as I’ve said above, it can be read as a stand alone and while you may be missing some background on the characters and their relationships I didn’t find that a detraction from the book at all.
I’ve been aware of this author for a while, mainly from seeing their book covers, but not read any of their books until now, something that is going to have to change after reading this book. I loved the sound of the book, the blurb had that intriguing quality that tells you a lot but barely gives anything away. Clearly it worked as I read the book in a day, and I don’t mean 24 hours in total, I mean I started it on Sunday afternoon and was finished by the time I went to bed, so literally one day.
This book is definitely twisty. I’m not going to describe it as action packed or fast paced or anything so dramatic because there are scenes where the police are questioning people and retracing their steps because they hope they’ve missed something, nothing action packed about that. However, there is an underlying tension throughout the book, from the first page I was hooked and wanted to know more. The story starts with the woman being found in the water and instantly that raised so many questions. The writing pulls you in in a way that means you don’t even notice you’re hooked until you are and by then it’s too late to stop or get out, you have to see this through to the end whether you want to or not.
There is something about this book, it’s dark and twisty and when I’d read it I wanted to read something different, something to soothe my troubled brain. Although what I chose was more crime fiction, this time historical, I picked it because it is part of a series I know well and is something I can rely on to not leave me feeling slightly traumatised at the end. I’m not being naive, I’m well aware that the events in this book happen to people everyday, I’ve had experience of some of them myself. However, there’s a difference between being aware of them and reading about them, especially when the events and the characters reactions to them are written as well as they have been in the book.
I’m not sure I’m explaining this very well so I’ll try again. What this book does is draw you in stealthily so you don’t realise it’s happening till it’s too late. It also puts you in the shoes of the characters and makes you view their experiences from their perspectives so you get a deeper understanding of how they feel and why they are reacting the way they are to what is happening/has happened. It then throws out everything you thought was the truth and presents you with a new, unexpected one and then leaves you reeling from what you’ve experienced and with no support as the characters are getting on with their lives and don’t even know you exist. Hence why I went for something familiar and comforting (for me) for my next read. I think that’s a better explanation, if you’re not sure then maybe you should read the book for yourself and see if you can write something more coherent than this……..