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Dangerous Waters (The Barkley Sound Series) Paperback – November 20, 2012
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"Dark and intriguing, Anderson's tightly plotted story keeps you guessing. A captivating mix of suspense and romance, Dangerous Waters will pull you under." —Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author
"With vibrant writing, a cast of damaged, captivating characters and a plot that's deliciously diabolical, Dangerous Waters will have you mesmerized from page one." —Kathy Altman, USA Today, Happy Ever After
"With a haunting setting and a captivating cast of characters, Anderson has crafted a multifaceted mystery rife with secrets...a compulsively engrossing page-turner. Plus, the romance is an integral part of the expertly woven plot, which builds to an emotional, satisfying conclusion." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars (HOT)
"Grab yourself a coffee and a sweet treat and sit yourself down with a fulfilling read from an author who knows how to flavour her stories with the right mix of suspense and steamy romance." —Susan May, Suspense Magazine
"Ms. Anderson uses her knowledge of marine biology and scuba diving to set up the labyrinth of betrayal that comprises an otherwise sleepy town with summer recreation on, and in, its waters. The vivid picture of the scenery adds ghostlike images to the dark and dangerous mystery. Plot twists interlock, never letting up until the last pages." —Coffee Time Romance
About the Author
A former marine biologist who completed her PhD at the Gatty Marine Laboratory in St. Andrews, Scotland, Toni Anderson has traveled the world with her work. She was born and raised in rural Shropshire, England, and, after living in five different countries, she finally settled down in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children. Combining her love of travel with her love of romantic suspense, Anderson writes stories based in some of the places she has been fortunate to visit. When not writing, she’s busy walking her dog, gardening, and ferrying the kids to school, piano, and soccer games. She is also the author of Storm Warning and Edge of Survival.
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In the case of Toni Anderson's book, however, since the sexual liaison between Holly and Finn does indeed impact the plot, I found it to be of significance beyond its titillating effect on the reader. Anderson does in fact acknowledge the impropriety of this type of encounter between a police investigator and one of the subjects in the investigation, and in so doing brings the ethical issue into clear focus. And specifically, I find that the conflict being focused on this ethical concern rather than of the overdone plot line of "macho male seeks to dominate apparently rebellious but actually submissive female" is a refreshing departure.
The descriptions of the diving scenes are vivid and well told, as would be expected given Toni's former profession as a marine biologist. They recalled for me similar scenes in Nevada Barr's "A Superior Death", which was one of my favorite mystery stories a number of years ago. All in all, this was a satisfying read, even though the main thesis of the plot was pretty obvious from the beginning. What was intriguing was the way the mystery was finally worked out. Also, although there were several killings and satisfyingly sociopathic villains, morbid dwelling on the gruesomeness of the deaths was avoided.
Set in the small coastal town of Bamfield, Vancouver Island, Canada, Dangerous Waters is a thrilling combination of mystery, suspense and romance that opens with the shocking murder of a young mother and her infant son in the woods just outside of town, and the disappearance of her little girl whose body was never found. The crime goes unsolved, becoming a cold case, until 30 years later when two divers with the Bamfield Marine Science Center find more than they bargained for when they discover a body with a knife embedded in its chest deep in the waters of Barkley Sound.
Enter RCMP Sergeant Holly Rudd with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit who arrives in the remote, picturesque coastal community to investigate the homicide. As she gets to work trying to sort out the town's many secrets, she finds herself inexplicably attracted to the ruggedly handsome BMSC dive-master—formerly Canadian Special Forces and a person of interest in the crime she's investigating. But what unsettles Holly the most is the insistence of the townsfolk that she's a dead ringer for the woman who was murdered there three decades earlier.
Dive-master Finn Carver, finds himself thrust in the middle of a murder investigation when he discovers a corpse submerged in a shipwreck 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) below sea level. Though his simmering attraction to Holly is difficult to ignore, he can't afford to want her, needing the cops far away from the people he cares about. But it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.
Honestly, I was somewhat surprised by the number of negative reviews about this book. Specifically, that the author had inserted "romance" into a thriller. I'm not sure what others expect when they read a book clearly categorized as romantic suspense, but I, for one, expect ... well, romance. And though there was plenty of sexual tension between Holly and Finn, I felt the emphasis of the story leaned more towards the mystery and suspense than on the actual romance.
Drawing on her background in marine biology, the author describes both the land and sea in vivid detail creating a very realistic and foreboding setting for this story. With a well-developed, diabolical plot, a bit of steamy romance, and an interesting mix of captivating characters, Dangerous Waters is a well-crafted murder mystery full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.
This is a good, suspense filled romance. Book two, Dark Waters, tells Brent's story. It's up next.