- File Size: 2026 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LGYQB2K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dead in the Water Kindle Edition
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Davis has already shown her writing chops on a handful of short stories and novellas, including the Silo Saga trilogy "Rebel State." While she is a pro at putting together a plot for short stories, "Dead in the Water" shows she is more than capable of adding the complexity a novel calls for. Her writing is sharp, and in this case, not for the feint of heart. She isn't afraid to scare her readers, putting her protagonists in terrifying situations, only to play out their fears for the readers to see.
The story follows two "Investigators" -- Nick Moore and Terry Banner, who have garnered fame thanks to an "Inside Edition"-type TV show. The two end up at the backwater location known as Thompson Lake, searching for scandal and hidden secrets. They uncover some, but they end up getting more than they bargained for when supernatural forces begin to invade their comfortable, but not-quite-stable lives.
Throughout it all, and even after the mystery of Thompson Lake is solved, Davis is setting up Moore and Banner for future stories. There are plenty of directions for Davis to go, but one storyline in particular is glaringly obvious for Davis to take the pair in the next installment. The book stands quite well on its own and doesn't leave any threads dangling, but some clues are definitely there for future Moore and Banner books.
It is clear that Davis is passionate about writing -- it comes across with each word you read. Make sure you don't miss out on this novel by a great new author.
What I loved about this book:
1) The characters were engaging and full of things to love and hate. I liked how the ongoing action brought up thoughts and memories of the past within each character point of view. Each character presented was interesting and the more I learned the more I wanted to know about them.
2) Author Carol Davis has a gift for dialog. There was not a single line that rang as contrived or false. I was laughing along with the internal character thoughts, and chuckling at the banter between the main characters. Both added such a nice layer of authenticity to the relationships.
3) The pacing of the story was spot on. There were nice twists and unexpected revelations as the action progressed. Transitions were well timed, and the various point of views worked well.
This is the first book I’ve read by Davis, and I know I will seek out more of her work in the future. I hope she decides to write more books about the lives and investigations of Terry and Nick, I for sure would be eager to read them.
And the best part? The way this ended leaves the door open for more stories about the engaging protagonists!
There weren't many questions that didn't at least feel addressed, if not answered. I was having the time of my life reading it, and the masterful storytelling never interrupted my entertainment.
I highly recommend it to anyone, and I certainly hope and pray for a sequel, because I'm not done reading about Nick and Terry.