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Deceptive Waters


Worth reading 😎

An interesting mystery with underwhelming characters and a kind of disappointing ending.

I semi-enjoyed reading this book. There were some parts that I didn't like, but it was still a neat mystery and I did want to find out what happened.

Mary was a decent detective, and I kind of liked her. She was definitely better than the rest of the characters. Jameson can go die in a tiny hole in the middle of nowhere and I'll probably throw a party in celebration. My feelings towards the rest of the characters though were a mixture of "eh", and "I kind of like you". Jimmy was the only one that I truly liked, and I was pretty interested in him and his job. The rest were just "meh," and I just didn’t really care.

The plot was really what kept me going. I needed to know what happened and how the two crashes were related. I liked how it flipped back and forth, showing the background events before switching back to Mary's present-day investigation. It was easy to guess who was behind it, but the twist at the end was completely unexpected. It was amazing to see how everything was connected.

Now for the things I didn’t like. I didn’t expect there to be so many adult themes and explicit content, and I did skip some parts. That’s just my personal preference; you may not mind it. I also had a problem with Mary’s investigation. Everyone simply gave her the info she wanted, and I felt like she didn’t really do any investigating. She just got the information, read it, and connected the events. Brad and George helping her out for free was another thing that seemed rather implausible. Sure, it’s nice to think that people would help because it’s the right thing to do, but I don’t think it’s realistic. Especially for Brad since he’s a reporter. The ending was also pretty underwhelming. The explanation made sense, but the way some characters acted raised a lot of questions for me. I also wanted to know what happened to the other characters, but the epilogue just skipped that entirely. That was disappointing.

Overall, it was an okay book. Though there were a couple of things that I didn’t like, the mystery was very interesting, and it made me continue reading till the end. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but if you’re looking for a quick and interesting adult mystery, then this one may be for you.

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About the author

Carolyn Courtney Lauman is an emerging author of mysteries and psychological suspense. Deceptive Waters is Carolyn's second novel, and the first in her Deceptive series. Against Their Will was launched by Reedsy Discovery in September 2019. She resides in North Carolina with her husband. view profile

Published on February 21, 2020

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70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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