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Dark Water: Part Two of Wild Water Paperback – 10 Jul 2014
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About the Author
Jan Ruth writes contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic with a smattering of humour, dogs and horses. Her books often blend rural life with city business, exploring the endless complexities of relationships.
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It started off gently, following Anna, Jack, Patsy and the children. Lottie one of the children had me giggling big time at one stage.
It became more and more gripping as the story advanced.
I do not know how to do this book justice, for although there are some pretty gruesome happening, and I mean gruesome, you had to carry on reading to find out what was going to happen.
On Facebook when I tagged Jan in a post, and said wow - she said wait till you get to the epilogue.
Oh dear I have now had to buy book 3 as I have to find out who, what, how!
That is all I am saying as I don't do spoilers
Do read book one first, which is called Wild Water (The Wild Water Series:1)
You know how it is when the most important decisions (the one’s that might, just might, mess up your life if you get them wrong) thrust themselves upon you and demand to be answered when too much else is already happening in your life and you can’t deal with this, too? So, you follow the choice that tugs at your emotional heart strings, even though alarm bells are ringing in your head; you barely hear your own voice of reason above the clatter and clutter of your life and, anyway, you don’t have the time or energy to think straight.
This is what happens to Jack and the choice he makes is to let bygones be bygones and go along with his ex- wife’s plea to move herself and their children into Jack’s cottage, just down the road from Jack’s love nest with Anna.
Everyone but Anna thinks the devious and manipulative Patsy has reformed and is finally acting in her children’s best interest. Anna is the voice in the wilderness, ignored and increasingly marginalised. Jack is torn between his two great loves – Anna, and his kids from his marriage to Patsy. He has to do what is right for his kids but it seems that Anna is unwilling to compromise. As the strain on their relationship takes its toll, Simon Banks is watching and waiting to destroy all that Jack holds dear.
Jan Ruth is a master story-teller. Her characters and their predicaments are so human and so real that you are immediately immersed in their lives; feeling their pain, their joy, and sharing in their laughter, their fears and insecurities. I was rooting for Anna in this one, clasping my forehead with my hand and thinking, oh no, Jack, you IDIOT! Read it, you will see what I mean!
I’m sure these are real people. I’m sure the farm exists, and I could walk into the estate agents and find the characters sitting there. The detail, the nitty-gritty of family life – of extended family life when mistakes come home to roost and nothing is quite what it seems. We’re all like this in reality, multi-faceted and only showing others what we want them to see. This is what I love about this author, the sheer authenticity of her world, where we can see ourselves in these people.
Highly-recommended reading for all generations.
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