- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (6 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477805036
- ISBN-13: 978-1477805039
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,840,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Waters (The Barkley Sound Series) Paperback – 6 Aug 2013
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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, Edge of Survival, and Dangerous Waters.
Top Customer Reviews
It's very easy to get pulled into the story because it's so well written and full of suspense and thrills with the love interest growing in tension too as the story progresses. I love a bit of enemies to lovers but Anna and Brent are an unlikely couple and I wasn't that fond of Anna in the beginning. Over the course of things she grew on me though and I enjoyed seeing the two of them grow on each other too.
Nice short chapters means it's easy to set down and pick up again, although there was very little 'setting down' as I wanted to keep turning pages to see where it was all going. It's probably quite predictable if you're used to this genre but I was kept guessing for most of it and really enjoyed seeing it unfold.
It's a romantic thriller and this is a fairly new genre for me. I'm more used to either Romance OR Thriller and wasn't sure how I'd like the two mixed but I was pleasantly surprised and now that I've finished it I actually want to see what comes next and am looking forward to the next one (is there a next one? I hope so).
Anna and Brett seem incompatible on the surface but both have hidden pasts that have affected their emotions and behaviour. Together they set off in pursuit of her father's posted information. They are hotly and ruthlessly hunted by the gang whose money has evaporated and are prepared to retrieve Anna and the incriminating evidence by any means.
With the introduction of characters important to the plot with it's surprises and turns, Toni Anderson develops the narrative through an action packed story. The romantic elements are graphically described and inevitable. The chase is not just between the rivals for the vital mail but also the protagonists. The suspense is maintained throughout with the quirky relationship between Brett and Anna who are well-developed and strong characters (to say the least) but also the relationships between their respective families. The skeletons in the closet are revealed as the author pulls everything together with surprising revelations. An entertaining and absorbing read.
Anna has to give up on the safe and sensible life which she has built herself as a single schoolteacher with a nice home to brave the dark waters of Barkley Sound. Anna wants desperately to solve the mystery of her father's death but his legacy, both to her and his ex wife, her mother, makes them both question decisions which were made twenty years earlier and finding them wanting.
This is a great romp of a novel. The story line is pacey and the stakes are high, but the author's real skill is in the drawing of the various characters who populate this tale and the knowledge that peace, quiet and acquiescence is sometimes obtained at too heavy a price. I enjoyed this novel intensely but if I had a criticism, I would say that the author tries just a bit too hard to tie up all the loose ends at the end of the book - people conveniently die and many roads all conveniently lead to one destination. However, good for all that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose this rating because it was deserved.
I liked the book but there was too much detailed love making.
This book is pure brilliance I loved it from start to finish and could not put it down thank you so much.Published 12 months ago by Pen Name
Brilliant read from start to finish great storey line kept you wanting to keep on reading well worth a read .Published 14 months ago by teresa
I bought this together with Dangerous Waters a long time ago, after reading the free sample of Dangerous Waters and thinking it was quite good. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David P