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Silent Water: Part Three of Wild Water (The Wild Water Series) Paperback – 16 Jul 2016
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As in the two previous books in the series (which I really recommend you read first) you had no idea where the story was going.
The continuing sage of Jack, Patsy, Anna and the family that surrounded them
The disagreements, the twisting of truth, times of love, of dislike, of arguments of making up.
There were times I really struggled to stop reading and turn the light out.
But never for one moment did I expect the ending - but you have to read it from the start to get the full impact of the end
Because of the way it ended, I am really hoping there will be a book 4 to carry on more with the unfolded events and find out more about the progress of their lives.
Please, pretty, please Jan
Jan Ruth does not write soppy, unrealistically romantic, relationship tales, and that's why I like her books. They tick all my contemporary romance criteria.
And Silent Water is no exception. It's the third in the Wild Water series and I did enjoy being back with Jack and Anna once more. If you haven't read the first two, I recommend you do so. You could do a box-set binge
Here are characters with full and messy lives. These are 3D people with flaws and baggage. They are credible, mixed-up and real. Even the children are complex and real. Eleven-year-old Lottie is a particularly vivid character.
Once again, the Welsh landscape is a bit of a character in its own right. There's the brooding lake of the title and, the wilds of the mountain tracks, but there's also the market town of Conwy and the seaside resort of Colwyn Bay. And, always, there's the weather doing its bit to add to the atmosphere.
The plot is a tangle of various strands, the stakes are high and the emotion full on, but the author handles it all beautifully. Love in its many forms including marital, family and sexual runs through the whole story and it sets up plenty of conflict and a fair amount of jeopardy too.
There are moving moments of realisation and new self-knowledge for the main characters, as well as old patterns of behaviour which prove hard to escape from.
There are also twists and a level of suspense which made the final chapters especially hard to put down.
This is realistic, grown-up romance, peppered with grit and a fair bit of intrigue, and it all adds up to a highly satisfying read.
Jack is living with Anna in North Wales in her idyllically located farm-house close to Conwy and both are sharing a dark secret that threatens to destroy everything they've built together. Jack doesn't go in for easy relationships. His whole life jumps from one crisis to another but you can't help liking him and feeling sorry for him in equal measures. The identification of the body of Simon Banks, pulled from a nearby reservoir, throws a huge spanner in the works for the whole family.
Jack's nightmare of an ex wife, the evil Patsy does her best to try and destroy everything in her path, and won't rest until she achieves this. With four children together, she will always have a hold over Jack and she milks it for all it's worth.
His eldest daughter Chelsey, married with a little boy, has her own demons to deal with. His eldest son Oliver is on the verge of stardom with his new band Utopia, alongside Anna's studious only son Josh who, much to his mother's horror, has thrown his potential career to the wind for a chance at stardom.
His youngest pre-teen daughter, the eccentric Lottie, now insists on being called Charley and has stars in her eyes with her sights set on a stage career.
Jack's youngest child, pre-schooler, James is the only one who's easy to look after and he has a special bond with him.
There's a lot of emotion in this story. It has circumstances and situations that are very real and also dark in places and the author deals with them in a most realistic way. Fantastic scenery and atmospheric descriptions make this tale a joy to read, even though there are several heart-in-mouth moments. It really was un-putdown-able and I'm going to miss the characters. Hopefully there will be more in the future from the Redman's. There's definitely scope for more.
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