The Darkest Water, a review by Shelley

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Mark Edwards

Thomas & Mercer
April 16th, 2024
363 Pages

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A lot is happening in this story, bodies turning up on beaches, murders in trailers, kidnappings, animals let loose, stalking and car crashes so I don’t know where to begin with this review. It was just so crazy and over the top and not in a good way. I honestly kept thinking to myself “This is just stupid”.

The story started out okay and I was engaged for the most part. I liked the two timelines with one in the present and then flashbacks to 1995… but I hated the protagonist, Calvin from the beginning and didn’t understand why he did some of the really stupid things he did. He didn’t check references of someone he hires for his business, someone who gives his wife the creeps and it’s not like she’s a friend or family member even?!? And to get addicted to social media after one post? This was plain weird all the way through.

There are a lot of threads in the plot and they all link together in some weird way by the end BUT there were just too many coincidences and too much unbelieveability to look past. And don’t let me get started on a detective letting a past crime go…we’re all good here…that didn’t sit well with me. I have liked a couple of other books by this author so I don’t know what’s going on with this one. Maybe it’s me because thrillers just seem to be getting more and more ridiculous lately, like those horror movies where the stupid teenage girl goes down the dark basement stairway.

Please take my review with a grain of salt as this book has a 4.44 GR rating at the time of this review. I don’t know how, but it does. I think readers have an author they like and give books four and five stars regardless of how good the book is, but that’s just my humble opinion.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.







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