Hey there friends! Today I’m going to be reviewing Deceptive Waters. This was an interesting ARC read that kept me hooked even though I didn’t really like the characters and the ending raised quite a few questions.
Book: Deceptive Waters
Author: Carolyn Courtney Lauman
Genre: Adult, Mystery
Summary: When Mary Branson witnesses a car hurtle off the Golden Gate Bridge in the fall of 1998, little does she realize that, twenty years later, she’ll find herself revisiting the haunting details of that crash. But when a woman’s body is found floating along the dark shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Mary tasks herself with unravelling the truth behind both deaths.
Not everyone wants Mary to uncover that truth, let alone publish a novel based on the secrets she exposes. With ominous forces working to silence her, Mary turns to her law enforcement husband and a street-savvy private investigator for help. Can she stay alive long enough to finish her story?
In Deceptive Waters, Carolyn Courtney Lauman introduces her readers to Mary Branson, the lead character in her mystery and suspense Deceptive series. Enjoy reading how Mary transitions from international business executive to writer of true-crime-turns-fiction. You won’t be disappointed.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Many thanks to Reedsy for giving me a copy!
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.
One sentence summary: An interesting mystery with underwhelming characters and a kind of disappointing ending.
2.75 stars rounded up
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