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  • Suspenseful Family Drama

    Felicity fled her small hometown as a teenager after a traumatic experience and never looked back. When her sister Holly drowns under mysterious circumstances, Felicity returns to care for her young nieces. Although Holly’s death is quickly ruled accidental, Felicity believes her sister would never have been where she was found and is determined to find out what really happened. This book has a lot going for it. The suspense and the pacing were pretty good, with enough red herrings thrown in to keep the reader guessing. The female relationships in this novel are skillfully portrayed as well. I really liked the realistic feel of Felicity’s interactions with her nieces; her older niece’s wariness and protectiveness of her little sister were understandable, and the way the relationships thawed and grew gradually was heartwarming. The evolution of Felicity’s relationship with her mom is also well done, as past secrets come to light and the women begin to understand each other. A few things about this novel didn’t work for me. First, too much focus on romance, which I wasn’t expecting and felt out of place, especially in the later part of the book as events draw toward the climax. I’m also getting a bit tired of suspense novels that rely on women making poor choices to keep the story moving. It wasn’t remotely believable that Felicity would trust a person who hurt her so badly in the past and fail to question their motives.

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  • A solid mystery

    We all know someone who has moved on from or away from places and people that haunt them. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “I am never going back”. That’s what Felicity said, but now she has no choice. Her sister has been killed and the children she has left behind need the love and support of the person who knew their mum the best. And because Felicity knew Holly the best, she knows that she didn’t choose to go down there near the dark water and she knows it wasn’t just an accident, somebody killed her. So to find her sisters killer Felicity will go back. The Woman in the Water is a dark and chilling mystery that although moves at a slightly slower pace, still manages to hold your interest. It has been very well plotted and its characters are real and believable. Mainly told from Felicity’s point of view, she is a strong character and carries the story on her shoulders well. There are also plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes and although its outcome wasn’t a huge surprise, it is still thrilling all the same. My second book by Kelly Heard, she has a very easy style and does a good job of drawing the reader in and with her vivid descriptions, make you feel you are also part of the story. All up The Woman in the Water is a solid read and I look forward to reading what Kelly will come up with for her readers next.

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  • Lots going on here

    This was definitely a roller coaster ride with lots of secrets, lies and bad guys. There were lots of red herrings and lots of things that simply didn’t add up. I definitely needed a program to keep up with the action and the players and what secret or what bad guy was currently in vogue. I appreciate the ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Bookouture. This review is entirely my own and was not influenced by anyone else.

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  • A really good mystery tale

    The Woman in the Water is an engaging thriller about family secrets, small-town crime, romance, and friendship. When a young woman comes home following the accidental death of her sister due to drowning the past comes crashing back to her. The reason she fled thirteen years prior, the young men in her past, her family secrets, and the life of her sister all intertwine in this thriller mystery. Some secrets are buried in the past, some in lies, others in crime. Which ones are the good guys and which ones are bad? She must find out who is sending her sick messages, toying with her rental car, and tormenting her dreams before harm comes to those she loves. The heroine here will stop at nothing, in the end, to rescue her family and find out if the past is real. For lovers of thrillers and mysteries, this is a good one. Read Kelly Heard's The Woman in the Water to unravel all its secrets. Thanks to #ThewomanintheWater#NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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  • Full of Drama and Atmosphere

    Felicity is the temporary guardian of her sister, Holly's two nieces. Even though she never wanted to return to her hometown she rushes to be with them when Holly dies. But what actually happened to Holly? The Woman in the Water follows Felicity as she endeavours to find out, but she knows her delving will bring hidden secrets to the fore possibly with terrible consequences... Told in a 'then' and 'now' format I thought this was a compelling tale. It jogs along at a comfortable pace, it's extremely well-plotted and the characterisation is also very good. It has a tangible level of spookiness and boasts a thrilling ending. Definitely worth reading so grab yourself a copy! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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