Monday, 9 September 2013

Book Review -- Tainted Waters by Maggie Thom ~ Mystery Thriller

Title - Tainted Waters
Author - Maggie Thom 
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He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her...

Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offence to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false. Keegan, who has recently moved to the area, to finish his latest book is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families who own the land around the lagoon are dying off. Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed... including them.


Whilst I did end up enjoying this book, there were a few things I didn't enjoy to start with. I initially found the book slow and hard to get into. There were so many characters that seem to be introduced all at once that if I hadn't read it for a couple of days I had to keep going back and reading a few pages to refresh myself as to who they were. I felt it needed more chapters.

Having said all that the storyline itself is quite a good one and at times made you hold your breath. 

I love how the author created the relationship between Sam and her Niece DD. There were many well written relationships in the book.

As I got more and more into the story it seemed to have more substance to it. It kept you guessing as to who exactly were the good guys and who were the bad guys. I kept changing my mind.

It was a thrilling conclusion to the end of the book, where lots of questions were finally answered.


Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full time twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket,
she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her
second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured
Lies) available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the
monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is
learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years.
Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape.

"Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine