Thursday, December 17, 2020

Girl Under Water - by L.T. Vargus and Tim Mcbain

*Books-on-Tour Review*

"Girl Under Water” by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain was quite an enjoyable read! I was sucked right into the distracting world of family drama, greed, and mystery! 

I won't waste anyone's time going into the book summary; the book’s blurb/description does a rather fine job of that. While this is book two in a series, it absolutely can be read as a standalone.

’An absolutely unputdownable and gripping crime thriller.’ That tagline sure does stand up to its claims. ”Girl Under Water” was fast-paced and action-packed, filled to the brim with twists and turns - most of which I did not see coming! Those final reveals were both disturbing and jaw-dropping. 

Detective Charlotte Winters's character was a nice change of pace. After being contacted to take on a case, she throws herself full force into the investigation, fighting for the truth, and ultimately the lives of all involved as everyone's secrets come sinking down, one by one. I appreciated how this book, this series, is told from a private investigator’s perspective. Additionally, Charlie's scenes with her mother made her character feel realistic, easier to connect to; after all, don't we all struggle with family from time to time? Luckily Charlie’s ongoing mental conversations with her long-deceased twin sister Allie habitually come at just the right time, providing some much-needed comedic relief! Of course, I can't forget to mention Vivien Marley - she was a hoot! You'll see why when you get there!

I'm looking forward to reading the first book in this series, ”First Girl Gone,” and hopefully the next! I'd happily recommend this to my fellow crime thriller fans!

Many thanks to NetGalley, the authors L.T. Vargus & Tim Mcbain, and the publishers at Bookouture for my advanced copy of this ebook and my spot on this Books-On-Tour event!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Title: Girl Under Water
Author(s): L.T. Vargus & Tim Mcbain 
Publication Day: December 17th, 2020
Pages: 425

Book Blurb:
Her numb fingers scrabble over upholstery, over metal, over glass, searching for a way out. Water stings her eyes as she’s dragged downward, clinging to her last breath as she’s absorbed into the cold dark below…

When Gloria Carmichael’s body is found broken and bleeding on the sidewalk just days after knocking on Detective Charlie Winters’ door begging for help to locate her father’s will, Charlie’s instinct is confirmed: her latest case is about more than just a simple family feud.

The Carmichaels are famous in Salem Island for their large family and charitable work, but, moments before she died, beautiful, trustworthy eldest daughter Gloria called Charlie to say she had uncovered a terrible secret that would break the mystery of her father’s death wide open.

With the voice of her murdered sister ringing in her ears —pushing her to risk everything to bring justice to the innocent —Charlie takes matters into her own hands. She won’t let another family break apart like her own, and she knows the answers she needs are hidden somewhere inside the Carmichael home.

But as Charlie races to confront her main suspect—a file containing evidence that will devastate the Carmichael family on the car seat beside her —she’s rammed off the road and over the edge of a nearby cliff. Fighting for breath in a sinking car, Charlie has to survive or other innocent lives will be taken. Everyone involved is keeping secrets, but only one twisted soul is prepared to kill to keep theirs…

An addictive crime thriller with twists at every turn, you won’t know what hit you after you’ve finished Girl Under Water. A perfect read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster ride for anyone who adores Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Mary Burton.

L.T. Vargus

About the authors, L.T. Vargus & Tim Mcbain:

L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain are the authors of the Violet Darger series and The Scattered and the Dead series among others, which have collectively tallied over a million downloads. Their book, Dead End Girl, peaked at #3 in the US Kindle charts and has remained in the top 10 in multiple sub-categories since it was published in 2017.   

Tim McBain
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