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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Poisoned Waters

Book Title: Poisoned Waters
Author: Ermisenda Alvarez
Book Format: ePub (Nook)
Obtained: From author in exchange for a fair and honest review
My Rating: 3 stars
Pages: 223
Published: August 1, 2013 by Ermilia, LLC

Synopsis:

Bloody mistakes, ugly scars, and beautiful lies. A tale of corruption.

Helen Gardener is murdered on a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Diamond Royale sails from Southampton to New York with her murderer aboard. Set in the 1950s, Poisoned Waters follows the stories of seven unfortunate characters and how they are affected by her death. Was it merely an accident? Mr. Phillips, the owner of the ship, and sponsor of the cruise, rules with an iron fist, in search of something or someone.

Lies spiral out of control as the suspects try to survive the final days on board. Conflicted by their sense of morals, greed, and lust, they realise what kind of people they really are. Who will rise? Who will fall? Who was Helen's murderer?

Review:

I was given an ePub copy of this work by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. It was because it is a thriller/crime/mystery novel that I had decided to accept this piece of work as I do enjoy that genre.

As the Diamond Royale Cruise ship makes it way from Europe to New York some unfortunate incidences occur. A woman is stabbed on the deck; another woman comes to her aid to try to help her. A gentleman hears the attack happen, but is unable to see who is involved as he has his own accident. Another couple is on the deck, but they do not want to get caught doing what they were doing, so they both run off in different directions as they were forbidden by society to be together.

The woman who was stabbed, Helen, dies. The woman who came to her aid, Patricia, is detained for questioning. The gentleman who had his own accident, Harold, turns out to be a crazy man. And the other couple, Sylvia and Benjamin, tries to keep their secret love affair just that…a secret.

Mr. Phillips, the owner of the ship and banker, had requested for Michael, one of his current employees and one that desperately wanted to be a partner in the bank, to investigate the murder of Helen, and to retrieve something stolen from him that was very valuable. And, he wanted the investigation completed by the time they docked in New York.

During the investigation, other murders and attempted murder occur and someone is detained. Michael believes that he has caught the murder. Mr. Phillip wants the thief caught as well. Michael catches the thief. He has completed his tasks…or has he?

I cannot lie; the start of this book was a little difficult to follow. I had come very close to putting this into my CNF (could not finish) pile. But, I am glad that I stuck to it. I gave it 3 stars because of how confusing and difficult the start was, and because I didn’t feel that “connection” that I look for when reading. Once I got past chapter 6, though, it all seemed to flow together and was quite an enjoyable read.



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1 comment:

ermiliablog said...

I'm glad you pushed through the first few chapters. I will have to look into them to see how I can help them flow better. :) I'm still glad you found the read enjoyable! All the best with the blog, Jason.

- Ermisenda