Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tainted Waters Review...


Title- Tainted Waters
By Maggie Thom
Publication Date- April 30th, 2013


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 offense 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.

"This is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is over, think again." Read Your Writes Book Reviews

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Oh my wow!   This book was awesome!   Samantha is a nosey woman that lands in trouble because of it.  She hasn’t been able to hold a steady job, has been fired from almost everywhere in her small town.  The last being the town newspaper.  Her boss needs to approve every article that is written before it can be added to the paper.   Unfortunately, Samantha’s aren’t making the cut so she is fired from yet another job.  But before walking out of her boss’s office she throws coffee in his face.   (I loved that part!)  With that being said she decides to take a time out to go to her family’s lake home.   No one has been there since her father committed suicide there 20 years previously.

Once she gets there she runs into Keegan, an author that is also staying at one of the other 3 lake cabins.    After their meeting all heck breaks loose, with someone wanting to end Samantha’s snooping life unbeknownst to her. Will she find out who it is before they are successful?

SUSPENSE… GOT IT!
CAR CHASES… YEP!
CROOKED COPS…  YOU BET!

I thought for sure it would be a cliffhanger and was ready to launch my Kindle across the room.   Much to my enjoyment there wasn’t one!    Yay!    My only complaint about this book is I wish it would have showed what happens next with Samantha and Keegan instead of ending so quick.

4 stars.

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Samantha gets fired from her latest job as a reporter. She’s not too happy as she was enjoying it and finally felt like she’d found her calling. She’s never been good at holding down a job mainly because she didn’t like the work or those who she had to work with. She’s struggled her whole life with figuring out who she is and what she wants. She’s never been one to back down from a challenge or been someone who takes any guff from others. She’s an in-your-face kind of person and has no problem telling others who she feels or what she thinks of them. As you can imagine this has gotten her into trouble more than once. She`s the middle child of five kids and has a pretty good relationship with her siblings and her mom but since she`s the only one who doesn`t have a profession or a steady job they are a little over the  top protective of her and on her case about it. To get away from her consolatory family, Sam decides to move out to the family cabin that hasn’t been used since her dad had committed suicide when she was seven. She never understood how he could do that, how he could leave her. Especially when they were best buds. She’s just starting to realize how much that has colored her life when she discovers someone wants her dead.  

Keegan is an author and has moved out to his great grandfather’s cabin at the lake for quiet so he can write his latest book. He grew up in a professional household, both his parents had phd’s and expected him to follow suit. He tried but realized that University wasn’t for him. So he followed his dream and started to write nonfiction books. He`s the youngest of three - an older brother and older sister, who have both run their own professional businesses. He`s never told his family that he had met his great grandfather at the age of twelve and had spent time getting to know him. He had left the cabin to Keegan along with a lot of boxes. When Keegan finally goes through them he learns that his grandfather may not have died of natural causes. He’s always wanted a close knit family so when he meets Sam and her family, he’s more than willing to help her figure out what’s going on.

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I love listening to music while I write. This is some of the songs that I played while writing it. The list would be too long if I wrote them all out. :)

Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert
The Power of Love by Celine Dion
Something’s Got a Hold on Me by Christina Aguilera
Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Water in the Well by Spirit of the West
Brown Eyed Girl by Jimmy Buffet
If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Simon and Garfunkel
Early Mornin Rain by Gordon Lightfoot
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) by Beyonce

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Life After You by Daughtry
Reflection by Christine Aguilera
Put Your Records On by Corrine Bailey Ray
Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
Drops of Jupiter by Train
Someone’s Watching Over Me by Hilary Duff
Love Somebody by Maroon 5
Wanted by Hunter Hayes
Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
The Guilty Will Pay by Steve Dawson
Love Will Keep Us Alive by the Eagles

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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