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Dead in the Water by Donna Collins @DonnaCollinsUK

About the book

Title: Dead in the Water
Author: Donna Collins
Genre: Crime Thriller
Estimated page count: 269
Formats available: eBook & audiobook. Available on Kindle Unlimited

The Blurb

Jason Wade is an East End boxer-turned-Police Crime Scene Investigator. He likes his job, has a good circle of friends, and is never short of female admirers. But, although on the outside his life looks an enviable one, behind closed doors he has more than one secret hidden away.

When a female body is dragged from the Thames, the skeletons from Jason’s past quickly begin to resurface and his near-perfect life slowly begins to spiral out of control. But, when a second victim is pulled from the Thames with amnesia, Jason questions if the two accidents are related to each other.

With none of his colleagues believing there is a link between the two incidences, and ordered to stay away from the case by his boss, will investigating these seemingly unrelated cases lead Jason to his own downfall, and how many of his friends will he take with him?

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

My thoughts

This is a fantastic intriguing thriller with a loveable rogue of a protagonist.

Jason Wade is a CSI, but he has something from his past haunting him and he can’t let it go. He’s driving his friend’s mad, and when a female is pulled out of the river, it brings back memories. He’s convinced this incident is related to the things in his past, and whilst everyone else thinks he’s losing the plot, he gets as involved as he can….way above his station. But as he starts to dig he finds himself in increasing danger – danger that he’s not worried about, but actually makes him dig more. But will he find what he’s looking for? And will he even make it out alive?

I absolutely loved Jason. He has issues, without a doubt and will go to lengths that most wouldn’t, but you still can’t help but love him. He can be an absolute nightmare at times, and I’m pretty sure he breaks the law on more than one occasion!….but it just adds to the thrill and the action!

And this is certainly action packed. I was on the edge of my seat on many occasions, worrying about what might have to Jason next. This is packed with thrills and twists that will keep you guessing. This is definitely one you will want to keep turning the page of to find out what will happen next.

This is the first in a series, and I’m looking forward to see what happens for Jason next. So if you’re looking for something that will keep you on the edge, provide plenty of action and give you a protagonist that you’ll love then this is for you. Recommended by me.

About the Author

Donna Collins was born at home in Romford, Essex, England. Five minutes later, she was one-hundred-percent a bookworm. Her favorite novel, Enid Blyton’s The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, was a gift from her parents and now the most worn book on her bookshelf.

It was this book, and her love for 70’s and 80’s TV shows such as Hart to Hart, Charlie’s Angels, Hunter, and Dempsey and Makepeace, that lured Donna to the dark side of mystery and thriller writing. Since then, Donna has racked up many favorite authors, including Paula Gosling (A Running Duck is the second most worn book on her bookshelf), Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, and A.J. Quinnell.

Although Donna loves to write, she also loves crime – and her career proves it. Having founded her school magazine, her professional career includes not only working at OK! Magazine but also for Essex Police, Ormiston Prison Services, and Essex Offender Services. With publishing credits for freelance and commissioned magazine articles under her belt, Donna has now turned her attention and imagination to what she is best at – storytelling.

In her spare time (what spare time?), Donna loves anything scary that will get her adrenaline pumping, including storm chasing, fright nights, zombie-infested shopping malls, and séance panic rooms – with her all-time goal involving the open sea, a cage, and a whole heap of great white sharks. Donna also proudly boasts finishing the 2010 London Marathon, but you’ll have to ask nicely if you want her to tell you where she was placed and who overtook her.

Many thanks to Donna for gifting me with a copy of this book, and for her patience in waiting for this review. All views are my own.

Till next time lovelies, take care.

Chelle x


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