Sloan makes really poor choices. Why doesn’t she have a partner? Ugh. I think male writers struggle with understanding a female point of view and should refrain from having a female lead. I really wanted to like this novel but just no.
Part of the Kindle Unlimited catalog.
kate404's review against another edition
-the setting, characters and family drama
-quick, easy enjoyable writing style
-audiobook narrator was great
-pretty unrealistic in the risks that she takes. She has a young daughter but risks her life like it means nothing to her.
-does she even work?
-the mayor just hires her on her word seemingly for a super serious mission
I really enjoyed reading about her dives. The description of things surrounding her under the water, the unknown factor and the creepy vibes. It was well written descriptively.
The story itself was too unrealistic. There is only so much eye rolling I can tolerate in one book and this one was excessive. The main character just kept making horrible decisions, getting herself into serious trouble, doing things on her own like she was invincible and of course, she always escaped being taken out by the cartel in numerous situations.
It was like reading if Shaggy and Scooby were the main characters in CSI: Miami. Almost like a cozy mystery rather than drug cartel thriller. * shrugs *
It took me a while to get to the end with this one, I read another book and started another before I finally picked it back up to finish.
dawn_marie's review against another edition
You’d think I‘d learn my lesson by now regarding Kindle “First Reads,” but apparently I haven’t. I don’t know what it is about the Amazon algorithm, but it (waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more often than not) recommends books that I do not like.
What started out as a rather straight forward mystery became needlessly overly complicated by not-so-surprising twists, countless loose threads, and family drama. The meandering plot and uneven pacing was compounded by Mr. Mayne’s pedantic prose.
First person narrative is not my favorite (unreliable and/or biased narrator and all that) however I can overlook it if I like the narrator. I did not like Sloan McPherson – which is not necessarily a deal breaker – what made it unpleasant is that I was dealing with a character that I did not like and a writing style that I did not enjoy added to a mess of a plot.
The rest of this series is a hard pass from me.
hima's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? It's complicated
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
retiredlibrarylady's review against another edition
Really engrossing thriller (suspend your disbelief!). Interesting information about diving. This might be the first time I looked for the next book after an Amazon Prime first book! Not available yet
books4biana's review against another edition
blogginboutbooks's review against another edition
I couldn't care one bit about the main plot. Not one bit. The story was extremely bland.
The author has this quite amazing writing style where he wouldn't describe an area at all or set the scene in any way but then the more you read the more things don't make sense because of the way you pictured them in your head and things just magically shift in and out if reality to fit what's happening now and it is just bad. What's more is that a lot of things happen in water or marine related things but the author doesn't realise that normal people wouldn't know what these things normally are and just continues the story and I am filled to fill in the blanks and imagine how things work.
It is quite a fast read despite being ultimately boring, not the least bit thrilling, horribly written and I did not care about the plot or characters at all.