Title: The Woman in the Water
Author: Kelly Heard
Publication Date: July 22, 2021
Page Count: 345
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
I know my sister didn’t die by accident. Does someone know our secret?
I swore I’d never go home to Brightwater. It would be safer for everyone if I stayed away.
But now my sister is dead, and I am driving down the familiar highway, watching the sunlight glimmer off the lake, with the memory of her green eyes like a knife in my heart.
I know Holly didn’t slip and drown out by the old boardwalk, surrounded by trees and dark water. She would never have gone there, if she had a choice.
Her little girls need me now. I couldn’t save Holly, but I must protect them.
Because if whoever killed Holly knows what we did all those years ago, out on the water, then I need to find them before they come after me.
But how can I, when there are still so many things I don’t know about what really happened that night?
An absolutely gripping, twisty psychological thriller about secrets between sisters that will keep you turning the pages late into the night. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in the Window and The Silent Patient.
The Woman in the Water by Kelly Heard is a slow paced psychological thriller. I would first warn readers that this author’s writing style is a bit different from your normal thrillers in the way romance seems to overpower the storyline as I also found in an other book I’d read. Even being a romance fan it would seem that it didn’t really mix well for me in these books.
The story in this one features Felicity who had left her home and her family years before when a mysterious event in her past forced her away. Felicity seems to have kept in touch with her sister, Holly, over the years so it rocks her world when she receives the news that Holly is gone. Felicity has been named as guardian to Holly’s children so she returns home to take care of them and find out just what happened to Holly.
The first thing about The Woman in the Water that didn’t overjoy me while reading was it goes at a really slow pace not letting you in on things for quite a long time. As someone who loves to be drawn in and on edge with this genre I feel like it was just too slow for me. As I also mentioned the protagonist returned to an old relationship in the story and with the lack of urgency in the mystery it felt as if this was just too focused on that relationship instead of giving me any huge twists or turns I crave. Others have enjoyed this one but for me it only rates at two and half stars with a style that just isn’t my personal favorite.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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