Book Review: “Into Dark Waters” by Rebecca Reilly

About The Authorrebecca

Rebecca Reilly is a pastor and has been working in ministry for over thirty years. A wife and mother of two and grandmother of one, Rebecca enjoys hiking, jogging, and taking cruises. When she’s in her Northern California home, she works as a pastor of student ministries, a massage therapist, a health coach, and a writer. Rebecca enjoys writing mysteries (Into Dark Waters and Haunting Megan), but has also written humor (Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage), a children’s chapter book (The Geek Club), and two picture books (Heart of a Kitty and Jammers and His Flying Bed Adventure). Right now, Rebecca is working on follow- up novels in all four genres.

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About The Book

idwA cruise ship is an easy place to commit murder. Body disposal’s a cinch, and suicide’s the likely verdict. The only problem is determining how to choose the next victim.

Sad and sexy, women find Detective Jim Tanger attractive. He doesn’t care. His wife’s suicide three years ago froze his soul. When Jim hears that Sunburst Cruises has lost another young female passenger to an assumed suicide, Jim’s passions erupt. He pushes the department and the cruise line into letting him investigate. Battling seasickness and overwhelming shyness, Jim must protect the women and find the killer only he believes exists.

Julie Cooper loves her husband Joel. She hopes their anniversary cruise to Hawaii will be a new beginning for them. Before her suitcases are unpacked, someone unleashes a campaign of terror against her. Anonymous threats, cryptic messages in her cabin, and an attempt on her life force Julie to look at the one person who might want her dead; the one person she trusted with her life.

My Review

Kept Me Guessing

It’s not often where I don’t guess who done it before it’s reveal but this one fooled me. Lots of twists and turns lead me around like a puppet on a string from one red herring to another.

I thought the main character, Julia, at least in the beginning, was too good but it turned out that she had a fatal flaw in that she trusted too much, and she trusted the wrong people. Evil lurked and it touched her, touched her in ways I don’t believe she will ever forget.

Jim wanted to protect Julia from her life and from those who would harm her. From the beginning he was attacked to her.

This was an exciting mystery. I knew the author had been on a cruise when I read the details of the ship and the excursions. Great detail, characterization, and plotting. I enjoyed this book and will read more books by Ms. Reilly. I would love to see a sequel which I believe is entirely doable.

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Next Eight books and short stories on my review list are:
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (just finished)
Mercy’s Prince (He Who Finds Mercy, #1) by Katy Huth Jones
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
The Carnelian (The Gemstone Chronicles, Book 1) by William Stuart
The Budapest Experiment: An International Thriller by Maurice G. Miller
Seeker (Seeker Series, Book 1) by Amy Reece
Dangerous Liaisons by Sara Steward
Destiny (Absent Shadows Trilogy Book 1) by S. M. Spencer

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RRBC’S BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Rebecca Reilly

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Today I’m delighted to present Rebecca Reilly as my first PIF assignment. On March 8th 2015, I hosted one stop at her 4Wills Publishing Blog Tour and I figured I should re-post her blog at the time because it’s an excellent opportunity to know her a bit better.

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A Conversation with Rebecca Reilly

Author of Haunting Megan 

Tell us about your writing process.  Do you map out all the details of your stories in advance, or do your stories evolve organically?

I do not map out my stories. I love the creative freedom of organic writing.  A conversation, a jog through the forest, or stumbling upon a new location triggers an idea.  I dream through it, usually while I hike or jog.  I spend time getting to know my key characters before I begin.  Once I start writing, my characters drive the story.  I am often surprised where they take…

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