Dead in the Water – Annelise Ryan

30324949 5/5 Waterlogged Stars

On The Back:

Deputy coroner Mattie Winston is starting to feel like she’s in way over her head . . .

As the single mom of an energetic toddler and an investigator working for the medical examiner’s office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she’s moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter Emily, and has started planning their wedding, her home life is looking more like a three-ring circus. And with her boss and friend, Izzy, suddenly having a health crisis, she could not be more grateful for the newest staff member in the ME’s office, Hal Dawson.

All too quickly her gratitude turns to shock when a floating body found trapped against a dam turns out to be Hal, but the cause of death isn’t drowning—his throat’s been slashed. Hal was supposed to be fishing on his day off with his girlfriend. And when their empty boat is found in a nearby lake, the whereabouts of the woman becomes an even more urgent question.

To find out what really happened to her coworker, Mattie may need to rock the boat. But a killer is just as determined to keep the truth from ever surfacing, even if that means making Mattie the next one to go under.

My Thoughts:

I’ve waited for a long time for this book, then I decided to wait longer. Now, I wish I had waited even longer because the next one doesn’t come out until next year! Dead in the Water was an absolutely electrifying book. Filled with spine-chilling moments and relatable characters, it was a winner!

I love Mattie. Absolutely love her. She’s funny, honest, and, most importantly, real. Mattie is the type of character you’d expect to see in life, there is absolutely no stiffness when it comes to her. Hurley has definitely matured and evolved since his introduction into the series, and I really like him. I also love Emily and Matthew, both of which add another dimension to the plotline that wasn’t there before.

The mystery was excellent. It was really something I’d expect to find in a more thriller-ish book, but it was superb. It finished off with a cliffhanger, though, so we’ll have to see how it ends up when Dead Calm comes out next year.

Overall superb. One of my absolute favorite series, and a series I can’t recommend enough. Please, do yourself a favor and read these books. Highly recommend!


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