Welcome to the final stop on the blog tour for Dead in the Water by Simon Bower.
Dead in the Water was published on 9th May 2018.
Was it murder, suicide or an accident? Who will be next to die?
Six international friends all appear to be successful, albeit to different levels. A human rights’ lawyer, an IT geek, a businessman, a waitress, a phone guy and a physiotherapist. None of them are known to the police.
One of them must know what happened that fateful night on the catamaran.
Agent Georges Fournier is assigned the case in the French resort town near Antibes. He’s short on time, with a growing health problem and a District Attorney who just wants the case closed as accidental. But he’s not letting go.
Chrissie is a single mother and respected flight attendant in New York. When she finds out who her father is, she’s ecstatic and wants to meet him.
But within a week she’d wish she’d never known.
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A big thank you to Emma Welton for inviting me onto the blog tour. I purchased the book so my review is my own and unbiased in any way.
Dead in the Water is an incredibly fast paced story that I was gripped with from the first page. Although there are a lot of characters to begin with, you do begin to slowly pick up on a sense of what they are like and what we can expect of them from the first few chapters. Simon Bowers has written some incredibly difficult characters to like – always the sign of a good writing style when an author can make you feel different emotions towards the people they are writing about!
We follow the story from completely different chapters which are told from the main characters and their points of view, all completely different so you are never really too sure who to believe or trust! To make it even more interesting, the timeline starts from the day the dead body is found in the water and then it is switched up to the preceding weeks before the discovery. I think this was written perfectly. Just enough to confuse you but although enough to keep you guessing in trying to work out what caused everything to go so wrong.
The pace of this story is perfect and doesn’t really let up which you don’t really want as you try to pick up little clues along the way. I wasn’t very successful and kept having to change my second guessing of how I thought things were heading towards.
Fast paced and very enjoyable – it’s definitely a book I could see having a sequel…!
If you’ve missed any of the stops on the blog tour, have a look at the other bloggers who were involved….
About the Author
British and Canadian writer Simon Bower has spent his adult life global living. In 2018, his debut fiction work Dead in the Water was published in paperback and eBook by Middle Farm Press.
He picked up many of the stimuli for Dead in the Water from his periods living in North America, France, and Holland. An unfulfilled love of sailing inspired the fateful catamaran scenes on the Côte d’Azur, although in real life that was set on Australia’s East Coast, and no-one died. Time in the Philippines helped develop the Boracay chapters while the Oxford and London venues are his bread and butter from growing up in the UK.
Simon’s a keen home chef and adores a slow cooked red curry – hot from the outset with a surprising kick in the tail. He despises being served up literary ready meals – warmed up quickly and predictably bland throughout.
Simon currently lives in France, near the Swiss border, where his young family, the mountains, acrylic paint and sharpened skis keep him in regular mischief. His influences and favourite authors include: Iain Banks, William Boyd, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Terry Hayes, Peter James, Dean Koontz, Peter May and Stieg Larsson.
Simon loves hearing from readers, through Amazon and Goodreads reviews, and @simonbowerbooks on Facebook and Twitter.