Read from July 10 to 15, 2015
Synopsis: Bloody mistakes, ugly scars, and beautiful lies. A tale of corruption.
Helen Gardener is murdered on a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Diamond Royale sails from Southampton to New York with her murderer aboard. Set in the 1950s, Poisoned Waters follows the stories of seven unfortunate characters and how they are affected by her death. Was it merely an accident? Mr Phillips, the owner of the ship, and sponsor of the cruise, rules with an iron fist, in search of something or someone.
Lies spiral out of control as the suspects try to survive the final days on board. Conflicted by their sense of morals, greed, and lust, they realise what kind of people they really are. Who will rise? Who will fall? Who was Helen’s murderer?
Bookish Things: 258 pages. The cover is quite lovely, but the book was a let down.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.99
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Not just from the character’s POVs either. The writing style is one of the worst I’ve seen in recent months. It is written in a completely removed way. Passive voice alert! Not to mention the use of adjectives was abused almost as much as some of the characters in the story.
The amount of typos and issues in the text outside of the passive voice issue, were, thankfully minor. If they’d been more prominent I’d have had to stop reading.
My issues with the writing style and editing aside, the story was certainly complex. Everyone was screwing everyone else. Many people hit, punched, stabbed or just down right abused the female characters and when we did find a reasonably decent male character amongst the rabble, they were from a racial minority and pigeon-holed into the completely racist societal norms from the era this book is set.
I did not like any of the characters. I did not like the story very much and, that synopsis… Don’t bring Helen into it. She’s barely even in the story, she’s not important. Hell, finding her murderer isn’t even important.
The convoluted plot read more like an episode of Days of our Lives than a respectable novel. This needs a serious edit to cull the problems mentioned above and the seriously out of hand storyline and character arcs.
Now, the ending… This is where I was hoping to find some redeeming quality. Alas I was mistaken. I don’t want to spoil the ending for any of you who are still to read this, but really… it was so unbelievable that I think I may have strained myself from rolling my eyes in disgust too much!
Strike Three – you’re outta there!
Things I noticed:
4% – humbly stood (beside) him.
27% -‘pleasure pearl’ really?!
39% – She disliked being made (to) wait.
The man was no(ne) other than…
50ish% – since when did they know she had the pocket watch?
65% – “If (delete if, add Is) this all you wanted?”
66% “You’re (delete You’re, add Your) memory isn’t…
74% – desolate desert… Desolate is redundant
88% – Several dozens (either several dozen, or just dozens)…
91% – amassed should be ‘surrounded’ or something similar.
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**