Title: Dead in the Water
Series: Water Trilogy #2
Author: Britney King
Release Date: Jan 17, 2017
THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS. THE PERFECT COVER.
A Gripping Romantic Suspense Thriller
He’s a contract killer. She likes to even the score. Smack dab in the middle of suburbia, few married couples are as competitive as Jude and Kate.
But then, most married couples don't keep score in the form of body counts. Each hell-bent on a silent pact to out-do the other, the games begin.
Who ends up on top is anyone’s guess. But with these two, one thing’s for sure— not everyone comes out alive.
After all, there are a few things they can agree on: All is fair in love and war. And if they can’t make it work— they’re dead in the water.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Most people either aren’t ready for the truth, or they can’t handle it. Truth can get you in trouble…”
Dead in the Water continues Jude and Kate’s story from Water Under the Bridge and I highly recommend reading that book first. Jude and Kate are simply…psychotic. Jude is a contract killer and Kate…well she just kills for fun. Kate needs murder to survive, to scratch the itch and I have to be honest and say I still haven’t connected with these two as characters, they are extremely hard to understand and relate to. I’m not sure whether this is because of the second person narrative or the constant use of inner monologue, but to be honest, I don’t think that this book could have been written any other way. It does work for this story.
Jude and Kate are desperately trying to settle into suburbia. Nothing like hiding in plain sight and becoming one of the norm to act as the ultimate cover for their “other” activities. Seeking acceptance from a bunch of jumped up, rich people is harder than anticipated for these two and the catty, bitchiness, from the entitled women often brings back memories of playground torture for Kate.
This dysfunctional couple though make addictive reading. I loved the little snippets of their past that went some way into making you understand why and how Jude and Kate are the way they are. While it by no means makes it okay, it goes to show just how much a child’s upbringing can have a huge impact on their future, it moulds them, shapes them and sometimes life makes them a little or in this case, a lot, broken.
“That everything bad that could happen already has.”
This instalment though does make you think, to feed the thirst, the targets are carefully selected for their crimes and it does make you question whether sometimes…is murder okay? I love a story that makes you think, that makes you question your own morality. While I cannot condone what these two do, I can see many supporters. It is that superhero mentality, the judge, jury and executioner way of thinking and while these two feel they are doing the greater good, while also quenching their own needs, at the end of the day… that is what a court of law is for.
“Quitters never win.”
But it seems that someone is onto them, someone is aware of their proclivities and is tormenting them from afar. This brings a whole new dimension to this story and also to Jude and Kate as a couple. Totally unconventional, totally jaw dropping at times, the way these two think beggars belief, yet at the end of the day I was still rooting for them as a couple. How can an author do that? These two are so well suited, yet totally different, Jude being the calm to Kate’s storm.
At times, I found myself chuckling as their dry, sarcastic banter called to my dry sense of humour. But it is these little exchanges that gave them their identities and made them human. With the body count racking up, will these two continue to get away with murder? With another book to come…I hate to think.
“We’re the choosers, the fixers, the doers – motivated by something bigger than ourselves, and sometimes that something gets in the way.”
“Cheers,” I offer, but it sounds like ‘fuck you,’ which it is, and I hate that we haven’t touched glasses. It’s bad luck, and certainly we don’t need any of that. You don’t seem concerned with luck though, because in two short strides you are standing in front of me, and your eyes are dark. You swallow hard, and this intensity, it kills me. You don’t say anything, and I hate the silence between us. Maybe you’re trying to send a message. Maybe you’re into telepathy; I’m not sure. But I’m not afraid of this side of you, Jude. It’s always been the best part. And so when you push me against the wall, I go willingly. At least at first. Because I know you, and you’ve always enjoyed a bit of a fight.
About the Author:
Britney King writes modern love stories for mature audiences. She also enjoys suspense and often finds her sweet spot penning a good mixture of the two.
Britney is the author of eight novels and is currently at work on number nine.
She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat and a partridge in a pear tree.
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