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Taking on Water

Author : David Rawding
Published: 18 August 2015
Reviewed: 10 September 2015

What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Red Adept Publishing in return for an honest review via NetGalley.


  3 out of 5 stars



When James Morrow, a social worker, first meets Kevin Flynn, he suspects the teen is being abused. To learn more about Kevin’s home life, he gets to know the boy’s father, Tucker, who’s a lobsterman. James is able to put his suspicions to rest, and the two families begin to form a friendship.

When a kid at the local recreation center dies of an overdose, Detective Maya Morrow adds the case to the long list related to the drug problem plaguing the small New Hampshire coastal town of Newborough. But her investigation gets her much too close to the dangerous players.

Both the Morrows and the Flynns are holding dark secrets, and when their lives collide, tragedy is inevitable.

Newborough, a small fishing town in New Hampshire is the picturesque setting for this challenging novel, the descriptions of the setting are wonderful, you can almost smell the salty sea air, imagine the hypnotic waves and the fishing boats bobbing along with the tide, but this is where the idyllic tone ends.  There is a drug epidemic in the area and it’s slowly seeping into everyone’s lives in the area.
James Morrow, a social worker, meets Kevin Flynn, a young lad who he discovers has suspicious bruises whilst they are playing basketball together.  And once a social worker always a social worker, James makes it his mission to check out if there is any abuse in Kevin’s home life. Satisfied there is no abuse but instead a loving home, James and his wife Maya strike up a friendship with Kevin’s parents Tucker and Melanie Flynn. 
From here, the  novel chops and changes to narration by Tucker, James and Maya, sometimes quite confusingly so in the constant jumping.
Each of the characters sees the impact of the drug problem plaguing their small town, but there’s little that can be done until the Police get control of how it’s being brought into the area.  Maya, a detective with New Hampshire Police investigates the evidence but with dangerous consequences. 

As the novel progresses, the lives of the two families become more and more entangled, with devastating consequences. There are interesting “flashbacks” to James as a young man dealing with an abusive father, showing just how damaging abuse can be psychologically as well as physically. 
Keen not to spoil the book for other readers, I will say there are twists and turns in this novel that will catch you by surprise, one in particular I saw coming, but still was shocked at when it happened.

The characters are well written in this novel, physical descriptions are very good, as are the personalities given to each, you can imagine the stubborn streak in some characters, especially James and Tucker, but there are times when the reader can sympathise with the plight of the character or relate to them. 

The pace of the novel was slow to start, but it didn’t have pick up towards the end, the last few chapters of the novel turn into a speed reading exercise to find out what happens! 

I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I’d hoped, it felt too choppy too me, granted everything seemed to tie up in the end, it was a challenge to keep reading but I am glad I did, just to find out “whodunnit” and how it all ends for the characters.  I did like the final twist at the end, it gave me a dark humour chuckle. 

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Mystery, Crime and Thrillers.

I would like to thank Red Adept Publishing for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 18th August 2015.  A copy can be purchased here Taking on Water (UK Kindle Version)

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