Monday, July 16, 2018

Darkwater Secrets

Darkwater Secrets
Darkwater Inn, Book 1
Robin Caroll
(Gilead Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1683700685
July 2017/272 pages/$15.99

A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and general manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. But she is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide's childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim's past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend--the woman he's quietly loved for years--kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can't press Adelaide too hard . . . because he's keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?


“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of twenty-six years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home.

Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

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Robin Caroll once again displays her ability to rob me of all sense of time or place in her brand-new thriller. Even the titles of this series and first novel send a chill up my spine. While I'm not sure I would be brave enough to actually spend a weekend at a hotel with such a name as Darkwater Inn, I gladly "checked in" for the length of time it took me to devour this story. Caroll weaves a mysterious tale populated with believable and sympathetic characters and a plot that becomes more complex with every chapter. Each time I thought I had determined the resolution and identified the culprit, a new layer took me another direction. As always, Caroll's expert pacing and ability to make the reader vicariously experience each emotion and situation kept me glued to the pages. A subtle but steady faith message reminds the reader of the long-term damage that buried secrets cause. Darkwater Secrets is a must for your summer reading list.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from Gilead Publishing and NetGalley for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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