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Review ❤️ Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson

September 20, 2017

dead in the water denise swanson

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder—oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

For school psychologist Skye Denison, there’s certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can’t see how the community will ever recover—especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke’s death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal’s hit list?

Release Date: Sep 26, 2017
Series:  Welcome Back to Scrumble River
Book: 1
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Landmark
Price: $6.15


Skye Denison enjoys her job as a school psychologist and police consultant in Scumble River, Illinois. She’s preparing for her upcoming maternity leave when a devastating tornado strikes Scumble River, doing unspeakable damage to the town. Even worse than the material damage, town councilman Zeke Lyons has died. Before Skye’s husband Wally, the town’s police chief, can determine if Zeke is a victim of the story of foul play, Wally disappears! The very pregnant Skye was already frantic recovering from the storm and waiting to hear that all of her friends and family are safe after the storm, and now she must find her missing husband before it’s too late.

Dead in the Water is described as the first in the new Welcome Back to Scumble River series. The book has the same setting and the characters are the same age as before, but the timeline has changed. The books will now be set in the present instead lagging a few years behind, which could be confusing. If you have read other books featuring Skye and Wally, you will enjoy the new start to the series, and if you’re new to Scumble River, this book is a great place to start.

The writing is solid and the characters’ worry and the town’s recovery from the tornado seem realistic. The author has added a clever touch to the book’s tornado theme by beginning each chapter with a quote from The Wizard of Oz. Skye isn’t working during this book, so there aren’t the usual scenes with her counseling her students, which I always enjoy, but there is plenty of other action taking the place of her work to keep the reader’s interest. The search for Wally is suspenseful and the tension will keep you eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next. Readers will easily connect with Skye and her concern for her husband. Skye’s mother and Wally’s father, who have often been overbearing and unlikeable in previous books, are both supportive and kind to Skye during this time of crisis. If the books that follow this one in the Welcome Back series are as good as this one, readers have a lot to look forward to.

~ Christine

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