Review: Dark Waters by Toni Anderson

17397907Dark Waters
By: Toni Anderson
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: Aug. 6, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Danger once again laps at the shores of Barkley Sound, the Graveyard of the Pacific…

Since her rocky childhood and its abrupt, brutal ending, schoolteacher Anna Silver hasn’t given her trust easily. But when her estranged father gets in over his head—again—and winds up dead, his last message to Anna is as clear as it is insistent: she’s in danger and Brent Carver, the man with whom he shared a prison cell for five years, is the only person she should turn to for help. With nowhere else to go and with her father’s killer on her trail, Anna flees to what she hopes is safety.

​Tucked into the west coast of Vancouver Island, Brent Carver’s isolated home hasn’t seen many visitors. And his friend’s daughter is the last person he ever expected to grace his doorstep. She’s in trouble, and he can’t deny her protection…just as he can’t deny his attraction to the independent beauty. As their passion sparks into flame, the perfect storm brews off the coast of his island home, bringing with it a sadistic killer hunting Anna and the secrets she’s come close to uncovering.



This story sort of had the best-friend’s-little-sister feel to it. You see, Anna’s father was Brent’s cellmate. Anna sent her father a lot of letters throughout the years that he was incarcerated and those letters were a lifeline for not only her father but for Brent as well. The two of them watched Anna grow through her teenage years and Brent kind of lived vicariously through her letters since he’d been locked up since he was in his teens. So when he meets her, he feels like he already knows her due to all the letters that his cellmate read to him. Heck, he fell in love with her through her letters as she grew up. So, it stands without reason that when she shows up at his door in trouble, he jumps right up and helps her.

This was the first time reading this author’s work and I really enjoyed it. She sets the stage nicely for this romantic suspense. We not only get the POV of the main characters but of the villains as well. We follow them while they do some horrible things while trying to track down Anna. I think being able to get into their head helped keep the fact that there were some really sick and twisted people chasing after Anna.

I also liked that there was the added bonus of suspense when it came to Brent. Because he’s an ex-con who will be on parole for the rest of his life, his involvement with Anna, the weapons he possesses and trying to keep Anna safe while finding out where the money was sent really puts him in a tight spot. Since pretty much everything he does when it comes to keeping Anna safe, violates his probation and will ultimately send him back to prison.

Even though there is nothing that says that this book is part of a series, it is. I’m not sure what number it is in the series but I definitely got the sense a few times during the story that this was part of a series. I’m not saying that this story can’t be read as a stand-alone because that’s precisely what I did but I think I would have had more connections with some of the secondary characters and quite possibly the main characters had I read the previous books.

This was definitely a great story that mixed a lot of elements into it. We had suspense, romance, redemption and salvation. I will definitely be reading more from this author.


1favepart“He rubbed his hand over his brow. He was stark naked except for his gun, and now some woman was standing on his deck? He hoped to hell she wasn’t a Jehovah’s Witness because she was about to have a come-to-Jesus moment.”


2 Thoughts on “Review: Dark Waters by Toni Anderson

  1. The suspense sounds well done

  2. Love that cover and this sounds good. Don’t know why I haven’t heard of it before.

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