About the Book
Book: Dark Water
Author: Christy Barritt
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 28, 2020
A FORMER NAVY SEAL HAUNTED BY HIS PAST
Colton Locke can’t forget the black op that went terribly wrong. Desperate for a new start, he moves to Lantern Beach, North Carolina, and forms Blackout, a private security firm. Despite his hero status, he can’t erase the mistakes he’s made.
For the past year, Elise Oliver hasn’t been able to shake the feeling that there’s more to her husband’s death than she was told. When she finds a hidden box of his personal possessions, more questions—and suspicions—arise. The only person she trusts to help her is her husband’s best friend, Colton Locke.
Someone wants Elise dead. Is it because she knows too much? Or is it to keep her from finding the truth? The Blackout team must uncover dark secrets hiding beneath seemingly still waters. But those very secrets might just tear the team apart.
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I liked this romantic suspense with its emphasis on the characters and their relationships. It's the first in and a good start to a series featuring past Navy Seals.
I like the heroine, Elise. A psychologist, she's the widow of a Seal suspected of being a traitor. When she finds information her husband had hidden, she knows he was no traitor. But when she tries to share the information with Navy officials, she finds her life in danger. She turns to the only people she knows she can trust, the other men on her husband's team. One of those retired Seals and our hero, is Colton. He was a little harder for me to like. He's got a chip on his shoulder because he feels he was responsible for his teammate's death. That's an initial obstacle to the romance between him and Elise.
I liked most of the suspense throughout the novel. I did not like that Colton and his team did not anticipate attacks even after there had been attempts on Elise's life. No one was assigned to a night watch where Elise was staying? The bad guy could approach the house with ease? That made the ensuing suspense less than dramatic for me as it was the result of naive behavior from a retired Seal.
Even with a few minor irritations in the plot, I liked the novel. There were enough red herrings and twists in the plot it kept my interest to the end. I look forward to reading more in the series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”
A Publishers Weekly best-seller, Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have sold more than two million copies, and two are currently being developed as movies.
Christy’s books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.
She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.
Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, her two sons, and her four dogs.
For more information, visit her website: www.christybarritt.com.
More from Christy
Dark Water is the fourth series in the Lantern Beach Universe. When I created the fictional island of Lantern Beach, NC, I had no idea how popular it would be. I’ve fallen in love with the people there, and they feel more like friends than fictional characters.
Dark Water is about a group of former Navy SEALs who band together to former an elite private security firm. But they all share secrets, as well as guilt over the death of their SEAL leader. In order to move on, they must find answers.
I introduced Colton Locke in the last book of the Lantern Beach PD series—Plan of Action. I knew he needed his own book and that I wanted to develop his character more. That turned into a four-book series featuring Colton and three of his friends. Blackout contains suspense, mystery, and romance—all of my favorite things!
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)