Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A RIP-ROARING, PULSE-POUNDING FLORIDA PUZZLER…
As intricate as a fisherman’s net, Riptide fairly writhes with sinister delights—family secrets, family feuds, lost family fortunes, betrayals, puzzles, sunken treasure… and murder, of course. With a bit of illicit romance and treachery thrown in for seasoning. This rife atmosphere swirls around New york artist Isabel Anders, who’s summoned home to tiny St. Elmo, Florida to deal with an emergency: the aunt who raised her has been brutally—and mysteriously—injured.
Isabel arrives to find the family mansion in ruins, her aunt living in a trailer, and, dangerous as a cottonmouth, the lover she left at sixteen just where he used to be. Waiting for her. Except now he’s got a grudge against her, a secret of his own, and some unsavory companions. Just when Isabel’s aunt seems to be getting better (but before she’s able to talk again) she dies just as mysteriously as she was injured. Suspecting murder, Isabel quickly ties her aunt’s death to another.
But to find the killer, she has to hack her way through a small-town jungle of intrigue and several generations of interrelated secrets, producing hours of pulse-pounding delight for the confirmed puzzle fan.
First off let me say one thing,,,,,, I am glad I finally finished this book. It was an okay read, I guess. However, some areas of the story moved along very slowly. One of the reasons I found it slow going was because of some dry details that could have been edited out. (Well in my way of thinking anyway.) I prefer less descriptive details and more storyline. Sometimes to much detail causes me to become bored and sleepy. I actually read another book and then came back and finished this one.
I found it on Bookbub Monday, so it was a freeby, so that was good. I've thought about this book and what I wanted to award it in stars. It was a bit out of my Comfort Reading Zone, even though it is a mystery, just a bit too much rough housing, to put it mildly, in the story for me. It is a part of my Kindle library, and I've decided to award it 3 "Riptide" stars.