Author: LT Vargus and Tim McBain

Publication Date: December 17, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

Her numb fingers scrabble over upholstery, over metal, over glass, searching for a way out. Water stings her eyes as she’s dragged downward, clinging to her last breath as she’s absorbed into the cold dark below…

When Gloria Carmichael’s body is found broken and bleeding on the sidewalk just days after knocking on DetectiveCharlie Winters’ door begging for help to locate her father’s will, Charlie’s instinct is confirmed: her latest case is about more than just a simple family feud.

The Carmichaels are famous in Salem Island for their large family and charitable work, but, moments before she died, beautiful, trustworthy eldest daughter Gloria called Charlie to say she had uncovered a terrible secret that would break the mystery of her father’s death wide open.

With the voice of her murdered sister ringing in her ears —pushing her to risk everything to bring justice to the innocent —Charlie takes matters into her own hands. She won’t let another family break apart like her own, and she knows the answers she needs are hidden somewhere inside the Carmichael home.

But as Charlie races to confront her main suspect—a file containing evidence that will devastate the Carmichael family on the car seat beside her —she’s rammed off the road and over the edge of a nearby cliff. Fighting for breath in a sinking car, Charlie has to survive or other innocent lives will be taken. Everyone involved is keeping secrets, but only one twisted soul is prepared to kill to keep theirs…

An addictive crime thriller with twists at every turn, you won’t know what hit you after you’ve finished Girl Under Water. A perfect read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster ride for anyone who adores Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Mary Burton.

Book Review

Girl Under Water by LT Vargus and Tim McBain is a great crime thriller that will have you wondering what happened until the very end.

Gloria hires Charlie to investigate the death of her father, Dutch Carmichael. Dutch is a billionaire, but after his death nobody can find the will or where his money is kept. Gloria’s siblings do not want to know what Charlie snooping around and uncovering their secrets. There are many secrets revealed early on, but the secret of what happened to Dutch isn’t revealed until the end of the book. Gloria discovered a major secret and is on her way to tell Charlie when tragedy strikes again.

I loved Girl Under Water. Charlie Winters is an excellent character. She is driven and will do anything to solve a case. Zoe, Charlie’s best friend is still working in the sheriff’s department and helping out with the case. Zoe worries about Charlie and makes sure she takes care of herself. Charlie also takes care of her mom when needed. Charlie’s assistant, Paige is dealing with family problems that Charlie helps solve. The Carmichaels all have so many secrets and try different things to keep Charlie away. I was constantly wondering what they were hiding and what would be revealed next.

There is so much suspense in Girl Under Water. I kept trying to figure out what I thought happened. Charlie was confused and so was I. There were so many things that didn’t add up. I also was really worried for Charlie throughout the book. The ending was so crazy and a great conclusion to this book.

Girl Under Water is second book in the Detective Charlotte Winters series that I have been waiting for since I read First Girl Gone. This book can be read as a standalone. The reader will miss the connection to Charlie that builds up in the first book, but anything necessary for the story is briefly explained. However, this series is excellent so I highly recommend starting with First Girl Gone.

I recommend Girl Under Water to crime thriller fans.

Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for Girl Under Water.

About the Author

L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain are the authors of the Violet Darger series and The Scattered and the Dead series among others, which have collectively tallied over a million downloads. Their book, Dead End Girl, peaked at #3 in the US Kindle charts and has remained in the top 10 in multiple sub-categories since it was published in 2017.  

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