Today I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off and sharing my review on the blog tour for Deadly Waters by OMJ Ryan. This is due for release on the 15th of March published by Inkubator Books.
Deadly Waters by OMJ Ryan
Release Date: 15th of March
Print Length: 281 pages
Genre: Police Procedural
Publisher: Inkubator Books
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Several young women have recently drowned in Manchester’s vast network of canals. A coincidence? Or something more sinister?
When star detective DCI Jane Phillips begins to investigate, her finely tuned instinct tells her these are no accidents. And when she discovers that each of the drowned women has a mysterious circular bruise on the back of her neck, Phillips is sure of it — she’s up against a very clever serial killer.
But how are the victims being chosen? And who will be next?
With the body count rising, Phillips and her team find themselves in a fight to the death with a shadowy figure who always seems to be one step ahead.
Can Phillips stop the killer before the next victim dies? Or will she herself become an offering to Manchester’s deadly waters?
There are few books that have me hooked right from the beginning, but Deadly Waters is absolutely an exception! Wow, what an incredible read this is. An edge of your seat police procedural, that actually caught me off guard with how quickly I was taken in by the story and its characters. I could not tear myself away from it, which resulted in my reading it in one sitting. Between us, I even cancelled plans to meet up with friends for lunch so I could keep reading it! Yes, it is that good and is a serious contender to be part of my best books for 2020!
OMJ has crafted a solid and believable plot that is as chilling as the Manchester Canals the victims are found in! Focusing on the more seedier side of Manchester, the story is told for the most part from the perspective of DCI Jane Phillips with some flashback scenes told from the perspective of a child, that circles back and ties into the main story well. It is actually quite a sad tale and at times I did feel sympathy for the perpetrator, which was unexpected. It is thought-provoking and gives a real insight into how the actions of a person can have such an effect and shape another, especially if it is a child. At times it can be quite dark but at the same time, it is a highly addictive read.
The characters in this story are extremely well developed and have been brought to life beautifully. I instantly bonded with DCI Jane Phillips. She is an incredibly strong woman who is able to hold her own and is firm, but fair and a great leader for her team. Even though this is only my first book I have read featuring her, I can see her fast becoming one of my favourite characters. I also really enjoyed the lads in Jane’s team. They each complement her well and with their banter, they provide some lighter moments in the book.
I loved OMJ’s writing style, which is very engaging and fluid. It is also descriptive though not overdone and at times you feel like you are a part of the story watching from the sidelines He has created a fast-paced read, that has you on the edge of your seat as the tension and suspense is built up through each chapter. This all then leads up to a thrilling twist that I did not see coming! I have only just picked my jaw back up off the floor! Well played OMJ, very well played!
Deadly Waters is the second book in the DCI Jane Phillips series, but can easily be read as a standalone. There are times throughout where there are some references as to what occurred in book one, but nothing that can’t easily be followed. In saying that though, with how much I enjoyed this book, I will definitely be going back and reading the first one in series so I can get more insight into Jane’s character.
This is the first book I have read from OMJ Ryan and it will most definitely not be my last! Since starting my blog in February 2019, I have been exposed to so many new authors that I may have never come across otherwise and I am very glad that OMJ is one of them. I can not wait to see what he comes up with for Jane’s next case and what I hope to be many more books featuring her to come. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Deadly Waters which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to Inkubator Books and OMJ Ryan for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Deadly Waters which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Mix, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
The Deadly Waters Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know OMJ Ryan
Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards.
In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last. DEADLY WATERS will be his third novel published with Inkubator Books.
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