Dark Waters by Toni Anderson

Dark Waters by Toni AndersonDark Waters by Toni Anderson
Series: Barkley Sound, #2
Published by Montlake Romance on August 6th 2013
Pages: 357
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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.

An unusual tale of suspense between a schoolteacher (Anna) and a good-looking ex-con (Brent) whose connection was forged many years earlier through letters when the heroine’s father was in prison with Brent. I found myself enjoying this story quite a lot and the circumstances in which they came together – just as we get to see all the layers peeling back.

There were several jarring things which made me take a step back – such as the weird, almost child-like portrayal of Anna’s mother and slight grammatical errors – but these don’t detract from the fact that the story is very well-written and quite brilliantly conceived.