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Deadly Waters by @DotHutchison

By Pamelascott
From the bestselling author of The Butterfly Garden comes a suspenseful new series for the #MeToo era about vigilante justice, close friends, and getting away with murder.

Florida journalism undergrad Rebecca Sorley is like any other college student. She tries to keep up with her studies, her friends, and her hot-tempered roommate, Ellie, who regularly courts trouble with the law.

When a male student's remains are found in alligator-infested waters, the university warns students to stay away from the reptiles. But then a second body shows up, and the link is undeniable. Both men belonged to the same fraternity and had a reputation for preying on and hurting women.

Ellie has previously threatened to kill men who don't take no for an answer. Rebecca and her friends thought Ellie was kidding. But now a vigilante killer is roaming campus-someone who knows how to dispose of rapists. Someone determined to save female students from horrible crimes.

With each passing day, those who know Ellie become more convinced she's responsible. But if she is, stopping her might not be in everyone's best interest...


When I was younger, my grandmother used to swear that lightning bugs knew when storms were coming. 1


(Thomas & Mercer, 1 September 2020, 280 pages, ebook, bought from @AmazonKindle #AmazonFirstReads)



I'm a big fan of the author thanks to her Collector series. I wanted to read this to see what she came up with next. The blurb intrigued me. This is a thriller, a serial killer book that's a bit different than similar books, the victims are all predatory men who have abused or assaulted women in the town in various ways ranging from putting up a pantie board at a fraternity and actual rape or sexual assault. The first murder seems accidental as the victim was partially eaten by a crocodile but it becomes clear something far more sinister is going on. There are a few chapters narrated by the killer dotted throughout the book which added an extra layer of suspense. I had no idea who the killer was. I found it hard to sympathise with the predatory men who were killed and actually wanted to congratulate the killer. This is the first in a series. The book ends on a cliff hanger with the killer's identity revealed. I look forward to reading the next book.

Deadly Waters @DotHutchison

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