Friday, January 10, 2014

Tainted Waters by Maggie Thom Book Tour

Tainted Waters
by Maggie Thom



He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her...

Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there, twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offense to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false.

Keegan, who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book, is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families, who own the land around the lagoon, are dying off.

Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed... including them.

"This is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is over, think again." Read Your Writes Book Reviews



Keegan spun around from where he’d been looking out the window, the curtain slipping from his fingers. “What?”

She ignored him as she dived for his laptop, sitting on the bed. The program that he’d been running earlier she noted had been closed. That was good, she didn’t think she could listen to any more of it. She was tired of her name coming up all the time. She fished in her pocket at the same time. Her hand came out empty. The USB had been there the night before. She knew that because she’d checked to make sure just before she’d fallen asleep. She was about to get up off the bed to see if it had fallen out of her pants pocket when she saw it sticking out the side of the laptop.

What the hell?

Had she been trusting the wrong person? Her body immediately tensed, her fingers curling inward. Keeping her eyes glued to the screen she tried to act like nothing was out of the ordinary. She quickly pulled up her articles. There were eighteen in total. After she’d opened and skimmed through all of them, she punched the bed and said, “that’s it! Yes!”

Rolling over she came up short when she found herself on her back, Keegan leaning over her. She hadn’t been aware that he’d lain down with her. He caught her wide-eyed gaze and held it. She felt mesmerized by the sudden darkening of his eyes. She swallowed forcefully before pushing away and jumping to her feet. Stay focused, girl. Stay focused.

She walked to the window and looked out at the day of full sunshine. Staring out at nothing, she took several breaths before she felt her nerves were steady enough to turn around. The instant darkening of the room had her blinking a few times until she zeroed in on Keegan who was now sitting on the bed watching her intently.

“The uhm... the uh... lake. That’s it. That’s the common denominator. There’s something going on there. I don’t know what but someone doesn’t want me or didn’t want me writing about anything at the lake. Out of my eighteen stories, seven were about the lake or area, not one of them was printed. Harry, the ass, kept promising me that a few of them would be. He didn’t fire me because of that story about insurance fraud, he fired me to shut my mouth and stop my snooping.”

She paced across the narrow space having to step sideways to avoid Keegan’s knees. Spinning around, she headed back to the door. Feeling suddenly cramped and locked in, she yanked open the door and stepped out onto the balcony of the second floor. She strode down to the end past five other rooms and then back the other way past their room and four other rooms. She noted that Keegan had followed her and was standing at the railing looking around.

Oh great, Sam, you’re going to get yourself killed because you don’t pay attention.

Since he wasn’t saying anything, she figured she was okay.

George wanted to buy her mom’s lake property. Why? Why now? Is that what that meeting was about between Harry and George? She’d forgotten all about that. Harry wasn’t smart enough to be the brains of any operation. But George? What did she know about him?

“We’ve got to go back there.”

“The lake? I don’t think that’s a good idea. I don’t know, maybe. Maybe we need to go to the cops?”

“Can we trust them?”


Samantha "Sam" Overton has a gift, a talent of being fired or quitting a job.  It isn't something that she is particularly proud of but her latest gig as a journalist, got her fired.  It wasn't that she wasn't good at it, she was but she ventured into a story that no one wants to tell and she had been told to stay away from.

Now without a job, Sam finds herself staying at her families cabin.  An area that has its own history including her father's suicide,  but as strange things begin to happen Sam is certain her belief he didn't is true and now plans to prove it.

Keegan has his own reasons for staying at the cabin which resides by Sam's.  He is trying to uncover if his grandfather really died of natural causes or if there is more to it.  Enlisting the help of Sam, both find themselves entwined in a mystery that could lead to more victims if not solved.

Exciting story, loved the beginning introduction to Sam.  She is a firecracker and had me chuckling.  Had a little bit of everything from betrayal to romance.  Another wonderful read from Maggie Thom.

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Maggie Thom, who grew up in rural Alberta, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first book Captured Lies, October 2012, her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013, she is looking forward to publishing her third book, Deceitful Truths, available late 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine

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  1. Thank you for your review. I can tell how much you enjoyed this.


    1. Thank you Mary for stopping by and commenting. So glad you enjoyed it. :)

  2. Thanks for hosting! Readers, leave a comment or ask Maggie a question for a chance to win a $15 Amazon/BN GC.

  3. Em, thank you so much for not only hosting but reading and reviewing Tainted Waters. I'm glad it was exciting and made you chuckle. I just learned last week that Tainted Waters won book of the year in two categories - suspense and thriller. Yay! :)

  4. Thanks for the review. I like a sassy, firecracker heroine, especially one who can make me laugh.
    Congrats on the awards for Tainted Waters.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you Catherine. I too like a sassy, firecracker heroine. Sam is definitely feisty and does things her way, although that often gets her into deeper water. :)

  5. Loved this story and the inspiration behind it.

    1. Thank you Kim. This may sound odd (because it's kind of a dark story) but it was a fun story to write. It was definitely a cathartic way to use the vacation from hell in a constructive way. :)