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Deadly Waters

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A clever storyline that twists and turns and had me guessing throughout. A gritty read, the characters are down-to-earth and give a real sense of northern spirit; hard working, no nonsense. DCI Phillips and her team have a genuine banter between them that engages. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
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Review for 'Deadly Waters' by OMJ Ryan

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Inkubator books. 

This is the first book that I have read by this author. It most definitely won't be my last!!! 

This book is the second book in the 'Detective Jane Phillips series'. I read this as a standalone and it was easily done. There were some references to a case in Jane's past but I was given any information necessary. 

This crime thriller sucked me straight into the storyline and  kept me on a roller-coaster ride all the way through until the fantastic ending!! A true page turner! 

This novel is based in the UK and has a very strong female lead. Both bonuses for me as I'm a female from the UK =D  

Written third party so can see what different characters were doing at different times including the killer. 

I Absolutely loved the detectives! Great senses of humour, strong and realistic characters. 

The book is very well written with great descriptions throughout really putting me in the story. 

I did think I'd worked the killer out and was gutted but so glad I was wrong!!!! I wasn't completely surprised though as that person was part of my theory of who the killer was. Normally I would remove a star rating from a book for this but my 4* is I enjoyed the book and 5* is I loved it and I still absolutely loved it!!! 

The plot is filled with crime, drugs, prostitution, murder and suspense. There are some cases of child abuse as part of the main storyline. 

I was originally drawn to this book by its colourful and interesting cover and intriguing blurb. They both relate well to the plot. 

I would recommend this book to fans of crime, suspense, thrillers, Angela Marsons, C. L. Taylor and anyone looking for a great read.  

290 pages

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Deadly waters by OMJ Ryan. 
This is Detective Jane Phillips book 2.
Someone has been watching. Now the guilty will be punished.
Really enjoyable read. Great story and some good characters. I liked the cover. 4*.
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I missed DCI Jane Phillips' first adventure (it's on my reading pile now), but this one sucked me in regardless - I know the territory that she patrols, and recognised some of the sights she sees. More than that, though, Deadly Waters is a first rate murder mystery, and Phillips is a first rate detective. And as for the ending... well, you'll see.
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Although not the most innovative detective fiction, I enjoyed the writing. There was enough tension within the main plot to keep me reading at a fairly fast pace. I didn't love the political tension between DCI Philips and her boss as it didn't add to the tension or story in a meaningful way (for me at least). Aside from minor nitpicks I was intrigued by the characters and am curious about other books in this series.
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DCI Jane Phillips reminds me a lot of Hillary Green, only with this crew they have a little less tension in their environment. With that saying, this crew is one of my new favorites, they keep you enticed to the gripping and captivating pages. The storyline of this book is a moving and electrifying one, it gives you no time to relax, every chapter pulls you further into its intriguing and dangerous web. The characters are great, they keep you entertained on every page, although in my opinion, they have very dirty and foul mouths, always with the f-bombs and family. They kind of spoil the fun and enjoyment of them for me, but I have to be honest it’s a great read.
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Thank you NetGalley and Inkubator Books for this arc.

I was a little disappointed with this read.  This is the first book by this author that I've read and maybe I'm just missing the backstory.  Serial killers of prostitutes is nothing new...  So basically a story of reheated left-overs.  Okay, I can eat left-overs....  as long as they're served on a pretty plate and maybe spiced up a bit.

The character of Jane Phillips had no spice (and very little salt to begin with).  The rest just seemed to be a paper plate.  It was all just too flat for me.  The author was more of a tell it rather than a show it.  It was a fast-paced read with a few red herrings to keep it interesting,   There was some police politics between Jane and her supervisor that probably was supposed to keep the story's tension high, but just felt OTT for me.  Rather than adding to the story for me, it just served to detract from Jane's character credibility.

2.0 stars
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I am loving this series, a great story line which had me gripped till the last page. I'm looking forward to reading more
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An excellent read and a twist that I only saw just before it was sprung on me.

The Manchester canal 'pusher' stories are quite well known, and this was a clever use of that material being put to a slightly different use.

This was a really engaging book with characters that were credible and well rounded. You might not like all of them, but you certainly cared about what was happening to them.

If I were to be picky, there were a couple of questions left unanswered, a couple of threads that could be tied up a little more neatly; but that in no way detracted from the excellent story.

I'll be looking out for more from this author.
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I received a free advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. Thanks NetGalley and Inkubator Books! 

Deadly Waters is an extremely fitting title for this book. Someone is murdering the ladies of the night by drowning them with the help of cold water shock. DCI Phillips and her team are determined to find the killer.  However, from early, we learn that the killer has an advantage in this cat and mouse game, a police scanner which is explained away to the prostitutes as a way to ensure they are not disturbed. But DCI Phillips and her team are not going to give up easily.

This book was written from three different perspectives. That of Phillips, describing the chase from their viewpoint. Fletch, a child of a prostitute who is badly abused. And the killer who describes each murder.

I liked Phillips' team, particularly Entwistle. He seemed to be a bit naive and the rookie of the department. The others loved to play harmless pranks on him, which he himself found quite funny. He was also the computer whiz of the section.

There was one issue for me. Two of the murders took place on the 6th and 13th of November. That is a week apart. However, they kept saying the 6th was a Tuesday and the 13th was a Friday. That would not have been possible. This error occurred throughout the book which was a bit annoying for me. It really is not that hard to check dates on a calendar.

The book was a good book though. I started guessing the killer's identity before it was revealed due to some very obvious clues. However, other than that, the plot was interesting and moved at a good pace. If I would not mind trying other books by the same author, it means it was a good read for me. And I genuinely would not mind following more adventures of DCI Phillips and her team.

Suitable audience: Adults and older teens who enjoy mysteries and police novels.

Recurrent themes: Prostitution. Drug addiction. Murder. Police. 

Violence: Someone is beaten to death and the corpse is described in detail. Child abuse is described which may be a trigger for some. There are some murders within the story.
Sexual Content: Not much sexual contact but the little present is very graphic.
Profanity: Many instances of obscene language
Religious Themes: None
Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: A lot of focus on heroin addicts within the story
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I love serial killer books and O.M.J. Ryan's Deadly series is a highly gripping & twisted series featuring Detective Jane Phillips. Adding this book to my list was a no-brainer. I first read about DI Jane Phillips in Deadly Secrets which followed her story as just a tease. Deadly Silence saw the focus shift entirely to Jane and her team, making it 100x more gripping & a difficult-to-put-down book for me. Deadly Waters too, was an exciting book to read. A seasoned reader will probably think they have the killer all figured out, but think again, the big twist at the end will surprise you.

When the body of Chantelle Webster is pulled from a canal, everyone assumes its a suicide drowning. On discovering a strange circular mark at the back of their necks, Jane Phillips is hesitant to make any assumptions. Soon she discovers a similar case of a girl drowned in a canal with a similar mark on her neck. Having a very high caseload makes matters worse and Jane is under pressure to let the cases go. But someone is killing these girls and Jane cannot ignore it any longer; Being answerable for everyone's safety was why she became a detective. Further investigations lead Jane to a smart but evil killer who's always one step ahead of them. Soon Jane finds herself in the cross-hairs of this diabolical killer. Jane has already had her brush with death in a case before, but will she survive being targeted in this case?

I really loved the book and most of all the newly reinstated DCI Jane Phillips. She's smart, savvy and doesn't hesitate when doing the right thing. I love all that and more about her. I also liked how the book kept events as realistic-sounding as possible. The ending was superb and I can't wait to read the next installment!

Thank You, NetGalley, Inkubator Books & O.M.J Ryan for an arc!
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I really enjoyed this book!  A great story line that kept me hooked and excellent main characters.  I would highly recommend this book.
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It was easy to get straight into OMJ Ryan's latest novel from the DCI Jane Phillips series in this edge-of-your-seat police thriller. Ryan writes from a well researched background and although it'll keep you guessing right up to the end it's well written and still easy to follow and pick up again.
The story is based on the serial drowning of young women. A bleak life is revealed as these women all have young children but are forced into a life of prostitution to pay for their drug habits. I enjoyed the way Ryan develops the characters and relationships between DCI Phillips, DS Jones and DC Bovalino (Bov) in particular and the mystery unfolds alternating from the dark underworld of the streets of Manchester to the gritty determination of DCI Phillips to do what is right and the everyday banter of her team.
There were a few irritations early on where the women were referred to as 'young girls' as if they were children ("I'm sorry to inform you that a young girl was found dead..." I feel the Police would not refer to a 23 yr old woman as a young girl like this.) I also felt there was a bit too much emphasis and repetition on the 'not wearing a coat' in the first few chapters (have you never been on a night out in Newcastle?!)
The story is brutal at times and incorporates some social commentary on the effects of child abuse and drug addiction but it also has a heart. It is a great read revealing twists and turns to the very end.
Highly Recommended Read
Thanks to the author and netgalley
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This is another well written book by OMJ Ryan. Set in Manchester, DCI Phillips is investigating a series of drownings in the canal. There is plenty tension and a tight plot with enough action to keep the reader engrossed. The ending was superb and I highly recommend this read. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This is the second in the series and having really enjoyed the first in the series I was looking forward to reading this. This was a really solid mystery which was well written and well paced. The characters were well rounded and well developed and the plot held my interest.
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Be aware this is book two of a series but wow what a great book. Well told crime thrillers are my weakness and I am loving these books so far. Strong plot with a character you will root and cheer for. Definitely check this out.
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This is the second book in the Jane Phillips series and even though I hadn't read the first one, I didn't feel like I was missing anything.  The suspense was plentiful as Jane tried to figure out how victims of a serial killer were being chosen and in her attempts to track the killer down.  The author wrote a great suspense novel that made me want to go back and read the first book in this series, along with their other books.
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I had the good fortune to be invited to take part in the blog tour for O. M. J. Ryan's previous book called 'Deadly Silence', which is the first book in the series featuring Detective Inspector Jane Phillips.  I was blown away by how flipping fantastic the book was.  I couldn't wait to get hold of a copy of the next book in the series called 'Deadly Waters'.  Well ladies and gents, the wait is over because 'Deadly Waters' is due for release on 15th March 2020.  I was fortunate enough to have a sneaky peek at an early review copy and boy, oh boy, I thought that 'Deadly Silence' was good but 'Deadly Waters' is even better.  Once again I was blown away by the quality of the story.  I totally, utterly and thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Deadly Waters' but more about that in a bit.
What can I say about Detective Inspector Jane Phillips?  For a start, she has been reinstated to her previous rank of Detective Chief Inspector.  She is in charge of quite a large team but she has a team within a team.  What I mean is that she has an inner circle of about four colleagues who she trusts implicitly and in turn they trust her.  Phillips is like a dog with a bone in that if something doesn't seem right to her then she will not hesitate to investigate until the matter has been investigated fully and her curiosity has been satisfied.  Her attitude has occasionally got her into trouble with her superiors but Phillips doesn't seem that bothered because for her being a police officer means getting to the truth, apprehending the guilty and protecting the innocent and it isn't about counting every penny or only investigating the newsworthy crime.  I liked Phillips and once again I took to her from the start.  In fact as soon as I started reading I felt as though I had been reunited with an old friend in the shape of DCI Jane Phillips.
It didn't take me long at all to get into 'Deadly Waters'.  In fact by the time I got to the bottom of the synopsis, I knew that I was going to be in for one hell of a read and that I wouldn't be able to put the book down.  Well I must by psychic (or psychopathic?!) because I was right on both counts.  I couldn't bear to be parted from this book for a single second.  The book wasn't exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  I think that I was frightened that I might miss some vital clue or some nugget of gossip.  The pages turned over at a furious pace and then all too quickly I reached the end of the story, which I was so disappointed about.  Don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed with how the story ended but I had enjoyed the author's writing style, the characters and the storylines so much that I just didn't want the book to end.
Wow, 'Deadly Waters' is superbly written but then I thought that to be true of 'Deadly Silence' too.  This author has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  The author grabbed my attention from the start and kept that attention throughout the book.  I usually have the attention span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not in this case.  I didn't dare take my eye off the ball in case I missed something!  The author certainly knows how to start the story with a bang and then he takes you on one hell of a journey.  For me, the story was perfectly paced- it hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  O.M. J Ryan uses such powerful and vivid descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Deadly Waters' and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I look forward to reading more of O.M. J Ryan's work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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A well written and gripping story that kept me on the edge till the end.
I liked the solid mystery, the plot that flows and the interesting and well thought characters.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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The story is very well written, and the plot and characters are excellent. One problem is the changing POV with the use of first person for the criminal, which I don't see the point of doing. Luckily, the police are less stupid than in the last book.
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