Friday, December 13, 2013

BR: Tainted Waters by Maggie Thom

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


“You’re fired!”

Sam’s hands slammed down on the arms of the office chair as she jerked forward. “Because some dude stole a necklace from his wife, pawned it and got the insurance for it? And I had the nerve to tell the story?”

“You’re fired!”

There was so much more she wanted to say to him. To tell him. It wasn’t fair that she was getting kicked to the curb for other people’s lies and secrets. It wasn’t her fault that she felt truth should win out at all costs. Climbing to her feet, she stared hard at her boss, debating about telling him again why she’d written that story. The blue vein bulging from his forehead and the deep crimson color of his puffy cheeks told her it was pointless and might just cause a heart attack.

“The story didn’t run, so what’s the big deal?”

His mottled face started to shake with fury. Sam picked up her coffee which she was glad she’d set down when she came in and took a step back. The last man she’d seen that angry had thrown a punch.

“Only because I caught it. Nothing and I mean nothing, gets printed in this paper without my say so. Very sneaky Samantha. Not acceptable. You’re done here. And don’t worry you won’t ever work in this industry again.”

She shook her head hoping something would fall into place and this would all make sense. It wasn’t like it was any different than any of the other stories the newspaper wrote – they got details, or as many as they could and then skewed them sideways if that’s what made the tale sensational. Only she hadn’t needed to do that. The facts themselves had been enough to make the story astounding. For once the paper might have been able to print the truth and nothing but the truth. The informant who’d put her on to this situation had been right, it had been unbelievable. She wished she’d been able to thank him but that was part of the agreement – no names, no thank yous, no mention of where the story started. And she couldn’t tell anyone because it wasn’t actually supposed to have been hers to tell.

“I’m fired.” It didn’t compute.

“Of course. I don’t say things I don’t mean. Now get out.”

She eyed Mr. Donner, the man that she’d thought she was going to have a lot of respect for, the man she’d envisioned thanking in the future for all he’d taught her. For taking her under his wing and making her the exceptional journalist that she was. Okay she knew that was crap but she had hoped that her initial ‘feeling’ about him had been wrong. Besides she figured that even if he wasn’t more than a pompous figurehead, there had to be some people at the paper that she could learn from. To date, unfortunately, she’d only been patted on the head and given the lame jobs. Still, she’d actually started to believe that this work might be her calling. Well, until she’d taken it into her head to run with a tip she’d been given. It hadn’t really been meant for her but since Tom hadn’t been at his desk when his phone kept ringing and ringing, she’d figured it had been hers to run with since she’d been the one to answer it. She had planned to show them what she could do and that would have been the start to her amazing career.

Another damn dream dashed.

Without stopping to think about what she was doing or even taking the time to rationalize that this wouldn’t be in her best interest, she tossed her almost full cup of lukewarm coffee across the expansive cherry wood desk, into the face of the man who had been her supervisor for a few short months.


Maggie Thom, who grew up in rural Alberta, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full time, 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


My thoughts:

Maggie Thom is a new author to me and so when I opened Tainted Waters I had no idea I was in for the ride of my life.  Tainted Waters is full of corruption, drugs, lies and murder - the book will truly keep you on the edge of your seat unable to pry yourself from it.  As the characters, Sam and Keegan, investigate the near abduction of Sam followed by a stream of threats against both their lives I found myself emotionally right in there with them.  As I reader I felt very much a part of the story, Sam, Keegan and I became a team who wouldn't give up.   

Maggie brilliantly creates suspense and the atmosphere of unease and creepiness.  Her characters inspire the reader to join them in their hunt to solve the mystery which makes them likeable, approachable and very human rather than super human.  Sam is a driven, spirited woman and Keegan a protective, but not repressively so, man.  There is some chemistry between the two but the story is driven by the mystery and the relationship of the characters is secondary to the storyline.  If you are looking for a fast paced, suspenseful and engaging read with all the twists and turns of a mystery that keeps you thinking you've figured it out only to find yourself back at square one, then Tainted Waters is for you.

I am so happy that I have been introduced to Maggi Thom, whom I hope to read again, and I would recommend Tainted Waters without hesitation.  


Maggie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and an eBook copy of her upcoming book, Deceitful Truths, will be awarded to a randomly drawn host.  As with all Goddess Fish Promotions Tours the more you follow the tour and comment; the better their chances of winning. The tour schedule can be found by clicking the banner below: 


  1. Thank you so much for hosting Tainted Waters and for reading and reviewing it. I'm so glad you felt like you were a part of the story. The best compliment. :) Merry Christmas and may 2014 be filled with love and laughter and plenty of time to read..

    1. It was my pleasure. Truly it was a well crafted novel one of those that must be physically pried from your hands...

      Wishing you a wonderful holiday and may 2014 be filled with love and laughter and lots of books!

  2. Amongst other things, I love all of your titles. They conjure up images.


    1. They do... water gives me the creeps anyway, especially lakes....

    2. Thank you Mary, I do try to make catchy titles so I'm glad they conjure up images and I hope give a hint of what the book might be about or at least what kind of book it is. Thank you for stopping by.

    3. Shannon, I'm not a huge fan of lakes either but I do love water especially waterfalls, rivers, streams. You have me curious, what is it about water that creeps you?

    4. I am a HUGE fan of running water especially waterfalls and rivers. I think with lakes it is the non movement coupled with the inability to see an inch beneath you... CREEPY! Plus, I'm from Atlanta, Ga and we have a lake, Lanier, that was built by the ARMY CORPS and when they did it they left housing and fences, etc... and just filled it in. Adds to the creep factor!

    5. Oh wow. That sounds so wrong but I'm thinking that would make an awesome premise for a story. :) I agree with you I think its the non movement.of lakes that doesn't appeal to me and yes many aren't very clean. :)

  3. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Natasha. Thank you for stopping by. Good luck.


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