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Monday, October 5, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Taking on Water By David Rawding

Taking on Water
By David Rawding
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

When James Morrow, a social worker, first meets Kevin Flynn, he suspects the teen is being abused. To learn more about Kevin’s home life, he gets to know the boy’s father, Tucker, who’s a lobsterman. James is able to put his suspicions to rest, and the two families begin to form a friendship.

When a kid at the local recreation center dies of an overdose, Detective Maya Morrow adds the case to the long list related to the drug problem plaguing the small New Hampshire coastal town of Newborough. But her investigation gets her much too close to the dangerous players. 

Both the Morrows and the Flynns are holding dark secrets, and when their lives collide, tragedy is inevitable.  

My Review:

Taking on Water is a fast-paced and intense thriller. I was lured into the dark world of the fishermen and drug runners. Mr. Rawding’s vast experience in the world of commercial fishing shows through in his writing. This novel screams of desperation and survival. I want the poor to thrive, but to what degree? Rawding isn’t afraid for his readers to feel the pain as he leads us into deadly situations. I am excited to read more work by David Rawding. Brutal and shocking. Loved it. Five stars.

Author Bio

David Rawding has a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and his short stories have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines.  

David spent three years as a fly-fishing guide in Alaska, worked several years at a non-profit for at-risk youth, was an online adjunct professor, and has a litany of other jobs in his wake. When he’s not writing, he enjoys traveling the world with a backpack and a fly rod.

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