Girl in the Water

Girl in the Water

by Dana Marton



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Girl in the Water by Dana Marton

After the death of his wife and twin sons, Army vet Ian Slaney is a shadow of his former self. On the path of self-destruction, only his best friend's disappearance in South America pulls Ian back from the ledge. He rushes to Brazil, only to discover that his friend was murdered. The single lead in the case is also the single biggest obstacle--Daniela, a mysterious beauty very much in need of protection, with a host of secrets hidden in a dark past. As the two of them track down clues and try to untangle an impossible case, they draw the attention of all the wrong people, and danger follows them back to the US.

Ian wants the murderers. Daniela wants Ian to acknowledge the hot sparks of passion between them. But convincing Ian to set aside his protective instincts proves more difficult than teaching a water buffalo to tap dance.

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ISBN-13: 9781940627199
Publisher: Marta Dana
Publication date: 10/14/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.61(d)

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Girl in the Water 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ledLD More than 1 year ago
This book was enjoyable from the first. I have liked all Ms. Marton's books but this book s my favorite so far. Good read. Well worth the time spent.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This is a very intense three-part book, where the part one is the backstory, part two focus on the suspense, and then comes part three with the main focus on the romance and wrapping up the tale. The part one tells the devastating and raw story of an escape from a human trafficking, from sex slavery that she was born into in the Amazons. Daniela's story is heartbreaking, her nearly accidental escape from the destiny she inherited from her mother is awe-inspiring, what she is able to accomplish with the help of Ian is nothing short of a miracle. But Ian doesn't just rescue and save Daniela's life, she does the same for him, with the slowly killing burden of the death of his wife and twin sons while he was in the military. The part two, four years later, tell about Daniela and Ian working for an agency in the States rescuing missing civilians overseas. They are teamed to return to Daniela's original home, to her roots, to save a baby from child trafficking. This part has an investigation, clues to be uncovered, and endless miles to be walked and search with the hope of a positive outcome, while Daniela and Ian have a battle of minds concerning the type of relationship they will have in the future. The part three is six months later, and more of a conclusion to the story. I found the plot intriguing, it was different and touched the many problems around the child trafficking and sex slavery. With the length of the story and timeline for the plot, the development of the characters was distinctly evident. The psyche and the inner battles of the characters came very familiar to me, and I learned to care about them as time went by. I found the writing style to be a bit heavy at times. I like more to be shown what is happening and getting the visual image instead of being told this and this happened because of that. The story is also told from several different points of views, and every time the viewpoint changed I felt it broke down the flow of the tale, the wave the story was on. Sometimes the point of view were secondary characters, and obviously important clues were given to a possible future development of the plot, yet they were left as it was, never touched again. Maybe those points could have been edited out to tighten up the tale, to lighten the load of the abundance of information. For me, the story took life and momentum after the 60% mark, the middle of the book moving on a bit too slow to hold the intense interest in the tale. Girl in the Water is an impressive and fascinating story. The destinies of the characters go from heartbreaking to exhilarating. Daniela's speech towards the end of the book was a turning point for me, making the tale, getting that emotional connection to her journey from me. If there is such a thing as a disturbingly beautiful story, this is it. ~ Four Spoons
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
An intense and intriguing epic romantic thriller that is both heartbreaking and heartfelt.... I was extremely fortunate to read two fabulous romantic suspense books back-to-back a few weeks ago. GIRL IN THE WATER by Dana Marton was one of those books! I can’t say enough amazing things about it. It’s an intense and intriguing epic romantic thriller that is both heartbreaking and heartfelt. It’s beautifully written and highly poignant. The story takes place in various exotic locations and, as I read, I became privy to the culture and ways of the foreign populations featured. So, it doubles as being educational in an entertaining way. The passion and love in it will honestly blow you away. It featured two emotionally scarred individuals who made outstanding characters. Our beautiful heroine was Daniela, who the book is named for, and Army vet Ian Slaney was our hero. He works for the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit, (CPRU), a DOD department that deals with recovering US citizens who have gone missing abroad. Ian’s army buddy has gone missing and Ian is determined to find him. He believes Daniela to be his best lead – only to discover that she desperately needs his protection instead. You should know that this is a darker read than those I’ve previously read by Dana as the subject matter deals with serious issues including human trafficking, learning how to forgive yourself and others for doing what had to be done and becoming comfortable in your own skin even when others don’t accept you. The characters were extremely realistic - thanks to Dana’s strokes of rich strong and stirring visualization. I experienced a myriad of emotions along with the characters as I laughed, cried, felt cradled, horrified, hurt, scared, sickened, confused, breathless, proud and in love. I could not help cheering for Daniela. Her strength of character was truly an inspiration. This story will make you think – really think – about how women are treated in other cultures and our expectations for those women. Daniela was given a rare opportunity to escape – but, in America, she was still judged by our standards and condemned for an upbringing that was considered normal in her culture and over which she had no control. Ian served our country with honor and distinction. Then… he lost his entire family because he was away doing his duty and not home to keep them safe. The guilt he felt was unimaginable. He was at the point of not caring if he lived or died. When he finds Daniela, he vows to ‘save’ her – even though she doesn’t know that she needs saving. It may be that she actually ‘saves’ him. He thinks of her as his little sister… GIRL IN THE WATER is amazing. Readers are swept into the story by Dana’s beautiful writing. I’m so enamored of it that I consider it to be a strong contender for one of my top ten reads list this year. GIRL IN THE WATER ranks up there with her very best! AND her books are always great! Just a heads up - You will want to read this in one sitting. Your reward will be the huge smile on your face at the end. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
This story starts of in Brazil where Daniela lives with her mother. In this world girls do whatever they have to in order to survive which is often prostitution. Daniela was sold into prostitution then was bought by an American named Finch who was later killed. When his friend, Ian, came to find him he found Daniela in Finch's house and learned Finch was dead. Ian stuck around, determined to find out what happened to his friend. In the meantime, he took care of Daniela. Ian was ex-military with the skills to allow him to find answers about Finch. After losing his wife and twin sons, he had anger issues and drank too much. He worked to overcome these problems. Daniela was a strong girl and just lived the way she had seen women live all her life. It was hard for her to understand that Ian just wanted to care for her but not have sex. As Ian learned more about Finch's murder, he realized Daniela was in danger and he had to get her out of the Amazon so they went to America. This was a whole new world for Daniela that she learned to love. Years later Ian had a mission to find a kidnapped American baby in Brazil. Daniela wanted to work with Ian and this was the perfect job since she knew the area much better than he did. It was hard to read this story because it talked about a difficult subject that North Americans just don't have to deal with. I didn't like the characters at first but as I got to know them more I really liked them. It was very depressing at the beginning with what the women had to do to live. Both Ian and Daniela had very troubled pasts but where able to appreciate what the other had gone through. After reading this story I wanted to go and save all the women and young girls in third world countries. I received an ARC of this book from the author but I am voluntarily reviewing it as I do with all the books I read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark intro, but once the story gets going the payoff is worth it.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
Ian is emotionally unavailable because of past personal tragedies and Daniela is battling emotional scars from her horrific childhood. After earning each other's trust, Ian becomes very protective of Daniela and, over several years, he helps her gain self-confidence and realize that her past does not define her. She is grateful for Ian's support, but wishes that she could convince him to acknowledge the chemistry between them. I loved Ian and Daniela's journey of finding true love. Girl in the Water is beautifully written. Dana Marton is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend Girl in the Water and Flash Fire. They are 2 of my absolute favorite books! Dana Marton writes the perfect hero!
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
A dark and gritty book that touches onto the all too real subject of child sex slavery in what is by far Dana Marton's best book yet. If you are looking for a light and fluffy romance, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a plot with meat on it's bones and great character development then this is the book for you. I'm not usually one to give out 5 star ratings, but this book deserves it for being a book of substance, plot, character development, intrigue, murder, kidnapping and more.
dutcheja More than 1 year ago
I just finished and I must say this was a challenging book but like all of Dana's books I loved it. I had to set it aside and come back to it a few times before I could finish and I loved the happy ending!!! I wasn't sure if I would make it but I got sucked in and ground my teeth for a while. The story was harsh at times and my heart bled for both Daniella and Ian. They both had so much tragedy in their lives, more than anyone should have to bear but together they were magic. I just wish they had figured this out earlier in the book. That's the dreamer in me!!