Tainted Waters

Tainted Waters

by Maggie Thom

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044496989
Publisher: Maggie Thom
Publication date: 04/12/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full-time, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. Her third novel, Deceitful Truths, was published 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. 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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Tainted Waters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“A Thriller With A Bang.” Samantha Overton, a reporter for the Tennison Post, finds out that someone doesn’t want her writing about GOOM Lake. The lake is located in a peaceful valley, and named after the original owners’ initials, but most families, Sam’s included, have long since moved away. However, cabins still remain, and Sam sometimes takes her handicapped niece there to swim and play. Mystery surrounds the lake, and people have died there under suspicious circumstances, but the verdicts tend to be suicide or heart attack. Sam’s father disappeared twenty years previously, and she was told he committed suicide, but now she’s starting to remember things, and suspects he may have been murdered. After she’s fired from the newspaper someone wants her dead, then Sam stumbles upon a stranger at the lake, who keeps bumping into her in mysterious circumstances. She doesn’t know whom to trust, and has a tendency to look for clues on her own. For a thriller, it was often a humorous romp with Sam plunging into her own trouble. One minute you want to cackle out laughing, and the next yell for her to run for her life. It was literally a thrill a minute as she takes chances without thinking them through first. There is a lot going on at the lake, and the police don’t seem to be interested, but killers seem to be everywhere, and there is a portion blocked off with no trespassing signs. Well, if the authorities won’t take a look, maybe Sam should. What she finds is so dangerous many have already been killed for its secrets. The author weaves a twisting plot that leaves the reader breathless, and we’re left wondering who is behind the shenanigans at the lake. In fact, I had picked the wrong person behind the plot. I figured it’s either him or a complete unknown who has not been introduced to the story. Then I’m shocked to find the killer has always been around, I just didn’t notice. Maggie Thom fooled me completely. The novel is a real treat, and highly recommended.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Engaging Thriller/Romantic Suspense I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4 out of 5 Stars. The thing I like most about mystery, romantic suspense and even thrillers, is that there is no one size fits all type of writer or style. Sure there are requisite items for each book – there must be a mystery, there’s always a victim or two and of course the required villain or villains. What makes Tainted Waters by Maggie Thom stick out from the crowd is that you really don’t know exactly what you’re getting into until you’re at least a quarter of the way into the book, and even then you have to wonder how everything is going to be tied up together. Ms. Thom definitely takes you on a journey full of twists and turns as you try to solve the mystery and get to know her characters. Plus she throws in just a light touch of romance to keep the romance lover in all of us happy. Finding herself unemployed yet again, Samantha “Sam” Overton has to admit that she has a problem. She can’t seem to stay in a job long enough to get good at it (she only lasted as a reporter for 5 months) and both her mother and her older sister seem to have the “gift” of knowing when she’s gotten in trouble again. Deciding she needs some time away from it all, and needs to come up with a plan for her future, Sam heads off to her family’s cabin by the lake and finds herself involved in a mystery that is not only dangerous, it could lead to her death. Living at his grandfather’s cabin while writing his new book, Keegan Tennison has a lot of unanswered questions about his family’s past. Especially questions about his grandfather’s death. Starting his own investigation, Keegan soon finds himself involved in solving a mystery with ties to the property and four cabins at the lake. When he meets Sam Overton, who’s also staying at the lake, and discovers she too has questions about her father’s death, he realizes their investigations are both headed in the same direction. As Sam and Keegan combine their investigations, and another owner of a cabin on the lake has an unexpected heart attack, they realize that everything is tied to whatever is going on at the lake. Especially since no one knows what’s going on with the fourth cabin or who owns it. Ms. Thom does a good job bringing the characters and their investigations together. As the story progresses and the plot takes several twists and turns, I was able to better connect with both Sam and Keegan and enjoy their interactions. The attraction growing between them didn’t hurt either. Are Sam and Keegan digging into something way over their heads? What really is going on at the lake and how is that tied into the deaths of the cabin owners? You’ll have to read Tainted Water to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Thom’s work.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Samantha, Sam for short, was only seven when her father killed himself. Now, 20 years later, she’s no closer to figuring out what her place in life is. Flitting from job to job, about fifteen of them, she’s fired from her latest and retreats to the family lake house to lick her wounds and be alone. While there, she begins to question whether her father’s death was a suicide or murder. Also visiting the lake is Keegan. He’s come to his grandfather’s cabin to get away from everything and try to get some writing done. He’s pulled into the mystery of whether his grandfather truly died of a heart attack or was he murdered. He begins to suspect the latter. It figures. Sam may have finally found her calling. She’s good at ferreting out information and asking the right questions. Maybe too good as someone tries to kidnap her. Thrown together, Sam and Keegan continue to dig into their mysteries. They know their getting closer to some answers as more attempts are made to kill them. The race is on to get their answers before someone gets them. I felt a close connection to Sam. I too flitted from job to job, never really sure what I wanted to do. Some people are lucky and know what they want to do or be. Not me and not Sam. What endeared me to Keegan was his need to protect Sam. He would be a great older brother and an even better beau. You’d be right if you thought these two would become romantically entangled. But the romance is just budding and the story is powered more by the danger and intrigue. I love a good mystery thriller. Each time I thought I had it figured out, I was way off, and back to the drawing board I’d go. One of the biggest mysteries was what was going on at the end of the lake. I didn’t have a clue and was surprised when I found out. There are a few mysteries going on in this book but you’ll never lose track of the story. The writing is down to earth and easy to follow and the story flies. Before you know it, you’ve reached the end and gotten your answers. Some of them will set you back on your heels wondering, “How did I not see that coming?” Tainted Waters has murder, suspense, intrigue, and some well written misdirection that keeps you engrossed and guessing. A really good who, what, where, when, and why. I received this book for my honest review. My thanks go to the author for a thrilling read!
mana_chellie83 More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!   Samantha is a nosey woman that lands in trouble because of it.  She hasn’t been able to hold a steady job, has been fired from almost everywhere in her small town.  The last being the town newspaper.  Her boss needs to approve every article that is written before it can be added to the paper.   Unfortunately, Samantha’s aren’t making the cut so she is fired from yet another job.  But before walking out of her boss’s office she throws coffee in his face.   (I loved that part!)  With that being said she decides to take a time out to go to her family’s lake home.   No one has been there since her father committed suicide there 20 years previously.   Once she gets there she runs into Keegan, an author that is also staying at one of the other 3 lake cabins.    After their meeting all heck breaks loose, with someone wanting to end Samantha’s snooping life unbeknownst to her. Will she find out who it is before they are successful?   SUSPENSE… GOT IT! CAR CHASES… YEP! CROOKED COPS…  YOU BET!   I thought for sure it would be a cliffhanger and was ready to launch my Kindle across the room.   Much to my enjoyment there wasn’t one!    Yay!    My only complaint about this book is I wish it would have showed what happens next with Samantha and Keegan instead of ending so sharp.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
TAINTED WATERS by Maggie Thom is an exciting Romantic Suspense/Thriller. What a tangled web! Fast paced and filled with suspense,mystery,romance,intrigue,murder,and loved ones looking for answers. Join Samantha "Sam" Overton and Keegan Wesley on a journey of finding the truth at almost all cost,including their lives,an attempted kidnapping and so much more. With twist after twist you do not want to miss one moment of "Tainted Waters". Ms. Thom is an exciting,masterful storyteller,whose characters has charm, as well as grit,plus devotion and guts. "Tainted Waters" is a must read for any thriller,suspense reader and anyone who enjoys a great read with many twists and turns. A nail biting story from beginning to end. A not to put down read! "Tainted Waters" will capture your attention and hold you to the there for page after page of adventure and suspense. Well done!! I can hardly wait to see what Ms. Thom has in store for her readers next!! Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't set it down once I started. The author has a great imagination, and keeps us in suspense til the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, and a little of other surprises. Thank you Maggie
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
When Samantha “Sam” Overton was seven years old, her life and the lives of her family changed with the suicide of her father. Now a twenty-seven year old woman, Sam is desperately trying to find her place in the world. She goes from job to job with nothing sticking. Her work history includes over fifteen different jobs, with the longest lasting only five months. Sam finally finds a job as a newspaper reporter. It was a job she liked, one she thought she was good at. Or at least she could be good at it, if she was given real assignments, instead of little local, “no one really cares” community action items to report on. She ends up getting fired only to learn that none of her stories were ever printed in the newspaper. With nothing else to do but lick her wounds, she convinces her mother to let her stay at the family cabin. The same cabin no one has visited since her father’s death. Keegan Wesley is an author who desperately wants to find out more about his deceased grandfather, Mr. Tennison. A man he shouldn’t have known since his parents didn’t want him to know about him. He has secretly been staying at his grandfather’s cabin without anyone knowing, writing his latest book and biding his time, before he starts to look into his grandfather’s death. Mr. Tennison’s death was ruled as a heart attack at the age of sixty-eight. For Keegan, his gut is telling him that isn’t true. He just doesn’t know how to prove that the death wasn’t natural. After Sam is almost kidnapped, she and Keegan are thrust together into trying to figure out who wants her dead and why. They know something is going on at the lake, but they have no idea what or who they can actually trust. With multiple attempts made against their lives, they’re forced to go into hiding while still trying to figure out why someone wants them dead. It’s interesting that the one thing Sam is good at, is the one thing which gets her into trouble, looking for answers. I was very impressed with the spirit and fight Sam had. I was equally impressed with Keegan and his commitment to protect and make sure that Sam was safe no matter what. There is a little romance between Keegan and Sam but the story isn’t driven by the romance. Tainted Waters is driven purely by it’s suspense factor. Tainted Waters is a story full of corruption, drugs, lies and murder. You’re introduced to several characters who could ultimately be the main antagonist and several smaller players. Figuring out the who done it and why can be a little murky. This is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is over, think again. Source: Author