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Dangerous Waters (Barkley Sound #1)

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Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murd ...more
Published November 20th 2012 by Montlake Romance
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 fast paced, exciting, romantic, stars!

Dangerous Waters by Toni Anderson is a romantic suspense-slash-mystery set in Bamfield, British Columbia. It’s an intriguing tale of murder, cover-ups, and a community either too scared or too complacent to get involved in any of it.

Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon rea
Dangerous Waters is the first book in Toni Anderson's Vancouver Island - Carver Brothers series. Sergeant Holly Rudd is in Bamfield on Vancouver Island to solve a murder. But she discovers she bares a striking resemblance to a woman who was murdered 30 years before. Finn Carver is a diver. He was one of the divers who discovered the body and, apparently, a suspect.

I have read a few of Toni Anderson's books and have not been disappointed yet. There was a nice balance on the mystery/suspense and t
Nov 22, 2014 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-suspense, nov, 2012, arc
3.5 Stars

Dangerous Waters opens with a chapter that grabs you. A glimpse into the past that provides a puzzle piece that you know is somehow key to the current story but you have no idea how or you just have to keep on reading.

The Canadian landscape provides the backdrop for this latest offering from Toni Anderson. As a Canadian I very much appreciate that the story takes place in Canada because it doesn’t happen very often.

Scuba diver and former Special Forces agent Finn Carver’s un
SOS Aloha
Nov 17, 2012 SOS Aloha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hawaiian Proverb: He ho'okele wa'a no ka la 'ino
"A steersman for a stormy day"
A courageous person

Toni Anderson had to work for this five star review from me as romantic suspense is not my first choice of reading genres. In fact, I tend to shy away from it because I want reading to be a pleasant escape. Yet I requested to review DANGEROUS WATERS because of the Pacific setting, the capable heroine investigating the murder, and the mysterious hero impeding her investigation. Plus the setting, hero
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield, British Columbia, after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes Bamfield is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. At first, she shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence.

Finn Carver, a former Special Forces soldier turne
Apr 14, 2013 Bookphile rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope, I give up. I just can't drag myself through this book any longer.

Full review:

Though I don't typically read romantic suspense when I'm looking for a suspense novel, there are some books in the genre that I enjoy. I'm always a fan of good romantic tension between characters, as well as the "will they or won't they" question (which, of course, usually turns into "Of course they will!"--but I digress.) However, it has to be done well, and the romantic tension is something this book does not do
Oct 07, 2012 Jacqui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toni Anderson's "Dangerous Waters" (Montlake Romance 2012)is from the new genre of romantic thrillers. I should have looked closer when I picked this book out of the 'thriller' category and noticed the publisher. Duh. Instead, I spent most of the 350 pages wondering how such intelligent characters could fall prey to teenage emotions so succinctly?

Let me back up. If you can leap over the nonstop romantic innuendos, thoughts, and emotions, this is a wonderful story. Thomas Edgefield and Finn Carve
Kathy Martin
Nov 12, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a romantic suspense title that nicely balanced both the romance and the suspense. The story starts with a murder of a 24-year-old woman and her six week old son. Her two year old daughter disappeared at the same time. Than thirty years pass.

The woman's husband is Dr. Thom Edgefield. He has never let the unsolved case rest. He has devoted his life to harassing the police to keep working on the murder. Along the way he has reported any suspicious behavior to the police which has not endea
Kathy Altman
Nov 25, 2012 Kathy Altman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With vibrant writing, a cast of damaged, captivating characters and a plot that’s deliciously diabolical, Dangerous Waters will have you mesmerized from page one. Anderson writes in a dark, edgy style reflected in the setting, the story line, and the secrets that haunt the members of this close-mouthed coastal community. Her characters are multi-dimensional and sympathetic—I was especially moved by the thorny relationship between Finn and his ex-convict brother. The sexual tension is high, the h ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Maggie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The female lead is hard to like. She falls victim to adolescent emotions and pouts when people don't fall in line with her plan. No need to mention she has just recently had an affair with her married boss and aside from not wanting to be around him doesn't seem to experience much shame about it. Found myself rolling my eyes nearly every time she spoke.

And I was totally jarred by Toni Anderson describing Holly's breath as "puffing like the Hogwarts Express." Was it necessary to bring a Harry Pot
Jo-Ann Carson
Apr 06, 2015 Jo-Ann Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toni Anderson’s Dangerous Waters is a superbly written Romantic Suspense. The author describes Bamfield, a small town on the rugged west coast of Canada, so well that that the isolated setting emerges as a cruel and complex character. As the hero says, “The village…had always been full of secrets and lies, darkness hidden beneath the quiet, picturesque exterior.”
The other characters in the story are fully developed. Finn Carter is ruggedly handsome and filled with integrity. The heroine, Holly
4 Stars - Dangerous Waters is an adult romantic suspense thriller by Toni Anderson and the 1st book in her The Barkley Sound series.

“There's a reason this part of Vancouver Island is called the Graveyard of the Pacific... Barkley Sound is notorious for violent squalls and surging swells that come out of nowhere and suck you down into the pitiless black depths and never let go.”

Set in the small coastal town of Bamfield, Vancouver Island, Canada, Dangerous Waters is a thrilling combination
M.J. Fredrick
Apr 01, 2013 M.J. Fredrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like Tami Hoag, you'll love this book! I was stumped until the end, but then it all made perfect sense. Taut, tense romantic suspense, with plenty of twists.
Susan Tunis
Only danger is to your brain cells

When one is a connoisseur of the genre known as "trashy underwater fiction" (coined by me), novels like Toni Anderson's Dangerous Waters are the risk you take. It's simply the worst thing I've read in quite some time.

I was attracted to the novel's plot, involving two divers out of a British Columbia marine research station stumbling upon a body while on a night dive in a wreck. The death is the result of neither natural causes nor a dive accident, but rather the
Kara Jorges
Dec 31, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ugly secrets of a picturesque Canadian town are exposed after Finn Carver and his best friend Thom discover a body in a shipwreck. Finn smells a set-up, since the knife protruding from the body belongs to Thom, and only the two of them are supposed to know the shipwreck even exists. Finn’s troubles only escalate when the Mounties are sent in, including one very attractive Sergeant Holly Rudd.

Holly’s attraction to Finn is a big problem, since he’s technically a suspect in her case. She’s als
Darcia Helle
Dangerous waters has a great storyline, a well-developed plot and likable characters. I was intrigued by the setting, with the small remote town and the diving adventures. There are twists along the way, some expected and others more surprising. The story definitely held my interest and kept me turning pages.

The romance here is the main focus, with the suspense playing out in the background. That is often the case with the romantic suspense genre, but can still often have a unique and modern sp
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Great small town murder mystery with lots of twist and a romance.

Opens with a shocking murder that happened 30 years ago and then goes to present day where another murder has happened. The story takes place in a small remote town in Canada. After two divers find a body underwater Sergeant Holly Rudd of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and her team arrive to investigate. Holly's father is a commanding officer with the RCMP and she always felt she had to prove herself. This was her first time be
Jan 23, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous Waters
Toni Anderson

My"in a nutshell" summary...

Seaside village...thirty year old sort of all comes to a full circle.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Finn and Holly...Holly and Finn...magnetic attraction from the start in spite of Holly's attempts to stay away from Finn...circumstances and events just continued to place them in each other's paths. Holly comes to the island to investigate a murder...a body with a knife embedded in its chest was found on a dive. This is
Feb 06, 2013 Larena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary, Suspense
Bamfield, Vancouver Island, Canada

Holly Rudd arrived in Bamfield to investigate a body found by divers with a knife sticking out of its chest. While investigating the death Holly quickly realizes that the small community has a lot of secrets that it has been hiding for years. One of the most disturbing secrets is Holly’s resemblance to a woman murdered three decades ago. Holly can dismiss her resemblance to the woman but what she can’t dismiss is her attraction to Finn Car
Apr 06, 2013 "E" rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I found myself enjoying trying to figure out whodunnit and why, this book fell kind of flat for me. The main character, Holly, acted ridiculously in my opinion. She is portrayed as very driven and dedicated to her career, but she very quickly gets romantically involved with a suspect in her investigation. She can't keep her hormones in check for even a week while they try to close the case? And I didn't really see the attraction to Finn.

I liked the Canadian setting, though what kind of sma
El misterio-suspense ha estado bien (no brillante, pero bien) aunque el desenlace me ha parecido muy flojo. Realmente los buenos están toda la historia dando vueltas sin llegar a ningún lado hasta el final, donde todo se soluciona de repente. Me gustan más las historias donde los buenos hacen cosas inteligentes y van desvelando el misterio durante la trama y no todo al final de golpe y porrazo. Aquí, por desgracia, los buenos hacen cosas estúpidas por el bien de la historia.
El romance tampoco es
Apr 20, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This two book series opener sets the stage for life in a remote town on Vancouver Island, BC. There are essentially two stories in play. A body has been found in a submerged shipwreck by two men from the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center. One of the men, Thom Edgefield, Director of the Marine Lab, discovered the bodies of his wife and infant son thirty years earlier. His two year old daughter was never found and he has never stopped looking for her. The other man is Finn Carver, divemaster and for ...more
Shirley Wells
Aug 06, 2013 Shirley Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Toni Anderson's writing. My favourite was Edge of Survival (if you haven't read it - do!) and now I have another favourite. Dangerous Waters is fast paced, taut and tense. It's an intriguing tale of murder that keeps you hooked from the first page to the last. I loved this book!
Jessica Poole
Apr 08, 2014 Jessica Poole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, I just love Toni Anderson's books! They are full of suspense/romance/drama and always leave the reader guessing until the very last minute. She's such a powerful writer with the ability to weave intricately captivating stories. It's funny because the name of one of the characters sounded familiar and after a little while I realized I had read a previous book by Toni on this character. I looked it up and yep - that was the first book of Toni's that I ever read (Dark Waters). I read the ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Zroya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obwohl Klappen- und Rückentext schon ziemlich viel vorweg nehmen und einen sehr umfassenden Eindruck der Story bieten, habe ich mir vorgenommen, völlig unbeleckt und vorurteilsfrei an das Buch heranzugehen. Das war auch ganz gut so, denn anders als erwartet war die Geschichte nicht ganz so, wie es die Buchbeschreibung vermuten lässt.

Die ersten Seiten schildern einen Mord an einer jungen Frau und ihrem Kind, der mich schon in der Leseprobe für sich begeistert hatte. Mit dem Start des ersten Kapit
Feb 18, 2014 Mei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This book should be read as the first book in this series, as things happening here are perior to those in Dark Waters.

I must say that I enjoyed more Dark Waters than this one.
Don't get me wrong, it is NOT a bad book, but I was expecting it to be better.

The story was nice and the pacing was breakneck, but often I found myself slightly bored.

I didn't overly liked the heroine, Holly. She was too stiff. Too competitive. So unlikeable...

Also the hero, Finn, didn't met my expectations. He was too afr
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Suspense Magazine
Dangerous Waters
By Toni Anderson
“Dangerous Waters” is the fifth book from Toni Anderson. I can report that if you enjoyed her previous suspense romance, “Edge of Survival,” or any of her stories for that matter, then this latest tale will not disappoint. Anderson follows a formula, which I am sure fans of her books will wholeheartedly applaud.

Her recipe for a successful suspense seems very simple but certainly difficult to replicate if you haven’t her talent for plotting. Take a feisty police in
Feb 02, 2014 Olimpia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous Waters is another great book written by Toni Anderson. Finn Carver and his friend, Thomas Edgefield have found a sunken ship with a valuable find, and with it a dead body. Sergeant Holly Rudd is the investigating officer. Together they work to find a killer.

This was a nonstop fast paced suspense romance story. Lots of twists and turns throughout. It was action packed and hard to put down. Multiple mysteries going on, it made for a thrilling ride.

Well written and highly recommended.
Adrienne Testa
Holly Rudd is sent to a small coastal community to investigate the murder of a man found in a sunken ship. Of course, Holly has her hand filled with the murders piling up, her boss' as a past lover and people wanting to keep their secrets. Holly gets more than she bargains for when she not only learns the truth about her self but who her father is. Its more romance than solving the murders. The pace slows to point you want to just read the last chapter.
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“Barkley Sound was notorious for violent squalls and surging swells that came out of nowhere and sucked you down into the pitiless black depths and never let go. “You sure you want to do this?” he asked. Professor Thomas Edgefield, director of Bamfield Marine Science Center, nodded and stood awkwardly with his three air tanks secured to his back—two cylinders and a pony backup.” 0 likes
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