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Surface Tension (Seychelle Sullivan #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  687 ratings  ·  71 reviews
In a stunning debut novel featuring a resourceful female amateur P.I., Christine Kling establishes herself as a major voice in suspense fiction. Surface Tension depicts a world as deceptive as a Florida land deal, as electrifying as the hottest Miami nightclub, and as dangerous as the tug of an invisible riptide. . . .


Years ago Seychelle Sullivan had the cha
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002)
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Cathy DuPont
Could have finished this last night, but just wasn't that interested in it so I put it down 25 pages from the end. Why? It sagged the last third of the book and kept sagging until it really got tiresome. Most times I cannot and will not do that. I'll read until after midnight if needed.

If the rating would let me rate the book in thirds, I would give the first two-thirds a 3.5 or 3.75. But no can do.

It started with a bang and a real mystery and kept getting better. Like I said, in the final thi
The supposedly detail focused detective, despite ample evidence of her innocence, continues to suspect, and accuse the main character. Such foolishness snowballed until I could no longer continue.
really enjoyed the first 75% of this book but it totally fell apart for me at the tried to stuff too many cats into the bag and it didn't wirk
Surface Tension was an interesting story that started right off with suspense. Lots of information about boats, ships, and the business of the waterways, of which I knew very little, so I did learn something. Seychelle Simpson, the main character, is an adept salvager and knows her way around the Ft. Lauderdale area with her eyes closed. She is an independent, no-nonsense type of woman who took over her father's salvage business after his death, while maintaining her two brothers as absent one-t ...more
Carmie Callobre
I am kinda familiar with that area of South Florida (part of my childhood vacations) - especially Pompano Beach and the A1A area, and the author was able to bring that area to life as well as make me think about my time spent in Pompano. The sailing background was very good. What I didn't like was how our heroine was beaten up, left to drown, beat up AGAIN, unrealistically single-handedly fights the bad guys - all in like 5 days. She should have been dead by day 2.
This page turner is a four star read except for a few plot turns that snapped my suspenders of disbelief a bit too hard.

Solid writing and a story that leaps into gear makes “Surface Tension’ hard to put down. Even better, most characters are well developed and the storie's primary conflict is complex and truly horrifying, generating great sympathy for characters and high stakes that feel real.

“Surface Tension’ delivered a tense, emotional rollercoaster story that I won’t soon forget. I'm lookin
Kinsey Millhone + Travis McGee = Seychelle Sullivan.

A well-written book, and an author to watch. I didn't care for some of the unintelligent actions of the characters, but overall it was a good murder/mystery that mostly kept my interest.

The female protagonist Seychelle Sullivan (who goes by "Sey") reminds me of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, with touches of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee. Sey could be the love child of those 2 fictional detectives... although in this first book of the series,
Excellent. I had read Bitter End, #3 in the series and enjoyed it. I like mysteries and being a Navy vet, like books with a sea flair. Christine Kling has a talent for incorporating both. I've got the 2nd in the series standing by.
Dianne Parkhurst
good plot and story line. good writing. writer is very knowledgeable of all types of boats. and boating. I liked the book and am now reading her next Seychelles Sullivan novel.I very much enjoyed this book.
Carmen Raggio
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#1 in the Seychelle Sullivan series. The debut novel in a series about a tugboat captain, who with her two brothers own the boat. The brief series lasted for four entries over 5 years.

Seychelle Sullivan uses her tug to keep a yacht from foundering on the beach. She finds a dead woman aboard and no sign of the captain, her ex-boyfriend. The yacht's owner is a mystery, the lawyer is lowballing the salvage fee, her brother wants to sell the tug so he can get his third, a runaway she had befriended
really exciting

I really enjoyed this book. Seychelles Sullivan is a struggling salvage boat captain. She hears about a yacht captained by her former boyfriend is adrift, and is off to save it for a salvage fee. Going after the boat puts her in line to be accused of multiple murders, being hunted by some very bad guys, not to mention problems with one of her brothers. I had no idea where this story would go as there seems to be several story lines that intersect. This was a great mystery and I hi
Despite its name, “Surface Tension” contains very little actual tension. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that I included it in my #MandarayReads hashtag on Twitter, I probably would’ve dumped this book half way through. And, to be honest…I wouldn’t have missed much.

Not only does “Surface Tension” hand you the plot (and all of the bad guys behind it) on a silver platter, but there are so many people doing so many stupid, irrational things that it’s hard to care if any of them end up dead. Wors
C.E. Grundler
A smart, tough, believable female protagonist, a tugboat captain running a salvage business in Fort Lauderdale, that sounds like my kind character. The story wasted no time diving right into the action and I was immediately hooked. Seychelle comes to life on the pages as both capable and likable, intelligent and take-charge, and Kling does a superb job of presenting scenes in vivid detail, both visually and emotionally, without slowing the story for one second. Without question, Kling knows her ...more
This exciting story starts with a Mayday call, and the action never lets up. Seychelle Sullivan owns and operates a salvage boat she inherited from her father. She lives in a bungalow on Fort Lauderdale's New River, and works on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway. When Seychelle hears a Mayday over the radio, she races to beat her competitors to rescue the multimillion-dollar yacht Top Ten, captained by her ex-lover Neal. Seychelle finds a dead body on the boat, no sign of Neal. Florida police pref ...more
A mystery/suspense novel starring a woman tug boat driver. She rescues a large yacht and all hell breaks loose.

There is a dead woman aboard the yacht, the captain of the yacht is missing and all of a sudden some hard types are after the tug driver.

Drugs, porn, snuff films, and a whole lot of other bad things are going on.

Interesting characters, strong women. First in a series.
Another excellent mystery by Christine Kling. This is the second novel in the series that I have read. Set in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the novel tells the story of a female boat captain who is constantly finding herself in danger because she investigates murders. This action-packed novel has the captain beat up and facing death. I highly recommend this book to people who love strong female characters.
Olivia Roberts
Liked. Female tug boat captain Seychelles Sullivan completes in a male dominated business of salvage and rescue. An emergency call she responded to in the South Florida leads her into a world of drugs, porn, encounter with her ex boyfriend, Neal, family demons and she becomes a suspect for murder as well as being hunted by some powerful bad guys. Twists and action.
SURFACE TENSION did not measure up to the Christine Kling books that I had read before. It is a very tedious read. To put things in perspective with the mechanical stars of the book, it is more like the 40 foot tug, Gorda, than the 70 foot yacht, Top Ten. There are several situations that stretch the imagination to the breaking point. Any descriptions would create spoilers.
Quinn Quade
A happy find

What a pleasure to find a boating book by Chris Kling. As a California sailor, I really enjoyed reading about the boating life in south Florida. Christine and I were boaters together before we each became writers. I can attest to her extensive nautical knowledge. An enjoyable read. Quinn Quade
I got this book for free from Pixel of Ink or Kindle Nation, can't remember. I don't usually read suspense stories but this one caught my attention solely because it was based in Florida not too far from where I'm from.
From the very beginning, the novel grabbed my attention and kept it all the way to the end. Kling's writing flows like the sea where the mystery begins.
However, I agree with one reviewer about how often the main Character, Seychelle, gets hurt and I found myself feeling that some
Tension is the right word!

I love mysteries and this one was moving so fast the tension never got a chance to ease. The characters are well developed andcarry just the right amount of issues. I can't wait to read the next Seychelle Sullivan mystery.
Val Wilkerson
I enjoyed this book, however the last book I read of Christine Kling's kept me more entertained.
I love the fact that her stories take place in and around harbors and boats, her main character in both books I have read has been a woman who is captain of in this case a salvage boat. While saving
a yacht from running aground she discovered the only person onboard has been murdered.
bonnie kirchner
Surface Tension

This was the first of a series. I enjoyed this book very much. It was a good suspense thriller.I would recommend this book . I have not read any of the other books in this series so I don't know how good they are.
Suzanne Williams
As a native Floridian, the descriptions of Florida were fantastic. I could see it all in my mind's eye. The plot was a real "page turner." I simply could not put the book down until the end. Add to that, the hint of romance and this was a real pleasurable read. Story does have some language and violence in it. However, the main character, Seychelle and her boyfriend, B.J. are well-developed. I felt like they were my friends. The evil characters at the same time had me wishing the worst for them. ...more
Seychelle is an unusual amateur sleuth as the captain of a salvage boat. I'm not really interested in boats and fishing and ocean settings, but anyone who enjoys that sort of thing will probably really like this book.
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
A pleasure to read

When you try varied reading you get some mysteries, some informative, some humorous some real page turners and some duds. This one is enjoyable.
Becky Speraw
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and caught my interest at the start. I like the character Seychelle and I'm looking forward to reading more about her.
Rebecca Dougherty
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I'd previously read another book in this series and loved it, and normally I would not go backwards in a series, but I'm glad I did. Good book with lots of action and mystery.
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I have spent over thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the Caribbean and the Pacific. I've been a boat wife, mother and now I am captain of my own boat. I've had articles and stories published in many publications including Cruising World, Sailing!, and The Tiller and the Pen, Gulfstream Magazine and Miami Noir. My first four novels are in a series about Florida female tugboat capt ...more
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