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Tainted Waters

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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 h
ebook, First (digital), 300 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Quadessence Solutions
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Tom Bierdz
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts slowly and I found some of the early transitions confusing. But this is a good read once the story starts going. This is a good writer who creates suspense with many twists and turns.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

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
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Review done by Laura

I enjoyed Tainted Waters thoroughly from the moment I started to read it. I especially loved the two characters, Sam & Keegan and their journey to seek the truth.

Sam and Keegan’s paths cross when they are both inadvertently looking for the same thing; the truth.

Sam is trying to dig up the truth regarding her father’s apparent suicide and Keegan doesn’t believe that his Grandfather died of natural causes. Together they start to unravel the secrets su
William O'Brien
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tainted Waters - Maggie Thom

A wonderful read and well told story that digs into hidden truths of the past. The tale twists and turns along the way and keeps you thinking throughout. The main characters Sam & Keegan are well defined and pull the reader into the adventure of excitement and romance.

Tainted Waters is a journey of suspicion, discovery and truth that keeps you on edge throughout the story. Overall the novel creates mystery, suspense and Sam & Keegan are very well though out and defin
InD'tale Magazine

Recommended for readers who enjoy romantic thrillers set in a small town.

Read full review in the 2013 May issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Kenneth Lingenfelter
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sam gets fired from her job at the newspaper. Was it for something she wrote? The novel starts slowly and then picks up at jet speed. Sam goes to the lake where her mother still has a cabin to try to figure out her life. She meets Keegan and starts a relationship with him. Sam sees an airplane's lights and then it disappears. Someone has been trying to buy all the properties at the lake. A number have died that have property at the lake. Kidnapping, drug running, and organ selling are part of th ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 t
Kathryn Svendsen
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Sam loses her latest job as a reporter at the Tennison Post after only 3 months, and for what? Simply writing a story that told the truth. Okay, she wasn't assigned to write it, but it was a good story. What could be wrong with that? The story didn't even get printed, so what was the big deal? Discouraged at the loss of her job, Sam goes to spend some time at their family's cabin at the lake to get her head together where she discovers that something strange is going on.

The original owners of th
Laura Thomas
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ge
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer:I was given this book as part of a blog tour and in exchange for an honest review.

In Tainted Waters we meet Samantha “Sam” Overton. Sam’s family own one of 4 cabins on the Lake. The other cabins are owned by Sam’s best friend Cathy’s family; the MacNeill’s, Keegan’s grandfather; Mr Tennison and the 4th cabin by someone else. When Sam was younger her family used to vacation there until 20years ago when Sam’s father committed suicide there.
Keegan is staying at his grandfather’s cabin in
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Maggie Thom is a new author to me and so when I opened Tainted Waters I had no idea I was in for the ride of my life. Tainted Waters is full of corruption, drugs, lies and murder - the book will truly keep you on the edge of your seat unable to pry yourself from it. As the characters, Sam and Keegan, investigate the near abduction of Sam followed by a stream of threats against both their lives I found myself emotionally right in there with them. As I reader I felt very much a part of the story, ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Books Mom
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a new author to me, and I wasn't certain about the story. It sounded like a routine suspense/intrique story with a little romance thrown in.

I want you to know that I was only partly right. It was a suspense/intrigue story, with some romance. However, it was not a routine story. There was suspense almost from the very beginning of the book. It was so exciting, and a lot suspenseful and there was just enough romance to make me happy.

The plot moved quickly, and I kept on reading without re
My Book Addiction and More MBA
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
Samantha "Sam" Overton has a gift, a talent of being fired or quitting a job. It isn't something that she is particularly proud of but her latest gig as a journalist, got her fired. It wasn't that she wasn't good at it, she was but she ventured into a story that no one wants to tell and she had been told to stay away from.

Now without a job, Sam finds herself staying at her families cabin. An area that has its own history including her father's suicide, but as strange things begin to happen Sam i
Dawn Husted
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading Tainted Waters, I immediately enjoyed the character of Sam (her wild nature) and was intrigued with how the following chapters read, written from point-of-views of different characters. This is a book where I needed to pay attention and the action scenes kept me on my toes waiting with anticipation wondering what was about to happen next. The book geared around a girl that can't seem to find her niche in life, and at the same time she is haunted by the questionable s ...more
Janice Spina
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An exciting read, this story has all the qualities of a first rate thriller, love story, loaded with suspense and enough twists and turns to keep the reader totally engrossed. I thoroughly enjoyed this author's style and how she brought everything together.

Sam, the main character doesn't believe that her father committed suicide when she was a child. She goes back to her roots to try to disprove this and solve the mystery behind his death. Will she find out who was responsible for his death if t
Tammy Hall
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like a setting on the edge of your seat nail biting mystery thriller here is one waiting for you! Tainted Waters was all of that and more. I found myself wanting a chance to jab the bad guys in the face a few times myself. As Sam and Keegan set out to figure out what is happening to the people who suddenly seem to be dying off it seems as though they were playing with the devil himself and he held all the cards. I couldn't put this book down I had to find the answers as much as Sam and K ...more
Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tainted Waters is a fast paced, suspenseful thriller right up to the very end. There are twists and turns everywhere and just when you think you know, you realize you have no idea. The balance between suspense and romance is beautifully done and neither is overpowering of the other. The chemistry between the two main characters is realistic, and the reader watches both of them grow throughout the book. The relationship between Sam and her niece, DD, is amazingly sweet and DD grew to quickly beco ...more
Melissa Ammons
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

Samantha (Sam) has tried many different jobs, her latest being a reporter for the Tennison Post. Again, she is fired, yet none of her articles were published, especially the one involving a potential fraud case. While Sam is trying to figure out the whys (and really what she wants to do with her life), she meets Keegan, a published author. As it turns out, Keegan is working on trying to find answers of his own, also involving the Tennison Post.

Join Sam and Keegan as they join forces to
Nicola Parkinson
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book! It was fast paced and had me gripped from the start….. And talk about twists! Just when I thought I knew where this story was leading…… Bang!….. Plot twist!I loved Sam’s nosy, I won’t stand for any crap character….. Which usually landed her in trouble, and in some cases a LOT of trouble.Keegan……oh Keegan……. A guy that never gives up, even when he’s black a blue! Just as stubborn as Sam and even more loveable.If you like your Thrillers (like me) then this is a book for you, I h ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had intended to read Tainted Water's on a flight to China but cracked it open and didn't want to put it down. Start to finish, I really enjoyed it. Maggie Thom really knows how to weave a story! An enjoyable read as was "Captured Lies" and I'm looking forward to it's sequel! ...more
Helen Dougherty
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this book is incredible! Another masterpiece Maggie Thom. I was so caught up in the story that I read it all in one sitting, so be prepared to be rooted to your seat.
Karen Borge
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story starts off in the middle of the action. Alice is thrust into a dangerous situation she doesn't understand, and the reader is invited to join her. The reader accompanies Alice on a journey of self-discovery that has many twists and turns, and quite a few surprises. Alice's world bears some resemblance to our own, and yet things are off in many ways. The story was so skillfully woven, I had no difficulty accepting the fantastical elements which co-existed with the mundane references to ...more
Randi Robinson
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has great characters. Sam, who feels like a complete screw-up because she can’t hold a job including the newspaper job she liked but was just fired from, and Keegan, a writer whom Sam keeps running into, are strong protagonists who get into lots of trouble. There are so many bad guys I had a little trouble keeping them straight. They are all after Sam but she has no idea why. The lake is almost like a character itself, beautiful and secretive. Strange things are happening at the far en ...more
Denise Sparks
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Great Murder Mystery

I really give this 4.5 stars. The story of Sam and her ability to never stay in any job very long is what launches the mystery. Sam is fired from the newspaper she worked at and then is followed by an unknown person trying to kill her. She runs into her neighbor Keegan as she escapes. Sam goes to the family cabin at the lake and meets Keegan again. Sam and Keegan get wrapped up in the happenings at the lake. Sam's family and the history of the families who owned the cabins
Silver Surfer
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good thriller. A bit of a slow burner then gets going in earnest to an ending you don’t see coming. Again feisty females right up my street. Roll on to the next one. Highly recommended must read.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely full of suspense. When Sam is fired, she goes to the cabin. She starts investigating whether her Dad really committed suicide or not. Grips you from the beginning.
Denise Rago
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Exciting story.
Tom Johnson
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“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 te
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