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Muddy Waters

(Otherwhere #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Twenty years ago, the boundary between worlds dropped. It will be a while before the political, social, and religious upheaval settles down but the good news is: now you can book a vacation to Valhalla as easily as you can go to Las Vegas. Your real estate agent might be a Wood Sprite. Your mechanic might be a Minotaur. For better or for worse, Supernormals are part of Ear ...more
Published April 4th 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Rick Gualtieri
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a tough one for me. The author has created a world rife with the potential for an untold number of fascinating stories. Unfortunately, the lead in to this series is, much like the title would suggest, a bit "muddy".

The world of Muddy Waters is one that is only slightly removed from our own. It's a world that used to be solely the realm of mankind, with paranormal activity relegated to the shadows. That all c
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MUDDY WATERS is set in a world where the boundaries between world have been taken down or thinned and an influx of supernaturals have come creating new rules, prejudices, and realities that humans and "Others" have to live with. A lot is going on in this story as it seems this new reality is pretty new as people are still working out the kinks of how to live with people who have magic powers and which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction over what an
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :)

what an interesting story :) I would give this debut novel a solid 4,5 stars, but Tessa was such a great main character that I just had to bump it to full 5 stars :) loved the details and the little teasers about a bigger story and I'm definitely looking forward to future books in this series :) full review to come on the day of the release :)

edited to add my full review :)

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
tl;dr at the end

To put it bluntly: Muddy Waters is this fantasy-drenched murder mystery that's heavy on murder but light on the mystery.
A lot of people have said that the novel takes a unique world and fills it with forgettable one-dimensional characters, which I highly disagree with. Sure, the characters are flat and their motivations are about as deep as a puddle. But where is that "unique world" that got so much praise?
The book is set in a universe where a rift between the magic world of Othe
Jeannie Zelos
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Muddy Waters (Otherwhere 1), Book ONE of the Otherwhere, Sara O. Thompson

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Genre:  General Fiction (adult), Sci-fi and Fantasy

I was really intrigued by the description, i do like these "crossover world " reads, where our world and the supernatural exist together but in a kind of parallel spacing. And Magic, I love that!
Its kind of a muddled read though :-( some things I liked, but sadly a lot that was just plain confusing and had me backtracking trying to work
Anne Szlachcic
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was very promising ............ unfortunately the story follows the title 'Muddy Waters'.
The world the story is set in is very different from the one twenty years earlier - a 'rift 'occurred which allowed creatures from the Otherworld to cross over into the realm of mankind and visa versa.

The story starts with our heroine , Tessa Reddick , being released from a high security mental institution by the FBI .
She had been sent there for the murder of her family and coven fi
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Sara O Thompson’s novel Muddy Waters, the first in the new Otherwhere series, gives us a world that has changed. Boundaries dropped and now the humans and the Others, which is basically everything else, have to find a new way of dealing with this knowledge. The nicest thing of this novel is that these things haven’t settled completely yet. Since the change is so recent, people are still trying to figure out how to do things in this new
Kriselda Gray
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

I was really impressed with this book. When I started reading it, initially I was struck by several similarities between this book and the "Black Dog/Gemini/Lorimar Pack" books by Haley Edwards in that - like them - it too deals with a rip between our world and another where creatures of fantasy exist, and stars a half-human/half-other law enforcement officer dealing with cases that affect both real
Robb Hoff
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Otherwhere is otherweirdly mesemerizing!

When the going gets weird, Tessa Reddick gets going…that is, once she is conscripted into the Supernormal Investigations unit of the FBI upon release from her wrongful psychiatric confinement for killing her entire family of witches.
From the outset of Muddy Waters (Otherwhere), author Sara O. Thompson conjures supernatural thrills that range from grisly and trippy to deranged and dazzling. Her witchy heroine hurtles herself through a first-person narration
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Kenneth Morris
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witches, Elves, Vampires and Werewolves combine in a story woven around Earth and a mystical space called "Otherwhere". The author has done a fine job of worldbuilding with places, events, myth, history, and more. The tale is standard, yet different. Girl in wrong place wrong time gets blamed for destruction. Flash forward and she still is trying to find out exactly what happened. Throw in the always present antagonist; coworker; mean boss; and others, and you have a great story stemming from a ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
The potential was there, but it just didn't quite make it.
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Katherine Paschal
The world is a little differnt since the Rift, an event where the human realm and the otherworld realms joined, and magic runs freely, but so do the things that go bump in the night...
Tessa has spent the last five years locked away in a mental asylum for the murder of her family, a crime she claims she never committed. When a man comes to visit her and offers her a chance to go back to her regular life but with the stipulation she has to use her magical gifts to work with the supernatural branch
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved Tessa as a main character, interesting, fun and completely relatable. Plot was really interesting, subplots cropping up and loved the final twist because I was not expecting that at all after what had happened. The world-building was something I really enjoyed, although it could turn into an info-dump at times (Tessa and Qyll at the very start of the novel where Tessa explains about the rift to Qyll was a pretty obvious example). Qyll was also a fairly bland character, who was delayed to c ...more
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Sara O. Thompson’s first attempt at a book was prepared on a Remington typewriter and bore a suspicious resemblance to a famous novel whose title rhymes with ‘Gourd of the Spies.’

In her spare time, she performs improv comedy, tells stories on stage, and loves ballroom dancing. Sara lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family.