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Deadly Waters A Detective Jane Phillips Novel

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Published March 15th 2020 by Inkubator Books
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Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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DEADLY WATERS (Detective Jane Phillips Book 2) by OMJ Ryan is an edge-of-your-seat addition to this British Police procedural thriller series. This can be read as a standalone focusing on the serial murder plot itself, but the characters continue to become more fully fleshed with each book in the series and I recommend they be read in order. (FYI: To read about Jane in order, the numbering of these books is somewhat confusing. Jane
Rosemary Standeven
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book started steadily not the same break-neck pace of the previous book I had read by this author. I initially classified it as a comfortably paced, standard police procedural. That is not to say, that I wasnt taken by it I was. It was just that initially I could put the book down, read something else, come back to it and seamlessly continue the story.
From early on, you know who the perpetrator is (Fletch), and why they are murdering prostitutes. The police have few clues, and the main
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Waters was another home run for OMJ Ryan and the Detective Jane Phillips series. I had serious cover love the first time I laid eyes on its opening. It was ominous, it was secretive, and it forewarned of the threatening shadows that lurked beneath the surface. Its the kind of story that will become etched into your mind and you cant put the book down until that last page has been devoured. OMJ Ryan is a master storyteller that envelops you in atmospheric brilliance and a complexity that ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: March 1st 2020

"Often, when we're stuck, it's because the eyes and ears will only see and hear what we want them to, whereas the nose - the nose can never hide what it smells."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Inkubator Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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T Olsen
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is very well written, and the plot and characters are excellent. One problem is the changing POV with the use of first person for the criminal, which I don't see the point of doing. Luckily, the police are less stupid than in the last book.
Leila Benhamida
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Very well written and I was absorbed by the story from the start. The story developed nicely, I did figure out who was the killer before the end of the book. Nevertheless it was a brilliant read. I love DCI Philips and her team. Will definitely pick up the previous book.
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
There are few books that have me hooked right from the beginning, but Deadly Waters is absolutely an exception! Wow, what an incredible read this is. An edge of your seat police procedural, that actually caught me off guard with how quickly I was taken in by the story and its characters. I could not tear myself away from it, which resulted in my reading it in one sitting. Between us, I even cancelled plans to meet up with friends for lunch so I could keep reading it! Yes, it is that good and is ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Inkubator Books for an advance copy of Deadly Waters, the second novel to feature DCI Jane Phillips of the Greater Manchester Police.

When an overzealous rookie PC flags up a drowning to the Major Crime Team Jane is unsure that it is just a drowning because of a perfectly round bruise on the victims neck. It turns out that Chantelle was not the first victim nor will she be the last.

I enjoyed Deadly Waters which is a compulsive read with some interesting twists
LeTresa Payne
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will rate Deadly Waters by OMJ Ryan a 5/5 stars. This is the third book in the DCI Phillips series and I am once again pleased with this author's storytelling. Deadly Waters opens up with the death of a young, beautiful black girl. She was pulled from the waters of a canal by uniformed coppers and the first unusual thing that catches DCI Phillips eye is a perfect, circular bruise on the back of the girl's neck. This bruise leads DCI Phillips to believe that there is something more sinister at ...more
Donna Maguire

I really enjoyed this book and it has me hooked right from the outset!

The book is very well written and I thought that the pace was spot on, it was steady and I liked how the author build up the story as it approached the end too.

The characters were really well developed and they worked well with each other and the plot too to carry it through to the end so well. I did guess who the killer was before the end so that was a little disappointing but the book
Rachael Stray
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although this is the third instalment of the DCI Phillips series Deadly Waters can be read as a stand-alone which was the case for me.

A body of a scantily clad woman is fished out of the Manchester canal system at first it appears as though her death was a tragic drowning but DCI Phillips suspects foul play.

Why wasn't she wearing a coat in December?

And what about the perfectly round bruise on her neck?

She decides to dig a little deeper and more drowned women with the same bruise are
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well written and gripping story that kept me on the edge till the end.
I liked the solid mystery, the plot that flows and the interesting and well thought characters.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Hannelore Cheney
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Inkubator Books for the eARC.
Detective Jane Phillips' life is back on a fairly even keep again, her PTSD is now manageable and she has a good relationship with her core team.
When the scantily clad body of a young woman is found drowned, it's deemed an accident. Jane, however, is suspicious. It's freezing, so why did the woman not have a coat on? Also, what is the perfectly round bruise on the back of her neck?
Her boss doesn't want her to do anything and just focus on
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the good fortune to be invited to take part in the blog tour for O. M. J. Ryan's previous book called 'Deadly Silence', which is the first book in the series featuring Detective Inspector Jane Phillips. I was blown away by how flipping fantastic the book was. I couldn't wait to get hold of a copy of the next book in the series called 'Deadly Waters'. Well ladies and gents, the wait is over because 'Deadly Waters' is due for release on 15th March 2020. I was fortunate enough to have a ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did not see that ending coming! This book had me from the beginning, I couldn't put it down! A very well written suspense/thriller you won't be able to stop reading. DCI Phillips gets called out to a drowning where she expects things were not so cut and dry. She then goes on to investigate to try to find something that will keep them on the case. One drowning turns into three and they know that they are on to something. I don't want to give more of the story away but there are twists and all ...more
Mar 17, 2020 added it
I received a free eARC of Deadly Waters but that has in no way influenced my review.

Drowning in an ice cold canal is not how many would choose to end their lives and DCI Jane Phillips has that gut feeling that there is more to this than it may seem. This is despite the view of her superior officer and others on the force wanting to dismiss the crimes, and DCI Phillips soon realises she has a race against time before the next victim is found or her supervisor stops the investigation.

This was my
Bespectacled Petal
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. Thanks NetGalley and Inkubator Books!

Deadly Waters is an extremely fitting title for this book. Someone is murdering the ladies of the night by drowning them with the help of cold water shock. DCI Phillips and her team are determined to find the killer.  However, from early, we learn that the killer has an advantage in this cat and mouse game, a police scanner which is explained away to the prostitutes as a way to ensure
Samantha Gonsalves
I love serial killer books and O.M.J. Ryan's Deadly series is a highly gripping & twisted series featuring Detective Jane Phillips. Adding this book to my list was a no-brainer. I first read about DI Jane Phillips in Deadly Secrets which followed her story as just a tease. Deadly Silence saw the focus shift entirely to Jane and her team, making it 100x more gripping & a difficult-to-put-down book for me. Deadly Waters too, was an exciting book to read. A seasoned reader will probably ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was easy to get straight into OMJ Ryan's latest novel from the DCI Jane Phillips series in this edge-of-your-seat police thriller. Ryan writes from a well researched background and although it'll keep you guessing right up to the end it's well written and still easy to follow and pick up again.
The story is based on the serial drowning of young women. A bleak life is revealed as these women all have young children but are forced into a life of prostitution to pay for their drug habits. I
Elizabeth Gray
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second Detective Jane Philips book by Ryan, and having not read the first novel, I was hesitant to dive headfirst (pun absolutely intended). Ryan does a wonderful job of filling in the necessary backstory of DCI Philips and her core team at the Major Crimes Unit. Philips has a full caseload and her supervisor breathing down her neck, but her gut says that these werent cut-and-dried drownings. She has to use all her contacts and her wits to get to the bottom of a set of killings by a ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DCI Jane Philips is called the canalside, it seems like an open and shut case, the poor woman fell in the water and drowned. But as more women are pulled from the same stretch of canal, are they all unfortunate accidents?

This was the first book I have read by OMJ Ryan but I will definitely be picking up book 1 in the DCI Jane Phillips series so I can read her cases from the beginning.

I loved the characters of DCI Phillips, her team and the interaction between them. Phillips description of her
Pratibha Pandey
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
or most of the crime thrillers, the lead investigative officer and the team dynamics are the deciding factors for me in liking a book/series. This is the third book in the Detective Jane Phillips series but it can be read as a stand-alone. As the blurb says, it revolves around multiple killings of young women with similar life history & profile - something that Jane Phillips refuses to consider a mere coincidence from the get-go.

Her feelings and efforts to find answers and justice for the
Kerry Bainbridge
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The third instalment from DCI Jane Philips doesn't disappoint!

As I started reading Deadly Waters the familiarity of the writing and the characters instantly made me relax into the story and I was ready to be entertained. I was not disappointed! OMJ Ryan seems more confident with the characters in this book and I was instantly drawn back into the world of Jane Philips, Bovalino and Jones. The story is again brutal and packs a harsh punch, juxtaposed with the warmth of the police characters and
Rowena Andrews
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A well-paced, highly enjoyable read. The climax was unexpected, and I was caught off guard by several of the twists and turns, which was fantastic and just what I want in a crime thriller. I might have liked to see a bit more of the aftermath, but for the most part, I found it a very satisfying ending in keeping with the pace of the rest of the book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting, well-paced crime read.
Dave Baird
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A gruesome tale from Manchester's seedy underbelly, Deadly Waters deals with sex crimes, neglect and the effects of drug use and abuse on children. It is an intriguing mystery that moves along at a fast pace and keeps you guessing right 'til the end.

Having not read any of the other novels in the DI Philips series she is certainly a character I would like to know more about, but I had to admire her tenacity and determination to do what's right for the victims she encounters.

I received a free copy
Cristie Underwood
Mar 16, 2020 marked it as kindle
This is the second book in the Jane Phillips series and even though I hadn't read the first one, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. The suspense was plentiful as Jane tried to figure out how victims of a serial killer were being chosen and in her attempts to track the killer down. The author wrote a great suspense novel that made me want to go back and read the first book in this series, along with their other books.
Martha Brindley
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 19-3-20
This is another well written book by OMJ Ryan. Set in Manchester, DCI Phillips is investigating a series of drownings in the canal. There is plenty tension and a tight plot with enough action to keep the reader engrossed. The ending was superb and I highly recommend this read. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Aida Alberto
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be aware this is book two of a series but wow what a great book. Well told crime thrillers are my weakness and I am loving these books so far. Strong plot with a character you will root and cheer for. Definitely check this out. Happy reading! #DeadlyWaters #NetGalley
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the series and having really enjoyed the first in the series I was looking forward to reading this. This was a really solid mystery which was well written and well paced. The characters were well rounded and well developed and the plot held my interest.
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Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute or those rare moments of downtime before ...more

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