The Devil and the Dark Water

The Devil and the Dark Water

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Samuel Pipps is the greatest detective of his day... but now he's a prisoner, accused of an unknown crime by one of the world's most powerful men. Along with his faithful sidekick, Arent Hayes, he's sailing back to Amsterdam from the East Indies, where he'll stand trial. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. Still shackled in his cell, Pipps sends Hayes to solve a mystery that connects every passenger on board. All hope is pinned on Hayes solving the mystery, but when he goes missing, Pipps is faced with the most dangerous puzzle of his career. All the while, voices whisper to him in the dark. But are those whispers clues? Warnings? Or the devil himself?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2020.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781443463300
Branch Call Number: FIC Turto
Characteristics: 463 p. ; 23 cm.

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becker
Nov 16, 2020

I love a good adventure story and this did the trick for me. It was perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be, but that is a minor complaint. It is a book of action and mystery with the occasional sprinkle of creepy.

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darladoodles
Oct 03, 2020

I put this book down and stepped onto solid ground once again. Reading this new release from Stuart Turton is like racing through the high seas on a merchant vessel. It is 1634 and a fleet of seven ships set sail from Batavia bound for Amsterdam. Before they even leave the harbor there are warnings to abandon the voyage and tragedy occurs shaking the passengers to the core. That first night at sea there is an eighth lantern. . . A mark haunts them and appears on the mainsail, in a scar, written in blood; it is all around. Containing elements of Agatha Christie, Sherlock & Watson, and Pirates of the Caribbean; this intricately plotted novel will have a wide appeal. Set aside some time to read this high seas adventure with your favorite fall beverage. You may want to leave the lights on, though. Includes a book group discussion questions and an interview with the author.

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aliciamarie
Sep 24, 2020

Were to even start... I read and liked Stuart Turton's previous novel "The 7 1/2 Death of Evelyn Hardcastle" and was excited to read his latest. Like his first book, this one is historical fiction and has deep twists and turns. It leaves a haunting, almost paranormal feeling as you navigate the chapters. So atmospheric and I really sunk deep into the characters and settings at the start of the book.

Then, it all seemed to change. Characters I grew to like and thought I understood made decisions that seemed out of character. It's hard to go into detail without giving too much of this plot away. It just left me confused and weirdly angry that so much reading was character growth only for everything I read to be thrown out the window.

I have massive respect for Turton because he must have done massive amounts of research to understand and write about the inner workings of a ship in the 1600s. He did a wonderful job setting scenes and explaining character roles. What he failed to do in this book, that I feel he mastered in the previous novel, was making sure the characters' dialog felt authentic to the historical setting. This was just downright odd and uncomfortable to read at times.

All in all, this was a 2.5 star read for me. I was surprised to really like the setting ( a ship in the 1600s) and there were characters I really enjoyed reading about. For as long as this book is, I am surprised I finished it so fast, though I'm not sure if I read out of loving it or just wishing it would end.

Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me the eARC to read and give my honest review.

If you are a fan of the author or love historical fiction add this to your TBR list and pre-order now! This is set to be released here in the U.S. on October 6, 2020.

Happy Reading!

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