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Dark Water (The Wild Water Series: 2) by [Ruth, Jan]
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Part Two of the Wild Water Series
The tragedy and comedy that is Jack's life; is there a future for him and Anna, or is the past too destructive?
Jack Redman, estate agent to the Cheshire set and skilled juggler of complex relationships. Someone to break all the rules, or an unlikely hero?
In this sequel to Wild Water Jack and Anna return to discover that history repeats itself. Anna's long-awaited success as a serious artist is poised to happen, but her joy, along with her relationship with Jack, is threatened by old scores.
Simon Banks is a depressed and unstable man with a plan. He wants to wipe out his past by buying a brighter future, but Jack Redman stands in his way.
Will Jack ever escape the legacy of lies and deceit left by his ex-wife? Can Jack and Anna hold it all together, or will tragic repercussions from Jack's past blow them apart forever?
Top 500 Amazon reviewer: 'There is never a lull in the narrative, the plot is allowed to evolve beautifully, and there some really lovely, light moments which offset the darker elements of the story. All too often sequels can become a bit of damp squib with less on offer than what has gone before, but rest assured that this is not the case with Dark Water.'
Dark Water is a complete read, the story continues in Silent Water.
The entire series is available as a complete download: The Wild Water Series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2475 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Celtic Connections (5 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LKHRHOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #532,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The second book in the Wild Water series is every bit as good as the first, and it was nice to recognise these very believable characters as old friends. Everything should be so perfect for Jack and Anna, and yet it's not!

The intertwined stories run along very cleverly, weaving each character in and out. Each twist seems at first outrageous, until we find out how easily it could happen to any one of us.

I did not anticipate the ending at all - a great segue into "Silent Water". Do I wait a while or get straight into it?
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, captivating read 24 March 2015
By Emma B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another fantastic book by Jan Ruth.
Her story lines take you on a roller coaster of emotion and her descriptions of her characters and location make you feel like you are right there with them.
Highly recommended!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary read based in Conway Wales 1 September 2014
By Roses are Amber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dark Water is a contemporary read and the sequel to Wild Water. It takes place approximately three years after the first book and continues with the complicated life of Jack Redman. Owner of Redman Estate agents. He has three children, an ex-wife, a new partner and a whole handful of problems.

Juggling far too many balls in the air at once and attempts to work only part-time are failing badly. Jack tries very hard to please everyone and his life spirals out of control.

This book definitely has a darker side to it than the first and I actually think I preferred the first book. I had more sympathy for Jack. In this book I just wanted to shake him and sit him down and have a good talk to him about the mess his life was in.

Still an enjoyable read.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye chick-lit, hello fiction for the older and wiser woman. 7 October 2014
By Angelica Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the saying goes. And for Jack Redman, the main protagonist in this book, that is certainly the case. As in the first book in this series, we are confronted by messy lives, terrible binds, bad decisions and their repercussions. Only this time Jan Ruth has certainly upped the ante and her characters have even more at stake. However, the pitfalls and perils are all mixed up with love––the sexual, parental, familial and platonic kinds.
Dark Water is the sequel to Wild Water. It takes up the story of Cheshire estate agent, Jack Redman, his ex-wife Patsy and Jack's new partner, Anna. What I especially like about these main characters is that they're over forty–– Jack is fifty––but they're in no way 'past-it'. And their age and experience in no way grants them wisdom. These are flawed, disillusioned people with lots of baggage, but for all of them there is hope.

But, right from the start of Dark Water, it's clear that things are not going to flow on smoothly to happy-ever-after for Jack or any of the people close to him. Jack is torn between wanting to be with Anna, and wanting to do right by his children. His decision, under pressure from his ex-wife, to move her and their younger daughter, Lottie, along with her toddler son, James, to be nearer to Lottie's new school in Wales and hence very near to Anna's home puts an intolerable strain on Jack and Anna's relationship. The question of James's parentage¬¬––he could be Jack's son after all––the reappearance of Chelsey's father, Simon Banks–– now a dangerously disturbed individual who also bears a grudge towards Anna and who wants to reveal his identity to an unsuspecting Chelsey at any cost––the proximity of Patsy to Anna, and the commute to and from his two offices in Cheshire and Wales all lead to Jack's life being increasingly complicated and stressful. And, in the end, complicated and stressful becomes dangerous and life-threatening.

The setting is almost another character in its own right, especially when the action takes place in Wales. It certainly adds to the atmosphere. But the description isn't overdone. There's just enough to let the reader form their own picture of the dramatic landscape but it doesn't get in the way. Having said that though, the novel is very visual and the characters and settings are vivid enough that it's not hard to visualise them as part of a television drama. Dark Water has a Sally Wainwright - Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey vibe to it (These are quality UK TV dramas). Jack's poky flat that he shares with his son, the farmhouse, Patsy's cottage, the quarry, the mountains and the art gallery where Anna exhibits her work––all were, in my head at least, easily translated into sets.

The tele-visual appeal is also reinforced by the narrative's questions and twists along the way which go from intriguing to scary. The author is skilled in pacing their resolutions and reveals, and in peppering the narrative with just enough relatively minor details of the character's daily lives to make the whole seem credible and true to life. And the climax and its denouement are utterly gripping. There's also a feeling there's more to come ––something the epilogue sets up nicely. All very fitting for dramatisation.
The themes of love, disappointment, loss and hope run through this book. The author lets us see them developing through the eyes of both Jack and Anna. She lets us inside their heads and lets us feel their emotions. In this way they become real, flawed and familiar to the reader.

Jan Ruth makes the reader care about her characters' fates. She portrays all the characters––heroes and villains––as credible individuals, so we can even feel sorry for and understand the less likeable ones. And how utterly refreshing to have some older lead characters. Hurrah for this fine example of those of us who've matured beyond the 'chick' stage and are now older, wiser birds.
This is excellent contemporary fiction. If I had to shelve it in my virtual book shop, I'd put it in the contemporary women's fiction section. It's not chick-lit; it's not Mills and Boon romance. It's thinking, mature woman-lit and, like its intended readership, it's got depth, grit, realism and warmth.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nail-Biting Sequel 14 March 2017
By A Critical Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dark Water is both a tense and fulfilling sequel to the original Wild Water book. At first I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the first one, but as usual, as it went on, it became more and more gripping. There were times when I wasn’t happy with Anna or Jack, and an added villain in this one heightened the tension even more. In the end, I loved it and am eager to read the final book in the series, Silent Water, as well as the rest of Jan Ruth’s work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent continuation... 18 July 2014
By jaffareadstoo - Published on Amazon.com
Jack Redman, estate agent to the smart Cheshire set, should be living the life of his dreams in North Wales with his partner Anna. But his commute from the leafy suburbs of Wilmslow, to the rural bliss of Gwern farm on the outskirts of Conwy, is fraught with anxiety. Caught between a rock and hard place, Jack struggles to organize a life which is made all the more complicated by his increasingly demanding ex-wife Patsy, his precocious daughter Lottie, and the uncertain paternity of two of his children. Whilst he struggles to keep the peace with Anna, the phrase, oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive, springs to mind as Jack Redman tries to juggle his increasingly difficult personal life.

All too often sequels can become a bit of damp squib with less on offer than what has gone before, but rest assured that this is not the case with Dark Water. This follow-on story picks up on the threads which were left hanging at the end of Wild Water. With her usual panache and fine attention to detail Jan Ruth brings together all the pieces of a story which very quickly become a roller coaster of emotional turmoil and smouldering resentments. There is never a lull in the narrative, the plot is allowed to evolve beautifully, and there some really lovely, light moments which offset the darker elements of the story. The banter between Jack and his small daughter, Lottie, is quite irresistible and I found myself laughing out loud at some of their dialogue, and likewise the touching moments between Anna and her dog Benson, brought tears to my eyes and echoed the memories of what it feels like to lose something precious. With the tension is racked up to an almost impossible level, Jack, Anna and Patsy get caught up in a dark and deadly story of long buried secrets, which threatens not just their relationship with each other, but which also has a profound effect on their family and friends.

As with any part-two story, it is almost essential to have read the first book, and whilst it’s not impossible to pick up the story, you will miss the finer points and that would be to do both the story and the author a disservice as the books should be read sequentially. I am heartened that the ending of Dark Water could almost lend itself to another visit to this beautiful part of Wales and I’m sure that Jack Redman and company have a lot more life in them for future stories. I really hope so....

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