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I don't know anything about boats, but that didn't stop me enjoying this book. There was not so much nautical info. to be boring for me. The story moved along at a good pace without any padding and there was plenty of action.
Seychelle is a 30 year old tug boat owner, struggling to make a living and pay her 2 brothers their share of the boat, Gorda, left to the 3 of them when her father died. When she answers a Mayday call to an expensive yacht skippered by her ex-lover, Neil, she finds Neil missing and Neil's new girlfriend stabbed to death.
Det. Collazo is determined that Seychelle is guilty of murdering Neil and the girl, though Seychelle believes Neil might still be alive and in hiding. Seychelle wants to stay out of the hands of the Police while trying to gain salvage money from the elusive owners of the yacht and attempting to unearth the truth about the girl's death and Neil's disappearance.
Her probing upsets a lot of people, who want her stopped - or dead. She gets into a lot of bad scrapes and is unsure who to trust. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it and read more by this author.
If you love fast-paced action thrillers in an exciting, exotic setting, then you'll really love Surface Tension. What I loved most about Seychelle Sullivan is that she is every bit as tough and tenacious as her male counterpart would be. I also loved the fact that she is as equally drawn to a pretty, or in this case, handsome face as a man would be and, on occasion, equally fooled. A highly skilled salvage captain, working hard literally to keep her business afloat, she suddenly finds herself the prime suspect in a murder case. Along the way to getting herself out of trouble and solving the mystery, she has to face the fact that as a woman in a man's world, her fellow boatmen are not that eager to spring to her defence. Nevertheless, despite some of the awful things the male characters do, this book is in no way anti-men. It's much more about innocent victims, prejudice of all kinds and the fact that some people, male or female, are just plain evil whilst others are thoroughly good, and others can be all the shades in between. The Floridian setting is vividly drawn and Seychelle's love of nature and the natural world she inhabits through her life and work just shine through. Loved it from start to the very satisfying finish.
I got this book as a Kindle freebie, and I'm so glad I took a chance on an author I'd never read before. It's one of those well-written, action-packed, thrilling books that you can't put down. It kept me up far past my bed time three nights running, until I literally couldn't keep my eyes open. I'm unfamiliar with the Florida coastal marine environment setting, but I could visualise events very clearly from the vivid descriptions of both characters and locations. I'm going now to pay Real Money for the next one in the series, and believe me, that doesn't happen unless I am truly impressed. Try it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this book and I am glad I came across it by chance. Tough girl, strong moral compass, finding her own way and trying to do the right thing, Sey is a likeable character and this action packed book is a great relaxing read. I am looking forward to more the this author.