Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review: DARK WATER by Ariana D. Den Bleyker

Dark WaterFrom the back of the book:
When Henry’s wife is murdered he’s forced to disappear. Nobody would believe he didn’t kill her. His sister, the only witness, won’t testify. His brother-in-law, the detective, doesn’t trust him. His mistress, the investigating pathologist, won’t help him. They all have their own secrets to protect.

And after all, Henry killed so many others before.

There’s always a price. But if you pay death, then the dead won’t come back to haunt you. Dark Water is a pitch black tale of suicide, torture, murder and revenge as an artist returns to produce his greatest work out of those closest to him.

My Review:
DARK WATER is a novella that will appeal to those readers who like their crime fiction smothered in darkness and submerged in the deep blackness of the human maddened mind. The plot comprises murder, lust, suicidal thoughts, and a killer spirit that can't be tamed - if anything it consumes the characters in their entirety, making for one constant act of unbridled violence

Henry is a killer, one who's lust for macabre art leads him down a path of ultimate destruction that eventually costs him his life. Murders aside, there isn't a lot more to DARK WATER's central character, this despite being a person of interest in his wife's murder.

The style of DARK WATER can be confusing while at the same time artistic. I battled a constant love/hate relationship with this book; had there been a clear path to articulating the violence in a manner that didn't leave the outcome too ambiguous then DARK WATER would've been just that much better. As it was I struggled to form an understanding as to what happened after reading a confrontation that left someone presumably dead only for them to appear later in the book.

I did enjoy the twisted love triangle which is tailored made for noir enthusiasts - this is an element that could have been fleshed out more to provide added depth to the characters and plot. 

Overall, DARK WATER is a pretty decent book and one that I think will get better with subsequent reads. I'll def be going back for a re-read. 

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