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on May 23, 2013 :
Written from two women's point of view, this intriguing book is set against the unusual backdrop of the navigable lakes and rivers of Florida, USA.
At the heart of the storyline is the inexplicable theft of the hard drive from researcher Teena Shostekovich’s home computer, and with it the only version of the novel she had spent six months writing to take her mind off a fraught and highly contested work situation.
As the story unfolds, the consequences of this puzzling theft lead to unsettling email communiqués from the thief, interspersed with Teena’s growing friendship with the detective intent on getting to the bottom of the heisted hard drive.
I enjoyed this book on so many counts, not the least for its original subject matter, skilful writing, sure-footed characterisation and compelling relationships. Equally satisfying was the unexpected interweaving of two strands of the plotline, namely the twists and turns in would-be author Teena’s personal and working life and those of her fictional heroine, feisty cowgirl Jessie Weston, disparate storylines that eventually meld into one.
The further I delved into this book, the more apt the concept of navigable and unnavigable waters became for the trials and tribulations of Teena and her fictional heroine as they take their chances with life and love, putting me in mind of the old adage, ‘Still waters run deep’.
How refreshing it was to come across a book that unsentimentally explores the unsung roles of public servants ‘fighting the good fight’ against the odds. In this case, it is Teena and her colleagues who are tasked with preventing the covert conversion of Florida’s navigable waters into private land for sizeable personal profits.
The subject matter of this book rings sufficiently true that it came as no surprise to discover that the author is an authority on Florida’s navigable water bodies and a dressage rider and trainer to boot.
Quite simply, I didn’t want this book to end, and right up to the last page, couldn’t guess at the final outcome.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)