Reviewed by Vennessa Ng
Water's Edge by Robert Whitlow
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"...a multi-layered read that keeps you guessing with each twist and turn."
Tom Crane is on the brink of gaining it all—partnership at his law firm and landing a prestigious client. Only one cloud darkens his horizon, the mysterious death of his father.
Within 24 hours Tom’s world collapses around him. With the firm’s decision to consolidate, Tom finds himself packing up his office instead of moving up a level. To make matters worse, his girlfriend breaks up with him—and takes his cat with her.
With nothing left to hold him in Atlanta, Tom packs up Rover, his constantly dribbling dog, and heads for Bethel, Georgia to settle his father’s affairs and close up his law practice. Tom’s dream of a quick visit to the small rural town before returning to Atlanta to land another dream job doesn’t go as he envisions. When two million dollars of unclaimed money turns up in a secret bank account connected to his father’s practice, Tom sets out to find the owner.
Tom’s quest for answers only uncovers more unsavory questions. As his father’s reputation is put unto scrutiny, evidence emerges that his death may not have been accidental. To make matters worse, Rose, the daughter of his father’s client who was found dead in the fishing pond along with his father, is on her own search for the truth, no matter how much it incriminates Tom’s father.
As Tom untangles the web surrounding his father’s death, he also struggles to keep his attraction for Rose under guard and deal with his own spiritual awakening.
Being a legal thriller fan of way back, I am always looking out for authors who can deliver a strong page-turner. Robert Whitlow delivers. Water’s Edge is a multi-layered read that keeps you guessing with each twist and turn. Although my suspicions early on were proven correct by the end of the book, there were moments where Whitlow had me second guessing myself.
I also loved Tom’s his spiritual journey and strong character arc. Although Tom is reluctant to engage in his Uncle Elias’s faith, he is soon drawn in when he starts reading his father’s old bible. This aspect of the story is both believable and, to me, compliments the main storyline.
Water’s Edge also features a cast of colorful supporting characters, from the ever praying Elias, to the determined Rose, the loyal Bernice, the enticing Tiffany, and the prominent Arthur. They all add a richness to the story that helps bring it alive.
If you love legal thrillers or mysteries, then I highly recommend you add this book to your reading pile.
Vennessa Ng lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children. As an avid reader with a passion for Christian worldview fiction, she works to help authors improve their craft through her freelance editing service, Aotearoa Editorial Services (www.aotearoaeditorial.com), and helps publicize books and authors via her review site, Illuminating Fiction (www.illuminatingfiction.com). She has also reviewed for Focus On Fiction, Infuze Magazine, Novel Reviews, 1340 Magazine, and now TitleTrakk. In her spare time she pursues her own passion for writing and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.