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‘Dangerous Waters’ by Anne Allen

‘Dangerous Waters’ is Anne Allen’s first novel.  I was asked by Anne if I would review her book and as it appealed to me I was more than happy to.  This is a story of mystery, loss and love.

Fifteen years ago, Jeanne Le Page was involved in an awful boating accident in which she lost both her mother and father.  Unable to cope and suffering from traumatic amnesia she fled from the island of Guernsey.  Now after learning of her grandmother’s death, Jeanne has to return there to sort out her affairs including the cottage which she has inherited.  Deeply unhappy after the recent end of a long-term relationship, Jeanne has no desire to pick up her life on the island and does not really know what she is going to do.

Having suffered from nightmares for years following the accident, Jeanne finds that her return to Guernsey triggers flashbacks which become extremely frightening.  Over the coming months Jeanne makes a very disturbing discovery.

I found ‘Dangerous Waters’ to be an enjoyable read.  The two genres romance and mystery worked well together.  I really liked Jeanne as a character and enjoyed getting to know her.  You get a good feel for her including what types of books she likes to read and what music she listens to.  I also found it admirable how she got on with things despite what she had been through, thus achieving a lot.  I loved the descriptions of the cottage and the garden too.

You also get to learn quite a bit about Guernsey, both in the present and the past during WWII when it was occupied.  Food certainly played a very big part in this story too.  There is a handy map of Guernsey at the front of the book, a glossary at the back and even some recipes.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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