Book Review: Dead in the Water

July 7, 2020 in Reviews - boundbythebook

Book Details

  • Author: Donna Collins
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Format(s): Paperback, 427 pages, (Kindle edition and Large print paperback available)
  • On Sale: February 18, 2020
  • Publisher: Willow Publishing

Donna Collins & Willow Publishing, 2020

Dead in the Water is Book One in the Jason Wade Forensic Crime Thriller Series.


“He closed his eyes and let the winter cool his face. What would she have made of the irrational mess he’d become? Would she have begged him to let her rest in peace – to go seek the help of the doctor – or would she have urged him to continue on this crazy crusade?”

Dead in the Water follows iron-willed crime scene investigator, Jason Wade on the hunt for the links between an earlier death of woman pulled from the river Thames and the near death of another woman in dragged from the same river eight months later on a frigid December evening, just before Christmas. Without the support of his fellow officers, Jason must use his wits and relationships to aid in finding the culprit of this most recent crime and the information this person may have on the first death. Could this be the work of a serial killer? Is someone trying to keep secrets buried in the depths of the Thames? What could be worth the killings of two women not known to one another?

“A flush of warmth crept across Jason’s face and he rubbed the back of his neck. Vengeance was all he could offer her now.”

If you’re looking for a thriller packed with action starting from the first page to the very last, this is a book you’ll want to get your hands on. It gives me blockbuster action/thriller movie vibes, filled with death, destruction, gritty fight scenes, secrets, and of course, a tough-minded CSI who’s boxing background gives him a one-up on potential suspects. Too bad his mouth doesn’t do the same.


Jason Wade is an East End boxer-turned-Police Crime Scene Investigator. He likes his job, has a good circle of friends, and is never short of female admirers. But, although on the outside his life looks an enviable one, behind closed doors he has more than one secret hidden away.

When a female body is dragged from the Thames, the skeletons from Jason’s past quickly begin to resurface and his near-perfect life slowly begins to spiral out of control. But, when a second victim is pulled from the Thames with amnesia, Jason questions if the two accidents are related to each other.

With none of his colleagues believing there is a link between the two incidences, and ordered to stay away from the case by his boss, will investigating these seemingly unrelated cases lead Jason to his own downfall, and how many of his friends will he take with him?


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Synopsis courtesy of Donna Collins. A special thanks to Donna Collins for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. This review and links are not affiliated with nor the publisher of this book, Willow Publishing. All words and opinions herein are my own.

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