Girl Under Water: An absolutely unputdownable and gripping crime thriller

· Detective Charlotte Winters Book 2 · Bookouture
9 reviews

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Her numb fingers scrabble over upholstery, over metal, over glass, searching for a way out. Water stings her eyes as she’s dragged downward, clinging to her last breath as she’s absorbed into the cold dark below…

When Gloria Carmichael’s body is found broken and bleeding on the sidewalk just days after knocking on Detective Charlie Winters’ door begging for help to locate her father’s will, Charlie’s instinct is confirmed: her latest case is about more than just a simple family feud.

The Carmichaels are famous in Salem Island for their large family and charitable work, but, moments before she died, beautiful, trustworthy eldest daughter Gloria called Charlie to say she had uncovered a terrible secret that would break the mystery of her father’s death wide open.

With the voice of her murdered sister ringing in her ears —pushing her to risk everything to bring justice to the innocent —Charlie takes matters into her own hands. She won’t let another family break apart like her own, and she knows the answers she needs are hidden somewhere inside the Carmichael home.

But as Charlie races to confront her main suspect—a file containing evidence that will devastate the Carmichael family on the car seat beside her —she’s rammed off the road and over the edge of a nearby cliff. Fighting for breath in a sinking car, Charlie has to survive or other innocent lives will be taken. Everyone involved is keeping secrets, but only one twisted soul is prepared to kill to keep theirs…

An addictive crime thriller with twists at every turn, you won’t know what hit you after you’ve finished Girl Under Water. A perfect read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster ride for anyone who adores Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Mary Burton.

Readers love Girl Under Water:

‘WOW!!!… I absolutely loved this book… So many twists, turns and shocking revelations revealed!... Mind blown and totally shocked with the ending that I would have not guessed in a million years!!Loved the twist! Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews


‘A thrill-a-minute ride which left me guessing right to the conclusion… I totally loved and can highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Full of suspenseful twists and turns that kept me glued to my kindle…’ @lianareadsblog

Completely addicted… I literally haven't been able to put it downdevoured this entire book in just one sitting… had me on the edge of my seat and I literally feel as though I have been on a rollercoaster made me hold my breath and feel completely on edge.’ Little Miss Book Lover 87, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

9 reviews
Misty's Corner Reviews
December 17, 2020
"Girl Under Water” by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain was quite an enjoyable read! I was sucked right into the distracting world of family drama, greed, and mystery! I won't waste anyone's time going into the book summary; the book’s blurb/description does a rather fine job of that. While this is book two in a series, it absolutely can be read as a standalone. ’An absolutely unputdownable and gripping crime thriller.’ That tagline sure does stand up to its claims. ”Girl Under Water” was fast-paced and action-packed, filled to the brim with twists and turns - most of which I did not see coming! Those final reveals were both disturbing and jaw-dropping. Detective Charlotte Winters's character was a nice change of pace. After being contacted to take on a case, she throws herself full force into the investigation, fighting for the truth, and ultimately the lives of all involved as everyone's secrets come sinking down, one by one. I appreciated how this book, this series, is told from a private investigator’s perspective. Additionally, Charlie's scenes with her mother made her character feel realistic, easier to connect to; after all, don't we all struggle with family from time to time? Luckily Charlie’s ongoing mental conversations with her long-deceased twin sister Allie habitually come at just the right time, providing some much-needed comedic relief! Of course, I can't forget to mention Vivien Marley - she was a hoot! You'll see why when you get there! I'm looking forward to reading the first book in this series, ”First Girl Gone,” and hopefully the next! I'd happily recommend this to my fellow crime thriller fans! Many thanks to NetGalley, the authors L.T. Vargus & Tim Mcbain, and the publishers at Bookouture for my copy.
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Cathy Geha
December 17, 2020
REVIEW Girl Under Water by L.T. Vargus Detective Charlotte Winters #2 Charlie Winters has a new assistant and a new case. She is hoping her uncle Frank will get good feedback from his oncologist and is eager to find a good way to care for her mother while she works in her uncle’s place at A1 Investigations. Meeting Charlie in book one I found the conversations she had with her sister, missing twenty years and presumed dead, interesting. I just reviewed my previous review and was reminded that Charlie left a job elsewhere to return too Michigan and was conflicted about that move. As in book one, the prologue sets the stage for the case Charlie will be working on and within the first chapter or so we meet the main characters and potential killer. What I liked: * Charlie: seemed intelligent, focused, and a good person. She cared about her mother and uncle and…heard the voice of her long gone sister. * Frank: didn’t see much of him but did like Charlie’s uncle and hope to se more of him in book three. * The way the story was presented…the time line and slow presentation of tidbits was intriguing * Who Charlie called on for assistance – would like to hear more about Zoe, Mason and Paige in future books * That it is set in Michigan * The way Charlie pursued the case * That I was not sure who the killer was till near the end – and then there was a twist * The other twist, or two, or more…hmm… * That the killer was revealed and dealt with * knowing there will be another book to look forward to and hoping to learn more about the cast of characters in book three. What I didn’t like: * Knowing that family dynamics can be “bad” and that dysfunctional families exist as they did in this book. * The lengths some of the characters went to for the reasons they thought were justifiable * Having to wait to read book three…am curious. Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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Dawn Myers
March 18, 2021
Girl Under Water had me guess all the way through, I never did figure out who the killer was till L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain wanted me too. In my opinion this book was full of suspense, surprises and there was even a little bit of an EWWWW factor. I found this to be a great second book in the series. There were a couple of places in the book that I felt Charlie's struggles. L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain brought me into the story and I couldn't put it down. If you read the first book I would highly recommend this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader's copy.
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