Official Review: Waterlilies Over My Grave

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Official Review: Waterlilies Over My Grave

Post by Elle Howard » 06 Jun 2018, 17:03

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Waterlilies Over My Grave" by Patricia A. Guthrie.]
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Waterlilies Over My Graveis a psychological thriller written by Patricia A. Guthrie. The main character, Annabelle (Anna) O’Brien, is a psychologist that has started a new practice in the tourist town of Lake Nager, Wisconsin. Anna appears professional and poised. However, Anna has a dark secret. Her ex-husband is stalking her. Anna changes her name and moves across the country to escape his harassment.

Dr. Duncan Byrne is Anna’s ex-husband. He suffers a psychological break after receiving his divorce from Annabelle. He is very bitter and angry with her for leaving him. Anna is his former protege, and he feels she owes her successful career to him. He fantasizes over the awful things he has done to Anna. He plots ways he intends to make her pay for leaving him. An innocent phone call reveals to him where she is hiding. He sets his plans for revenge into motion.

Detective Mark Driscoll is Anna’s first patient at Lake Nager Medical Center. He is dealing with the aftermath of killing a man while on duty and is attending mandatory counseling. He is bitter about having to see a psychologist and is very rude and mean to Anna. He witnesses several violent acts directed at Anna and realizes she has a stalker. He is assigned to protect her, and a sexual attraction develops. Mark avoids his growing fascination with Anna by focusing on catching a serial killer that is murdering young women in Lake Nager.

One of my favorite parts of this novel is the dedication that the author makes to women in life-threatening situations that are forced to leave their families and friends to escape. I think this captured the essence of this novel perfectly. Anna is a successful, educated woman in an emotionally violent relationship. The author did an exceptional job giving the reader a glimpse into how this relationship started. The author demonstrates, through Anna’s story, how dangerous it can be to not seek appropriate protection if you find yourself in one of these relationships.

My only criticism of the novel is that I would have preferred the novel stayed focused on the Anna/Duncan/Mark triangle and not included the serial killer side story. I can understand why the author included this story. It did have a purpose which I will not discuss because I do not want to spoil the book for other readers. However, there are a lot of dynamics between the three main characters. I think the novel would have had more impact if it had stayed focused on these relationships. Also, I would have liked more explanation as to why Duncan behaved the way he did. The novel was missing that critical piece of information.

I rate Waterlilies Over My Gravea 4 out of 4 stars. This novel does not disappoint when it comes to nail-biting action. The storyline is not complex, but it is exciting and unpredictable. The ending left me longing for a sequel. It reads very quickly and flows very smoothly. The book appears to be professionally edited and free of errors. This book will appeal to fans of both action/suspense and romance novels. The writing style is similar to books written by Mary Higgins Clark, and Nora Roberts so fans of these authors will enjoy this novel. Victims of violent, domestic abuse might find the subject matter a little upsetting. Overall, this is a great novel and I hope the author has a sequel in mind for these characters.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 08 Jun 2018, 01:11

Wow I definitely like to see this book become a BOTM. There is a lot to discuss in this read. Fascinating beyond words. A psychological thriller as this seems to have a lot hidden agenda but the book cover does not show this at all. It is not striking as the story goes. Thank you, definitely on my shelf!
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Post by teacherjh » 08 Jun 2018, 02:23

I love psychological thrillers. This sounds great. I would never have guessed the content by looking at the cover.

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Post by joshfee77 » 08 Jun 2018, 02:56

Wow, this is just my sort of thriller! I have read a few Mary Higgins Clark books in the past and really enjoyed them. Psychological terror is definitely my favourite genre of all. The detail re how the protagonist found herself caught in an abusive relationship sounds intriguing. Great review!

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Post by kfwilson6 » 08 Jun 2018, 15:08

Love Clark, Roberts, and psychological thrillers! This sounds right up my alley, and I think the serial killer aspect actually adds more enjoyment for me. Your comment about not wanting to spoil anything makes me wonder if the serial killer piece ties back to Duncan some how.....

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Post by SamSim » 08 Jun 2018, 17:15

Sounds like this would keep me guessing on the edge of my seat. Great review!
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Post by Elle Howard » 08 Jun 2018, 18:47

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
08 Jun 2018, 01:11
Wow I definitely like to see this book become a BOTM. There is a lot to discuss in this read. Fascinating beyond words. A psychological thriller as this seems to have a lot hidden agenda but the book cover does not show this at all. It is not striking as the story goes. Thank you, definitely on my shelf!
Once I finished reading this novel, my first thought was this would make a great BOTM!
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Post by holsam_87 » 08 Jun 2018, 23:55

With as many problems with domestic violence as there are in society today, I think that this book would do a great job in bringing about discussions and showing the necessary resources to help those in need. I would love to read this.
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Post by Page_flick » 09 Jun 2018, 15:21

I will definitely love to read this because it is my type of book. Im a big fan of nora roberts also. The book sounds like a movie I've seen once but I'll like to explore this story.

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Post by sojimoh1 » 09 Jun 2018, 23:18

This really caught my attention, this psychological thriller is one of a kind, the serial killer kept me guessing. Wonderful review! :tiphat:

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