Through Waters Deep met all of my requirements for a perfect read.
Combine history (well-researched, and really well-detailed), suspense, intrigue, and romance, and I’m a happy reader. This book had all of it.
It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.
Unfortunately, this book also had some awkward relationship struggles in the middle, which I found I grew tired of by the end, but they resolved well and I was really pleased with how the book ended (which, don’t worry, I won’t spoil!).
The character development, which for me is always something I’m very picky about, was excellent! The historical details were well-explained, and lent really well to a strong military plot line. I’m fascinated by war history, especially naval history, and this book hit it right on the head.
Jim and Mary found their way into my heart quite quickly, and by the end I could not put the book down. What a great read! There were many times that I was just right at the edge of my seat, not able to stop, because if I stopped it would be hours before I knew how a conflict would resolve! And we can’t have that!
Sarah Sundin is an excellent writer, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for other books of hers as well. If this one is any indication, I’d love to read them all. The end of the book had some advertising pictures for other series she’s written.
I received this book free from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review, in association with Graf-Martin Communications.