Review – Black Water Tales, The Secret Keepers by JeanNicole Rivers

Title: Black Water Tales, The Secret Keepers
Author: JeanNicole Rivers
Series: Black Water Tales #1
Genre: YA Mystery Suspense
Published: April 16th 2012

Book Description

It’s midnight when Regina Dean she receives a harrowing phone call. On the other end of the line a scratchy voice whispers, “They found her, Regina…they found her.” Over the phone Regina learns that the corpse of her best friend, Lola Rusher, has been found and she must return to her, Godforsaken, hometown of Black Water for the funeral of the beloved girl who disappeared when they were both only sixteen years old. Regina returns to Black Water and is reunited with a cast of old friends. Soon Regina realizes that the details revealed with the discovery of Lola’s corpse do not make sense, especially the fact that Lola’s body was dug up on the land of their childhood piano teacher. Determined to lay Lola to rest, Regina launches her own investigation, but someone in Black Water warns Regina to STOP DIGGING. She is thrown into a race to solve the mystery before she loses her mind or meets Lola’s fate. Though Regina’s hometown is a fun house of disturbing characters and distorted images, the truth about what happened to Lola Rusher will be revealed along with a most unexpected and perverse secret that threatens to expose everyone in Black Water. Everyone knows something, but no one knows everything…

My Review

When I read about 40% into this book I already decided that there was no way in hell that I will ever move to a town called Black Water…… everything is just too freaky!! If someone ever asks you or you have the sudden urge go there, DON’T DO IT!! The people there are wacky and there are so many evil secrets that they are hiding that you want no part of!!

After the body of Regina’s best friend Lola is discovered, 8 years after her disappearance, Regina heads home to support her old friends and her family. Some of the details about Lola's death don’t add up, so Regina decides to investigate further, only to be lead on a goose chase and she gets herself and the people she cares about in danger.

The build up of this story was a little slow at first, as the author fills us in on a lot of details on the way, but once we hit the climax of the book I found it really hard to put it down. There is so much secrecy in the small town and once some of the secrets were revealed, I was amazed! JeanNicole is very descriptive and I was able to imagine myself in the scenery that she was conveying to me.

At some stages I even thought that I would go crazy as Regina believed she was. She was under a lot of pressure and she was completely focused on the circumstances of Lola's death. She is a determined person, and loyal to her friends, however everyone has their own secrets that they don't want revealed.

There is so much I want to tell you, but it would give a lot of secrets away. Black Water Tales is a very powerful read that will have you on the edge of your seat. You will always be guessing who the culprit is and your suspicions will change. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to future tales in this creepy town. There were some other mysteries revealed throughout this story that have been left open for future tales, but Regina’s story appears to be wrapped up. I will never visit Black Water ever!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author – JeanNicole Rivers

I was born in the tiny, but lovable town of Centralia, IL which has a two screen movie theatre, one high school and still celebrates May Fete, so I had no choice, but to develop a fantastic imagination. Since childhood I have been writing everything from short stories to songs, but I have always aspired to compose a novel. Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers is my first novel and the first book in what will be a series of thriller novels. Meeting diverse and interesting people are exciting to me and as a result I have taken to writing executive biographies in my spare time. Philosophy was my study in college and I received a Bachelor of Arts in the subject from Florida International University. Writing is one of my most favored artistic pursuits, but my love for the arts does not stop there, I am also a vocalist and actress and participate in local theater in Houston Texas.

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  1. Ha - will definitely stay away from Black Water, but would love to read the book it looks like a twisty turning ride. I could give some names of real towns that are a bit creepy, but will protect the identities of the innocent LOL Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. It is a great book.... Will keep you on the edge of your seat, that's for sure!!


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