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Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-08
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Lisa
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the adventurous and deadly world of underwater treasure hunters in a heart-stopping tale that superbly combines atmosphere, action, romance, and suspenseAfter a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family's diving and marine-recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate's financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares.Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty—including narrowly surviving an underwater explosives accident. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island—even if they are the world-famous Diving Donnellys. But in his new civilian job, Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship. When equipment, treasure, and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets—and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore.
A family tragedy sent teenage Kate Donnelly running from the only life she’d known, the life she loved unconditionally until the ocean took her beloved parents. She left behind a grandfather and an older brother, Larry, to pick up the pieces of a once thriving salvage operation aboard the Golden Bough.
Over the years she kept her personal vow to stay away. Kate made a new life for herself until the day an impassioned phone call from Larry begging for help brings her full circle and back to the island of Saint Vincent. At the same time Holden Cameron also arrives on the island. The decorated military diver was forced to retire due to injuries and now works for Her Majesties Government Antiquities Office. It will be Holden’s job to ascertain whether to shut down the salvage operation immediately or give the captain of the Golden Bough more rope to financially hang.
The Donnelly ship is anchored over the Moon Rose, a pirate ship rumored to be filled with treasure though very little has been found thus far. Either the wreck is a bust or someone is helping themselves on their own time. From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Kate and Holden is palpable, added spice is the mystery of whether there’s a treasure to be found. If anyone is stealing it must be a Donnelly, every clue they unearth points to Larry or Grandpa. The clock is ticking and a hurricane is barreling down on them just to make things even more interesting…
Night Diver is simply…wow! Author Elizabeth Lowell knows exactly how to draw the reader in with cleverly constructed word building, a multi-layered plotline, and most importantly characters who grow and adapt. Even the most land locked reader will feel the neoprene suits and the bubbles and understand what’s happening. Kate is a delight, Holden is absolutely luscious. As Night Diver unfolds the mysteries begin, the red herrings, and the dropped crumbs. Then the climax twists, turns, and explodes. The real treasure is reading Night Diver.