Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Beginning of an Intense Mystery Series: Adrift (Review)

In this breathtaking mystery debut, marine biologist–turned-divemaster Meredith Cavallo stands accused of a chilling crime after a dive gone wrong. But do the murky circumstances point to an accident, a murder, or a supernatural encounter?

Mer thought adjusting to a laid-back life in the Florida Keys would be a breeze. But when she rescues a floundering diver who claims to have seen a ghost, she's caught in a storm of intrigue. News of the encounter explodes on social media, attracting a team of ghost hunters who want to capture proof that a greenish ghoul haunts Key Largo's famed USS Spiegel Grove shipwreck.

Meredith knows the wreck inside and out, and agrees to act as their safety diver. When Ishmael, the charismatic leader of the group, vanishes during a midnight dive, everyone except Mer is convinced the ghost has claimed another victim. Topside, the tenacious detective in charge of the investigation finds Mer's involvement in both incidents suspicious, and her enigmatic neighbor resurrects ghosts from her past.

Determined to find a rational explanation, Mer approaches Ishmael's disappearance as any scientist would—by asking questions, gathering data, and deducing the truth. But the victim's life is as shrouded in mystery as his disappearance. Still, something happened under the water and before long, she's in over her head. When someone tries to kill her, she knows the truth is about to surface. Maybe dead men do tell tales after all.
A Mer Cavallo Mystery #1
Micki Browning
Pub Date: 1/10/17
Alibi (RandomHouse Publishing Group)
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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Adrift is the first in what is sure to be an intense mystery series. Micki Browning introduces marine biologist Mer Cavallo who is caught between science and the supernatural in this thrilling read.

When she rescues a drowning diver who claims to have seen a ghost among the ruins of the Spiegel Grove shipwreck, Mer is confronted with a shaken foundation. Could everything she believes about science and the facts of the world be upturned based on one mans claim? She wholeheartedly disbelieves his story until she goes out with a team of ghost hunters as their safety diver. Mer is determined to find out whether she truly saw something out of the ordinary the night of the dive or if there is a logical explanation.

Though Mer is a marine biologist, the story isn't necessarily about her knowledge of cephalopods. She throws out some facts about octopuses here and there, but the plot isn't directly linked to marine biology. It saves readers the boredom of having to read through pages of some kind of information dump. Adrift strikes the perfect balance of creepy and intriguing. Then there's a little romance thrown in the mix that adds an element of drama to the plot. Mer is intelligent and it shows in the way she approaches the impossible mystery laid before her. However, she has a hard time maneuvering through social normalcies which makes her more relatable. She may not know how to read emotions in other people, but she sure knows how to solve a mystery.

I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, because the way Adrift ends is totally unfair! However, I must admit that the abrupt ending has enhanced my desire for more.
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*



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