This week I read Surface Tension by Christine Kling.
In this strong suspense debut, Seychelle Sullivan owns a salvage tug near Fort Lauderdale, and makes a precarious living piloting luxury yachts and sportfishing boats in the Florida waters. When her radio picks up a distress call from the Top Ten, she hurries to the scene, hoping to net a windfall. The luxurious yacht is skippered by her former lover, Neal, who seems to have abandoned ship and left a dead body behind. Who is the dead girl, where is Neal, why do the police suspect Seychelle, and how much can she hope to recover for salvaging the yacht? When she finds her modest cottage has been searched and her stash of emergency money is missing, she figures Neal must be alive, hiding from the police or from the girl's killer. The Top Ten's representative offers a paltry sum to settle the salvage claim, so Seychelle decides to find out who the real owner is and go to arbitration. As the tension and suspense build, Seychelle's existence becomes increasingly precarious.
I enjoyed this book and I'm glad after the last flop. If you've read my other book reviews, I'm sure you can tell I'm into mystery and suspense and this was just that. It was different because of all the boat and sailing terminology, so I feel like I learnt a little something!
The main character, Seychelle, is pretty likable and I was rooting for her the whole book. Seemed like she just couldn't catch a break (obviously)! I have determined that I suspect every single character until they either prove themselves or the real suspect is found. I even suspected Seychelle's best friend! Trust issues much?
Bottom line, I liked this book and I believe this is a series too, so I may check out the second installment!