New York Times best-selling 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 suspense
After 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.
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An easy holiday read, but not such a splendid listen. To be fair, with all those accents, it was a tall order to narrate well. The plot and sense of place were good but I was unconvinced by the dialogue or most of the characters.
The narrator was unable to do an English accent, particular male English accents without sounding annoying and pompous. This detracted from the story in several ways and made the male lead really unappealing and the love story uncomfortable. This may also not have been helped by some extra cheesy dialogue. The narrator generally did well with the variety of accents but there was a nasal quality to her voice that I found distracting.
Despite the unconvincing dialogue, the plot of Night Diver was enjoyable and the description of ocean, Island and storm was elemental and inspires me to spend more time by the sea and in nature generally.