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The Girl Beneath the Sea

de Andrew Mayne

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Sloan McPherson is a recovery specialist for the Florida police. She hails from a family with a shady background: salvage specialists, who are not above smuggling. Her uncle is in prison. She is trying to make amends, and while diving for work, a dead body is tossed into the water where she is working. Sloan is tough, but takes a lot of risks, especially with a young daughter and an estranged father. For me at least, this plot was highly implausible, and Sloan's miraculous escapes beyond belief. I liked George Solar, who inexplicably aided Sloan repeatedly, after being the one responsible for putting Sloan's uncle in prison and a pariah to the McPherson family. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
She's not wanted for murder. Yet. But the coincidence of a dead body dumped by drug gangs on the exact site where Sloan McPherson is diving for artifcats staggers the imagination. After losing her part time gig as a cop and coming under investigation by the DEA, the state police, the local police and several other federal agencies, Sloan decides she needs to solve the mystery to restore her reputation. But her only apparent ally is the retired cop who put her uncle in jail for drug smuugling. Can she trust him? And what choice does she have with government agencies, corrupt government agents, and drug lords all trying to kill her? Mayne weaves a compelling tale of intrigue and adventure couple with good characterizations that invite the reader into deeper participation in the story. There aren't a lot of plot twists, but enough to keep you reading. The book is a quick read and sets up some likely sequels. This is my 3rd or 4th of his books, and I enjoy reading them, he writes smoothly and tells stories in a way that keeps the pages turning until you are suddenly done. This is another good one. ( )
  Al-G | May 14, 2021 |
This book was fun to read, but I don't know how realistic some of the situations were (or could be). ( )
  turtal30 | Apr 19, 2021 |
I was introduced to Andrew Mayne's writing by his first Dr. Theo Cray mystery, The Naturalist, and when I learned that this mystery was the first in a new series about a woman police diver, I knew I had to give it a try. At the end of The Girl Beneath the Sea, I had mixed emotions... but I'm game to read the next book in the series (Black Coral, released in February 2021).

Mayne certainly knows how to tell a riveting story, even though the plot seems to be a bit far-fetched at times, and he also knows how to create a main character with a distinctive voice. The youngest child and only girl of the McPherson family, Sloan is a self-professed "alpha wolf," and it's true that her brothers do not make appearances in this book. Her shady family background in treasure hunting and drug smuggling has made her believe that she's always got to prove herself to everyone, and it's this that I had the most problems with. As an alpha wolf, she thinks nothing of putting herself in extremely dangerous situations with no backup, and I found her occasional TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) moments exasperating, especially since she's a single mother. If the story hadn't been so compelling, I would have stopped reading for this reason alone. I can't stand women who are TSTL.

However, as I said, Mayne knows how to tell a compelling story, and there are two things I really liked about The Girl Beneath the Sea: (1) teaming Sloan with DEA agent George Solar, a man she hates for putting her beloved uncle behind bars, and (2) the underwater scenes. Mayne is a diver himself, and he brings the underwater sequences to life. There's a lot of fascinating information about diving and the underwater world to be learned here, and he really had me squirming whenever Sloan was diving in those murky Florida canals. (I love the water, but I want to be able to see what's in the water with me if you know what I mean.) Teaming Sloan with George Solar puts a cap on those hare-brained solo stunts of hers and makes her grow up emotionally.

Even though the plot seemed a bit unbelievable from time to time, and even though I wanted to shake some sense into Sloan whenever she decided to dive in and save the day all by her lonesome, I do want to read the next book in the series. If Sloan continues her ill-advised ways in the second book, that's when I'll call it quits. ( )
  cathyskye | Jan 2, 2021 |
I got this book for free through the Amazon First Reads program. Needless to say - not a fan. I cannot believe that this book had a four-star rating. The Synopsis was better than the book. Everything felt forced. There wasn't really much depth in it. Not exciting or intriguing. Very slow read. The conclusion was boring. I didn't feel connected with the characters. I think they placed a little too much emphasis on nautical vocab instead of crime which confused and caused me to be lost at times given my lack of knowledge of the seas and boats. ( )
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