When Brigitte and her family moved from the city, they were supposed to be happier. And safer.
But soon her crime-writer ex-boyfriend turns up in town to promote his new novel, in which a woman is found dead — murdered — in a country lake. Hours later, Brigitte watches the police pull a body from the water near her Gippsland home.
Her husband, a country cop now, is at the scene, though it’s not his investigation; he’s only helping the Melbourne Homicide Squad. But there’s something he’s not telling Brigitte.
With her personal life spiralling out of control once more, and fearing her family is in danger, who can Brigitte turn to? And what if she makes the wrong choice?
Dead in the Water is about trying to escape the cycle of trauma. It delves into the darkness beneath the surface of fear, betrayal, and revenge, to find a glimmer of hope.
About the Author
Tania Chandler is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. Her debut novel, Please Don’t Leave Me Here, was selected for State Library Victoria’s Summer Read program, and has been shortlisted for best debut novel for both the Davitt and Ned Kelly awards. Dead in the Water is her second novel, and is a sequel to Please Don’t Leave Me Here.
'When your last name is Chandler, your writing had better be good, and Tania Chandler delivers again. A crime writer who cares about her sentences as much as her characters, her atmospheric writing is taut and terrific. Dead in the Water is that rare book that satisfies as a stand alone novel but is actually a sequel. Whether you start with this or her first book, Please Don't Leave Me Here, Chandler demonstrates her ability to deliver a psychologically nuanced portrayal of damaged lives.' - Aoife Clifford, author of All These Perfect Strangers;'Chandler creates believable characters, having the ability to make the struggles of ordinary people compelling. Brigitte is an original hero - an ordinary person, with her own struggles, drawn into extraordinary events. The domestic drama is as compelling as the crime investigation.' - Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project;'Dead in the Water unsettles with an all-too-imaginable homegrown brand of suspense.' - Honey Brown, author of Through the Cracks